Senior Investigators (Grade 2) – Prevention of Child Exploitation Team New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) - Auckland

Closing Date: February 10, 2021

  • Our Child Exploitation Operations Team (CEOT) investigations role provides a chance to take cases from the initial lead all the way to the courtroom, and apply your online skills to help keep children safe from harm.
  • You will understand how offenders think and be able to stay a step ahead of the criminals dealing in objectionable material that exploits children. Much of this crime happens online, which means protecting New Zealand’s border at our physical and virtual front lines. You’ll work with local and international partners to chase leads from the darkest corners of the internet to the busy city streets.
  • We’re looking for people proficient at putting together intelligence, analysing evidence, and navigating the inner workings of the internet. Ideally, you will have a law enforcement background with experience preventing child exploitation and you’ll need an understanding of related legislation and specialised victim identification functions. You’ll also have specialised technical skills, including understanding the complexities of the Clearnet and Darkweb forums and platforms, and working with digital devices where objectionable material can be stored.
  • You will:
    • Be involved with, and lead, operational activity out in the field
    • Undertake inquiries, interviewing, and arresting offenders
    • Apply for and execute search warrants
    • Manage evidence, prepare prosecution files to an evidential standard and give evidence in court. This means writing clear and accurate reports, and being a confident public speaker.
    • Have a willingness to develop the team and others through your area of expertise.
  • The CEOT team deals with confronting information and objectionable material that exploits children. You’ll need resilience and the ability to separate your job from the rest of your life, leaving work at the door when you go home. We have strong support systems in place for our CEOT team.
  • Your office will be based in central Auckland, although you will be out in the field and working in diverse environments, and at times unpredictable hours. This is a Senior Customs Officer Grade 2 role, and we’re looking for people who care about their team and work well with others – you’re approachable, supportive and willing to help.
  • The salary range for this role is $69,962 – $89,553 plus an annual allowance of $14,271 for working unpredictable hours. Mid-point or competent for the range is $81,134 plus the allowance.
  • As part of the recruitment process, you will need to pass a medical test and the NZ Police Physical Competency Test (PCT).  The PCT is a timed obstacle course, requiring you to do a variety of tasks from climbing a wall, to dragging a weight, to jumping through a window.
  • You will need to obtain Confidential level national security clearance.
  • Due to the nature of Customs work you must have a clear Police record.  Successful applicants are also required to pass a medical assessment and drug test and must hold a full NZ Drivers’ licence.
  • If shortlisted, you will be asked to complete online psychometric testing as part of the process.
  • Applications close: 5pm on Wednesday 10 February 2021.

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