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.
To become a biosecurity officer you usually need a Bachelor's degree in a relevant area such as :
agriculture or horticulture
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).
To enter tertiary training, NCEA Level 2 or 3 is usually required. Useful subjects include agriculture and horticulture, and biology.
Biosecurity officers need to be :
observant, reliable and responsible
tactful, firm and calm
skilled communicators and negotiators.
Useful experience for biosecurity officers includes :
plant nursery work
work with animals
laboratory or scientific work
work involving contact with the public
work handling pesticides and chemicals.
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.