Multiple roles in the Technical Counter-Surveillance Unit Government Communications Security Bureau - Wellington

Closing Date: April 19, 2022

Our work is secret, but the reason for our success isn’t. It’s our people.  And we’re just like you. We’re ordinary people.  But together, we’re doing extraordinary things to protect New Zealand and New Zealanders.

  • Inspired about protecting New Zealand’s most sensitive information?
  • Passionate about delivering a unique and valuable impact to customers?
  • Do you want to apply your operational or technical knowledge as a part of a motivated, collaborative team?

It is an exciting time to join us! The GCSB’s role to protect New Zealand’s most sensitive information has never been more relevant in a world where our adversaries operate without rules or borders. The Technical Counter-Surveillance Unit (TCU) is at the heart of New Zealand’s specialist security capabilities, and we work every day to protect New Zealand and its interests.

We are looking for frontline people to join us. The TCU’s role is diverse, ranging from coordination, planning and delivery of inspections of sensitive locations to accreditation of classified information systems, with research and development of new technologies and technical threats.

Bring your operational/technical knowledge to the role, which will both benefit from and enhance your specialist skills. You will also enjoy working with a highly motivated team operating in a cross-functional environment where our teams work collaboratively to ensure effectiveness of TCU operations.

A desire to learn really matters to us.  We invest significantly in our people and encourage our people to acquire new skills and experience.  We offer training and development opportunities and help you build a career where you fulfil your potential.  The TCU ethos is to cross-train all staff to ensure technical and operational breadth and depth.

Our values are central to everything we do.  We want to find people who are honest and courageous, curious and resilient, agile and self-aware.  And we want to know that you encourage the same traits in those you lead.

Please see below for more information about each opportunity and the attached PDs. You are welcome to apply for one or more roles, please select the role(s) you wish to be considered for on the application form.


Accreditation Officer

As Accreditation Officer, you will be responsible for undertaking systems and site accreditation on behalf of the Director General, GCSB. You will provide advice on NZ policy and standards, and engage with other parts of the NZ Intelligence Community to ensure Accreditation recommendations, processes and outcomes are risk informed and threat aligned.

Senior Research & Development Officer

As Senior Research and Development Officer, you will be responsible for leading and undertaking in-depth technical research to ensure our capabilities maintain pace with evolving and emerging technologies. As a specialist in your technical field, you will lead, support and contribute to research and knowledge sharing. You will also lead the laboratory inspection of hardware and other items to ensure they are free from technical compromise.  Your work will ensure processes, policy and standards relating to technical counter-surveillance remain effective and fit for purpose.

Research & Development Officer

As Research and Development Officer, you will be responsible for undertaking in-depth technical research development to ensure our capabilities maintain pace with evolving and emerging technologies. Your experience and skill in a technology field will also be applied to the laboratory inspection of hardware and items to ensure they are free from technical compromise.

Field Inspections Officer

As Field Inspections Officer, you will be responsible for conducting domestic and global inspections of New Zealand Government locations and capabilities, to ensure they are free from technical compromise. You will collaborate with New Zealand and International partners in technical, security, and intelligence units for joint training and operational outcomes.  While it is highly technical and operational, your role is also customer facing where you will rely on your excellent relationship building skills.


We offer our people comprehensive benefits, flexible working and great work-life balance.  Join us and let us help you become Beyond Ordinary.

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.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Special (TSS) security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a TSS security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process:

The NZIC treats all applications for employment in the strictest confidence and we ask that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality. You are expected to exercise discretion during the recruitment process and throughout your career.

Our Covid-19 vaccination policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated.  You will be required to provide evidence regarding your vaccinations status.

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