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Command Centre Watchkeeper

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
Defence, corrections & security
Wellington - Upper Hutt
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do
The Command Centre Watchkeeper provides Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand (HQ JFNZ) desk staff with continual oversight of activities by assigned forces.
This is a 24/7 operation you'll work in shifts to ensure the Command Centre is operated where you'll be the central point of contact and the initial response for assigned forces.

What we need

Our ideal candidate has thorough knowledge of the New Zealand Defence Force organisation and structure, as well as an operational understanding/background with experience in operating within a classified or secure environment with access to sensitive information.

Your advanced computer skills and ability to handle multiple sources of information, and effectively manage changing priorities is what we're after in this challenging yet satisfying role.

Your understanding of the Official Information Act and the Privacy Act will prove beneficial, as will your self-motivation and organisational skills.

Who we are

The mission of Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand (HQ JFNZ) is to prepare, deploy, command and support assigned forces, in order to contribute to the security of New Zealand and her interests.  As such the Headquarters staff carry out a wide range of activities - planning and support for operations and training activities, planning and assistance to government agencies, preparing budgets, developing relationships inside and outside the Headquarters, and developing short and long-term branch plans.
The J3 Operations Branch is responsible for Command and Control of current operations and JFNZ-directed tasks, and leads immediate response planning.
Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. 
Why Us
By joining our team you are making a great career decision.  A recent staff satisfaction survey highlighted why:

  • Be part of an effective team with freedom and flexibility to do my job
  • Able to maintain a balance between my personal and working life
  • Inspired to go the extra mile to help NZDF succeed. 

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF! 

Please note that this role follows a 12 hour shift pattern of five days on with a mixture of day and night shifts, followed by five days off.  A maximum of 15 shifts per month are worked.
How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to apply online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page.  For further information, contact Hilton Baker on (04) 528 1715, quoting NZDF-1902016.

Applications close at 4:30pm on Thursday 21 February 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Higher level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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