Senior Technician Entomologyat Ministry for Primary Industries
Ministry for Primary Industries
Auckland City, NZ
10h ago
source : New Zealand Government Jobs

About this role

Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua (About MPI)

Our biosecurity system is based on how we manage risks offshore, at the border and within New Zealand. New Zealand's environment, our economy and trade and our way of life are underpinned by a strong biosecurity system.

Our actions have been very successful in protecting New Zealand from incursions of almost all pests and diseases that could cause significant harm.

We can be proud of what we achieve every day. However, the threats we face are growing in scale and complexity changing risk pathways, climate change and pressure from established pests.

Biosecurity New Zealand needs to make some changes to ensure the system is fit for the future and we can continue to support strong trade and economic growth in an increasingly uncertain world.

We want to be in a position where we can continue to strengthen the biosecurity system over the coming decade. We need to be set up well to become more influential and outward-facing and have excellent business systems and processes in place to support us and the farmers, growers and communities we work for.

We have a vacancy for a Senior Technician in the Entomology team to provide technical support for professional diagnostic and advisory services for specimens collected during surveillance and investigation activities.

Mō tō mātou rōpū (About our team) :

Our Entomology team is dedicated, diverse and highly supportive and operates in a busy and varied environment to deliver our core work programme supporting New Zealand's biosecurity system and our stakeholders.

The role requires conducting routine laboratory maintenance, diagnostic processing, routine diagnoses, field investigations, and data management.

The positions also provide the variety and the challenge to develop and enhance your technical expertise in entomology while working with a team of scientists.

We have specialised facilities including containment laboratories, a Level 3 quarantine glasshouse and tissue culture facility, equipment for molecular and serological procedures, microscopy stations (including a transition electron microscope and remote microscopy set-up), and reference collections of pests.

Te whainga poto o tēnei tūranga (What is the purpose of this position?) :

You will provide laboratory maintenance, diagnostic processing, routine diagnoses, field investigations, and data management services in their relevant discipline for exotic and emerging pests and diseases affecting plants and / or the terrestrial environment in surveillance, investigation, border / post-border identification and post entry quarantine programmes.

All work in the laboratory is done under the international quality management standard ISO 17025.

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako(Skills & Experience) :

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a tertiary education or relevant technical experience in entomology with basic recognition and working knowledge of the major groups of plant and environmental pests

You will have excellent technical skills in sample processing and experience of plant health laboratories and relevant diagnostic methods and good written and verbal communication skills

Our ideal candidates will be team players with excellent communication skills, leadership ability, initiative, and sound judgment with an ability to think outside of the square.

Preference will be given to applicants with some identification experience, particularly morphological and who have worked within a quality environment, have proven planning and organisational skills and are able to prioritise under pressure and adapt to changing demands.

If this sounds like you and you have the motivation and desire to be successful within a dynamic team, we would encourage you to submit an application.

Ahurea (Culture) :

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all.

We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices.

MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

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Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua : - (Benefits of working at MPI) :

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
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