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Compliance Officer (Fisheries)

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Compliance Officer (Fisheries) | Napier. 


  • Permanent fulltime opportunity 
  • Friendly environment
  • Competitive salary


What does a Compliance Officer (Fisheries) do? 

The working life of a Compliance Officer (Fisheries) is varied and interesting. On any given day you may find yourself patrolling the beaches and boat ramps, interacting with the public, inspecting recreational and/or commercial fishing vessels, preparing a file for prosecution, taking part in a surveillance operation, gathering intelligence on fisheries offending, and/or analysing fisheries information. Developing and maintaining relationships with tangata whenua and stakeholder groups who use the fisheries resource is also an important aspect of this role. 


What are we looking for to complement our Napier based team? 

  • An achiever in both an individual and team context 

  • The ability to work unsociable hours when required and in differing environments 

  • The ability to communicate with diverse cultures 

  • Must be able to operate in confrontational situations 

  • The ability when necessary to travel away overnight, at times at short notice 

  • Analytical experience and an enquiring mind-set 

  • Have a basic understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and its importance in a NZ Fisheries context 

  • Knowledge of the marine environment and the NZ Fisheries framework 

  • Competent in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of programmes 

  • Passion, motivation and drive for the role 

  • A sense of humour! 


 This role is challenging and varied and this is what we expect from our frontline staff:

  • Establish and maintain directed work under the direction of the Chief Compliance Officer (Immediate supervisor) and the Team Manager in order to satisfy identified sector priorities 

  • Maintain comprehensive education, monitoring, surveillance and inspection activities across the Fisheries sector 

  • Assist in the detection, investigation and prosecution of offending against Fisheries legislation

  • Gather, document, store and analyse information on all fishing and associated sectors 

  • Maintain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles, rationale and objectives of all relevant Fisheries legislation and the impact of that legislation on all aspects of the Fisheries enforcement environment 

  • Develop and maintain effective communication and professional working relationships between the Regional Services Group and the wider Ministry and relevant external agencies


About MPI:

MPI's services ensure that New Zealand's natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality. 



If you are successful the role requires that you wear a uniform, pass an initial physical fitness test and attend and successfully complete a comprehensive residential training course of up to four weeks to attain a Fishery Officer warrant. Further details will be explained in more detail should you be shortlisted and selected to attend an assessment centre for this role. 

The role is an enforcement role, requiring maturity and resilience but can provide real satisfaction within a supportive and inclusive workforce. 

A security clearance classification to the level of SECRET is required for this position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain this clearance.   

Please submit your application online with your cover letter and updated CV outlining your skills and experience relevant to this role and why this role interests you!  

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicants for these positions 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 page.  You will find the job description attached to this advert on the MPI careers page. 


For further information please refert to the attached job description, or email


Applications close on Sunday 21 July 2019. 


MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background. 


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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