Pay for emergency management officers varies depending on where they work, the type of organisation they work for, and their experience and qualifications :
New entrants with less than three years' experience can earn between $35,000 and $62,000 a year.
Those with three to six years' experience commonly earn between $62,000 and $85,000 a year.
Emergency management officers with more than six years' experience can earn more than $100,000 a year.
Employers will sometimes include a vehicle as part of the employment package.
Source : Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, 2016.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Emergency management officers may do some or all of the following :
develop civil defence emergency management plans
provide advice and education on emergency preparedness to the community and local businesses
develop disaster simulations and exercises to test operational plans
set up and operate emergency operation centres
liaise with emergency services such as the police
research hazards that threaten the community
write reports and operational procedures and policies
organise and deliver training to staff and volunteers
speak to the media about emergency management issues.
Some emergency management officers also contribute to the creation and enforcement of by-laws for rural fire, occupational safety and health, environmental pollution and dangerous goods.
Skills and knowledge
Emergency management officers need to have knowledge of :
building evacuation procedures
emergency management legislation
Emergency management officers :
work regular business hours, with varying amounts of rostered on-call work. They are also expected to be available at short notice for any emergency
work in offices, and may work in the field among the community during emergencies
may travel nationally to attend training events, conferences or emergency responses.
To become an emergency management officer it is recommended you complete an emergency management qualification, such as a Certificate in Emergency Management.
There are also postgraduate qualifications available in emergency management. Bachelor's degrees that complement these postgraduate qualifications include geography and management.
You may need to hold a full driver's licence, and must not have any criminal convictions.
Useful subjects include English, geography, history and social studies to at least NCEA Level 2.
Emergency management officers need to :
remain calm and decisive during emergencies
work well under pressure
work with a wide range of people
have excellent oral and written communication skills
have excellent relationship management skills
have first aid skills.
Useful experience for emergency management officers includes :
work for the police, ambulance services, the NZ Fire Service, or the NZ Defence Force
social work, nursing or any public health roles, including policy development
risk management or hazard analysis experience
engineering or community development experience
studying social and physical sciences
land search and rescue experience.
Some people begin their career in emergency management as volunteers for community groups or councils. This is often a good way to get the experience and contacts needed to enter the role.