Biosecurity Officer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
1d ago

Pay for biosecurity officers varies depending on experience.

  • Biosecurity officers with up to three years' experience usually earn $50,000 to $60,000 a year.
  • After three to five years' experience, biosecurity officers usually earn $60,000 to $100,000.
  • Source : NZ Biosecurity Institute, 2018.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Biosecurity officers may do some or all of the following :

  • inspect and monitor plants, land and water for pests
  • advise landowners to destroy pests and check that they comply with their legal obligations
  • remove and destroy pests, or arrange for them to be removed and destroyed by pest control technicians
  • gather data from experimental eradication projects
  • educate the public about animal and plant pests and how to control them
  • prepare reports or charges against any breaches of the Biosecurity Act
  • manage pest eradication and restoration projects for example, planting native plants along a river's edge
  • writing and implementing new policy such as national and regional pest management plans.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Biosecurity officers need to have knowledge of :

  • pest plants and animals in their region and the strategies used to eliminate them
  • pesticides and how to safely use and handle them.
  • Biosecurity officers :

  • usually work regular business hours
  • work in offices and outdoors in forests, national parks and on private land where pests are being monitored or eradicated.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a biosecurity officer you usually need a Bachelor's degree in a relevant area such as :

  • ecology
  • agriculture or horticulture
  • the environment.
  • A Master's degree in biosecurity, ecological science or environmental science is sometimes preferred for more technical roles.

    You also need to have a current driver's licence.

    Some employers encourage, or make it compulsory, for biosecurity officers working with pest plants to get a Growsafe Certificate or National Certificate in Compliance and Regulatory Control Pest Plant Control (Level 4).

    Secondary education

    To enter tertiary training, NCEA Level 2 or 3 is usually required. Useful subjects include agriculture and horticulture, and biology.

    Personal requirements

    Biosecurity officers need to be :

  • observant, reliable and responsible
  • tactful, firm and calm
  • skilled communicators and negotiators.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for biosecurity officers includes :

  • farm work
  • plant nursery work
  • work with animals
  • conservation work
  • laboratory or scientific work
  • work involving contact with the public
  • work handling pesticides and chemicals.
  • Physical requirements

    Biosecurity officers need to be reasonably fit and healthy as they often have to work outdoors and walk long distances checking traps at night and in all weather conditions.

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