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Senior Technician

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Science and Environment
Wellington - Upper Hutt
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Position Description 2017.pdf (PDF, 339KB)
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Job Description

  • Work on high profile diagnostic testing processes
  • Come and join the only approved laboratory for containing and diagnosing serious, high-risk veterinary diseases
  • Two permanent opportunities within our team


What do we do?

The Animal Health Laboratory is part of the Operations Branch and is a vital component of New Zealand's biosecurity system.  It is New Zealand's reference centre for foreign, new and emerging terrestrial and aquatic animal diseases and contains both PC2 and PC3+ laboratory facilities.

This is an exciting time for the laboratory as construction of a new $87 million state-of-the-art laboratory facility is well underway.  This major investment shows the value New Zealand's government places on the work we undertake and will ensure we remain at the forefront internationally of microbial disease diagnostics (


The Bacteriology and Aquatic Animal Diseases team is a dedicated, high performing team that operates in a busy and varied environment to deliver our core work program supporting New Zealand's biosecurity system and our stakeholders.


Two opportunities within our team are now available!


We are looking for two dynamic Senior Technicians to join the Ministry for Primary Industries within the Bacteriology and Aquatic Animal Diseases team based in our laboratory in Wellington.


You will take a key role in diagnostic testing processes which includes bacteriology culture and molecular PCR testing for exotic disease investigations and responses, capability development projects, surveillance, quality assurance and test validation. 

We are looking for someone who is a team player and collaborator, effective communicator, adaptable, able to learn quickly, resilient and capable of independent working. 

Bring your tertiary degree in science and interest in animals along with your enjoyment of working in a fast moving, busy environment.


  • Knowledge and experience of microbiological laboratories
  • Experience of quality assurance systems
  • Relevant experience in specialist technical area


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 


If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Carly Birse at


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand and must hold a current New Zealand work permit or be a New Zealand resident.


Please note,  given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks”


Applications for this role close on Monday 21st August at 5pm


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