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Fisheries Observer

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Are you looking for a position that will give you variation, an element of adventure, and the opportunity to be on the frontline with New Zealand's fishing industry? 
  • Are you willing to get your hands dirty (gloves provided)?
  • Do you have high integrity, an eye for detail and excellent reporting skills? If so then we want to hear from you……


The Ministry for Primay Industries has vacancies for Fisheries Observers, this is an exciting opportunity to make a positive contribution to the sustainability of NZ's Fisheries!  


About the Role:

Observers are critical to New Zealand's world leading fisheries management regime. They monitor the environmental impact of fishing activity and record accurate and reliable data relating to vessel catch and processing.


Because of the nature of New Zealand's fisheries the successful applicants will be engaged on agreements which may comprise of multiple short duration trips on smaller New Zealand vessels or longer duration trips on larger New Zealand vessels. A high level of flexibility and availability is required to become part of our great team of more than 100 observers.


You must have the ability to collect and compile field data and be able to live and work in a seagoing environment. You will also have high levels of report writing skills, note taking and data collection skills and act as an ambassador for MPI. Seagoing experience and knowledge of New Zealand fisheries are desirable.


The vacancies for Observer positions are based in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, and Dunedin. Applicants do not need to reside in these locations to be able to apply for one of these positions. If you were successful in obtaining an Observer position, you would be required to present yourself at the closest Ministry Office from the locations listed above to where you live to accept each employment agreement offered for Observer duties.


Shortlisted candidates will need to complete a digital interview, further shortlisted candidates will then need to attend a one day assessment centre in Wellington. Dates for the assessment centre are to be confirmed, but you would need to attend one of a possible three dates between 15th and 22nd August 2019.  Successful applications must be able to attend a comprehensive three (3) week training course starting on Sunday 22nd September 2019. You will need to undergo a medical assessment, drug and alcohol testing, and you should be available to go to sea straight after the training course is complete.


About the Business Unit:

Fisheries New Zealand is focussed on managing New Zealand's valuable fisheries resources, and their place in the wider marine environment. We are responsible for stewardship of the fisheries system, which includes both regulatory and operational functions, and delivery of our obligations to Māori.


To find out more about Fisheries New Zealand and what we do please click here.


How to Apply:

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.


Only people who hold a current New Zealand work permit or are a New Zealand resident may apply for this position. MPI requests that applicants submit a covering letter in support of their application.


For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact


Applications close Sunday 21 July 2019


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


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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