Auckland City, AucklandFull-time, ContractIncursion Investigator AucklandThe Incursion Investigation team is looking for a science graduate with a post-
graduate qualification in either pest or disease management, ecology, entomology, epidemiology or biosecurity to join our Plant Health team as an Incursion Investigator.
This is a one year secondment or fixed term position.The Incursion Investigation function is positioned in the Biosecurity Surveillance and Incursion Investigation Group.
Surveillance is an integral component of New Zealand's multi-layered biosecurity system and it includes incursion investigation.
Investigators are the first line of defence against unwanted pests and diseases that breach the border. Incursion investigators respond quickly to these breaches, gather information to validate the report and manage the immediate risk.
Incursion investigations underpin decisions on any further action to be taken and the transition to a biosecurity response if required.
This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the management of biological risk.Responsibilities 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.
Our ideal candidate will have;An understanding of incursion investigations and be able to recognise biological risk.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 require the ability to work under time and political pressure. Investigations can be anywhere in New Zealand and you may be required to travel at short notice.
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For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.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.
In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.The closing date is Monday 14th October 2019If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Jessica Bradley at Jessica.
bradley mpi.govt.nzThe Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity.
Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally.
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