Application process

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to apply for a job with Environment Canterbury. Positions are advertised here and you can submit an application online. As soon as you have applied for a job online, you'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. Take note of the position closing date, as this will give you an indication when you will next hear from us.

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Application review

We’ll take some time to review all applications against the specific job criteria requirements; however, you should be notified if you have been selected to move to the next stage or not within one to two weeks of the job closing. If you require an update sooner, please email


If you are shortlisted, the next stage in the process is usually an interview and we’ll be in touch to arrange a time. If the interview goes well and we feel you may be right for the job, we'll move on to reference checking and other background checks. If we offer you the job, and you accept it, we'll agree on a starting date and your Environment Canterbury career will be under way.

Common questions

How can I be sure my CV and cover letter are attached to my online application?
Once you have submitted your online application, you can go back into My Application and view your status.
How will I be contacted if an interview is required?
In most instances, you will be notified by phone using the contact numbers on your application. If we are unable to reach you through this method, we’ll email you.
How long does the application process take?
This can depend on the number of applications received; however, for most roles allow two to six weeks from the closing date.

Competency framework

To find the right people we’ve set out six competencies that apply to all roles in the organisation. Competencies provide guidance on expected skills, behaviours and attitudes. They reinforce ways of working that allow our staff to successfully deliver the organisation’s vision and values, i.e. what we need to do and how we need to do it.

Our competency framework identifies different expectations at each of our four organisational levels (Senior Leader, Team Leader, Technical Leader and Team Member). We want candidates to demonstrate these competencies in their curriculum vitae, during ability and psychometric assessments and during interviews. 

The job description will set out the expected competency level. Use the information below to find out what we will be looking for from you as a candidate and be prepared for specific questions based on the competencies appropriate to the role.

Candidate care

We work to make the process of selecting and recruiting for each role as straightforward, interactive and informative as we can.

This means you can expect us to:

  • Follow a simple and clear process
  • Acknowledge your application promptly
  • Update you regularly on the progress we are making with your application
  • Treat your application confidentially and impartially
  • Give you a realistic view of the position you are applying for, the department it sits in and the organisation as a whole
  • Treat you with respect always