Emergency Management Officer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

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
  • risk management.
  • Working conditions

    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.
  • Entry requirements

    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.

    Secondary education

    Useful subjects include English, geography, history and social studies to at least NCEA Level 2.

    Personal requirements

    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

    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.

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