Government Communications Security Bureau

Overview

  • Are you naturally curious?
  • Want to know you are helping keep our country safe?
  • Want unique challenges and loads of variety?


The New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) is a community of government agencies working together to build a safer and more prosperous New Zealand. We are committed to doing beyond the ordinary work every day to keep New Zealanders safe. We investigate, we analyse and we advise.
The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) forms part of the NZIC and has an exciting Graduate Programme for those looking for something different.  We look for intelligent and enthusiastic graduates to join us in keeping New Zealanders safe, while also looking after the economic and wellbeing of New Zealand too. 
We are now hiring for our IT Graduate Programme 2023; for those with strong skills in and/or interest in engineering (network, systems, software), computer science, data science, telecommunications, network analysis and/or cyber security.
During the 16 month programme you will learn more about our industry, while using your strong analytical and problem solving skills across a number of different parts of GCSB. 

To be successful
Successful graduates from previous years have studied maths, science, engineering, languages, international studies, IT and psychology to name but a few – but they all demonstrated the following:
  • Strong critical and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A commitment to integrity and the ability to be discrete and diplomatic
  • A team player attitude
  • Proven academic success and broad life skills
  • A strong desire to keep New Zealand and New Zealanders safe

What do we offer?
  • A supportive team environment – we have a friendly, collegiate and inclusive culture where you can focus and learn and differences are respected. 
  • Unique work - which involves thinking outside the box and coming up with original creative and analytical solutions. While we can’t tell you too much at this stage, we can tell you it won’t be like any other opportunity you can find in New Zealand! 
  • Variety with customised rotations – you will gain a broad industry understanding before deciding which area you want to specialise in.  You will then have access to an amazing career pathway across a number of areas without the need to change employers.
  • Extra benefits – flexible hours for work/life balance, a fun social club, in-house gym, health insurance and eye checks are just some of our everyday perks.
  • A permanent position at the end of the graduate programme.
 
So if you are up for the challenge and want a career, not just a job, where no two days are ever the same … apply with us today! 

We hire students studying

Information Systems
Information Technology
Mathematics
Sciences

Available Positions

What Do We Offer?

A supportive team environment – we have a friendly, collegiate and inclusive culture where you can focus and learn and differences are respected.
Unique work - which involves thinking outside the box and coming up with original creative and analytical solutions. While we can’t tell you too much at this stage, we can tell you it won’t be like any other opportunity you can find in New Zealand! 
Variety with customised rotations – you will gain a broad industry understanding before deciding which area you want to specialise in.  You will then have access to an amazing career pathway across a number of areas without the need to change employers.
Extra benefits – flexible hours for work/life balance, a fun social club, in-house gym, extra annual leave, health insurance, and eye checks are just some of our everyday perks.
A permanent position at the end of the graduate programme.
Working with us also entails being comfortable about not talking to friends and family about what you do at work, or in some circumstances not even telling them where you work. Our organisation does protect state secrets and we take our roles seriously, so confidentiality is mandatory for everyone.

So if you are up for the challenge and want a career, not just a job, where no two days are ever the same … check out our website for more information to see if this is the career for you! Where else can you find a career which has great work stories which you can’t share … that takes a special sort of person to feel that pride – but say nothing!

We need a variety of skilled people in our industry and some of the skills we are looking for might surprise you.  Do you have the following? 


  • Strong critical and analytical skills?
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills?
  • A commitment to integrity and the ability to be discrete and diplomatic?
  • A team player attitude?
  • Proven academic success and broad life skills?
  • A strong desire to keep New Zealand and New Zealanders safe?
 
We need Technical stream candidates with:

Strong skills in and/or interest in:
o engineering (network, systems, software),
o computer science,
o data science,
o telecommunications,
o network analysis and/or
o cyber security.

Ideally, you will have completed, or be completing an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in:
o Computer Science,
o Information Technology, or
o Engineering.

If you are smart, insightful, articulate, inquisitive and an intuitive team player who loves a challenge then what are you waiting for? 

Before applying – make sure you can say yes to the following entry criteria:


1. Eligible to apply – To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years. Alternatively you must hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and ideally have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.
 
2. Security Check - Able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Special (TSS) security clearance - usually this means you must have a 15-year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be done.
 
3. Discretion is important - Accept you cannot talk to anyone about your application with us at this stage - as this could affect your application, your future opportunities, and your ongoing security clearance.
 
4. Get behind our mission - Supportive of, and identify with our mission to keep New Zealand safe.
 
5. Grade average - Have achieved a consistently high-grade average in your relevant tertiary studies.
 
6. It’s a long process - Understand that this will be a long application process that will happen in the background.  We will keep you updated throughout the process though, as we know it can be daunting waiting.

If you’re interested in taking the next step you will need to register a profile with us through our recruitment system, answer a few questions and provide a copy of your resume and academic record to date. 
 
Applications for our 2023 IT Graduate Programme are now open!.

FAQs

1. Why can’t I tell anyone I have applied to your organisation?
This industry requires absolute discretion in order for you and your colleagues to do their jobs safely.  Anyone interested in joining us, regardless of the role, are required to maintain a high level of secrecy. We are happy to go into more detail about how to manage this if you reach the interview stage.  Until then it is best to not say anything to anyone as it can impact your application and future career. 
 
2. What sort of work would I be doing?
We can’t go into any details just yet but we can tell you that you will be working with the latest technology, doing a lot of research, lateral thinking, and analysis. Depending on your background it could include: system administration, technical analysis, cyber threat analysis, system engineers, communication analysis, production analysis, data analysis, and cryptanalysis to name just a few.
 
3. Where will I be based?
You will most likely be based in one of our offices in Wellington, but there may be some travel involved at times to other offices nationally as well. Some may be based in other offices.
 
4. What does the recruitment process include?
  1. Apply – submit your application form, cover letter, resume and a copy of your academic record to date through our website / recruitment system.
  2. Cognitive Testing - we will email you if you have been shortlisted.
  3. Phone screen - we will call you if you have been shortlisted.
  4. Assessment Centre – assessing your problem solving, team player and communication skills.
  5. Panel Interview – a behavioral and situational based interview.
  6. Reference checks/Psychometric Assessments.
  7. Conditional Offer - subject to passing our vetting process.
  8. Security Vetting - Top Secret Special clearance required.
  9. Unconditional Offer - confirmed by early January.
  
5. How long will it take to get through the recruitment process?
Our process needs to be extremely thorough and this does mean it can take a while. You will need patience, but we will keep you up to date throughout the process.  Often the most time-consuming element is at the end of the process when we commence our detailed background vetting.  This can take months, depending on your individual background, after the interview stage.  You can help control how long it takes though by ensuring your personal referees complete their paperwork and return it ASAP.  We will discuss how this works during your interview.
  
6. What do you look for in the vetting process? I'm not sure what to expect!
We have a statutory mandate to provide security vetting services to all NZ government agencies. This includes a series of background checks and assessments to ensure people entrusted with national protectively marked resources are suitable to have access and demonstrate appropriate behavior in both their personal and professional lives.  It is an intrusive process - however, your privacy and dignity are respected.  The process is non-discriminatory and will go back 15 years for those over 33 years of age, or from the age of 18 for those under the age of 32.
You may worry that you have done something silly in your past, or have friends and family who may have an impact on your application.  If this is the case please feel free to review our website for more details, or contact us if you would prefer a quick confidential chat and don’t exclude yourself without talking first.  There are no guarantees until you have gone through the vetting process in full, however, we are happy to discuss your options before you commence your application.  The main point is that you are honest with us – even if it isn’t something you are comfortable talking about normally.  And we can promise we don’t share!
 
7. What is the starting salary?
Your initial salary would be around $50,000, depending upon experience.  Your future salary will then increase depending on what role you take on at the end of the program and your yearly performance reviews.
 
8. Any quirky things I should know?
We have strict IT policies which include leaving all electronic equipment in a secure location, so you won’t have them within reach for the majority of the day.  Can you cope without your mobile phone, Fitbit etc?  The upside is that you have 100% focus while at work and you can’t take your work home so you have a real work/life balance.  It may take some time to adjust – but we have all got used to it so you can too.
 
You will have a second family once you join us and since you can’t talk to others outside of the community about your work, we encourage everyone to come along to our end of week social functions where you can unwind and debrief with your team before heading home. 

Scholarships

Scholarship value
The value of this award is $10,000, which can be spread over three years depending on your study plans. Note, no more than $5,000 will be allocated in any one year.

Eligibility
Open to female second year tertiary students and above (including Honours and Masters) intending to take a full-time course of study in computer science, cyber security, technology, mathematics, computer engineering, and data science at any New Zealand tertiary institution.
 
Selection criteria
To be eligible for the GCSB Tertiary Scholarship, applicants must be:
  • Female students over the age of 18 years
  • In your second, or subsequent year of full time tertiary study (including Honours and Masters students)
  • Have enrolled, or been accepted into a full time degree majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand for the next academic year. Note: the STEM disciplines we are interested in include computer science, cyber security, technology, mathematics, computer engineering, and data science.
  • A New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

Number of scholarships
Up to three scholarships may be awarded, of which, one will be dedicated to a Māori/Pasifika candidate.
 
How will applications be assessed?
  • Proven leadership qualities and/or experience
  • Voluntary work (including coaching and mentoring)
  • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a STEM career
  • Clear understanding of the importance of STEM for New Zealand
  • Academic achievement and excellence
 
Selection process
  • Applications will be reviewed by a representative from People and Capability, a representative/s from our Women in Tech (WIT) staff network, and representatives from the relevant areas of GCSB, to identify our top 10 applicants.
  • A short phone interview with each of the top 10 applicants will then be conducted by a representative from People and Capability, to identify the top 5 candidates.
  • The top 5 candidates will then be invited to meet with a panel. The panel will include the Director-General of GCSB, a representative/s from our WIT staff network, and a representative/s from the relevant areas of GCSB.
 
Application timeframe
  • Applications open 1 July and close on 1 October.
  • Successful scholarship winner/s will be notified in November.
 
How to apply
Please complete the application form located on the GCSB website and submit your application to scholarship@nzic.govt.nz.

For all general enquiries email scholarship@nzic.govt.nz.