Incursion Investigator (Plant Health) - NZ Ministry for Primary Industries - Auckland City, Auckland
Auckland City
21d ago
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Come and join our Incursion Investigation team and gain Front Line Biosecurity experience. This is a fixed term or secondment opportunity to May 2019.

We are open to external secondments.

This role can be based in either Auckland or Christchurch.

We are looking for a science or agricultural graduate with post-graduate qualifications or equivalent science based experience in pest or disease management, ecology, epidemiology or biosecurity to join our Plant Health team as an Incursion Investigator.

About MPI :

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ?Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe for us to consume.

MPI's services ensure that New Zealand's natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports.

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world.

About the Role

The Incursion Investigation function is positioned in the Biosecurity Surveillance and Incursion Investigation Group. Incursion investigations underpin decisions on any further action to be taken to reports of suspected new to New Zealand pests and diseases of plants that are reported to MPI.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain front line biosecurity experience and will require the ability to understand science methodology and interpret science literature with a keen investigative inclination.

Responsibilies include :

  • Receive and manage reports of suspect pests and diseases, ensure identification, and undertake risk assessments and prioritisation in accordance with procedures.
  • Plan and conduct investigations including risk assessment, options analysis, field activities and urgent measures to contain and control in accordance with procedures.
  • Conduct investigation reporting, ensuring that information is accurate and timely.
  • Where further action by MPI is required, prepare response operational specifications as directed. These may include Surveillance, Movement Control and Organism Management, and will be prepared in accordance with response procedures and agreed timeframes.
  • Skills and Experience :

  • Experience in pest, weed or disease management, and biology or ecology in cultivated crops, forests or the environment.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, and the ability to plan, implement specific operations and give clear instructions.
  • Familiarity with horticultural, agricultural, arable or forestry production systems would be ideal.
  • You will be a team player with excellent communication skills, motivation, initiative, and sound judgment with an ability to think outside of the square.

    You will also have the ability to work under time pressure to satisfy stakeholder needs and meet deadlines.

    Benefits of working at MPI include :

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Focus on career development
  • Internal opportunities across the Operations branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for health insurance
  • Comprehensive one week MPI Induction Programme
  • Salary range for this role is $71k to $92k depending on skills and experience.

    See the benefits of working at MPI

    How to Apply :

    To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it ? click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

    To view the position description and / or apply for the role please click ?APPLY NOW? or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

    For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact amy.hopkins

    Applications close Sunday 25 November 2018

    MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

    Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career.

    We actively encourage applications from any background.

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