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Animal Welfare Inspector - Dunedin

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Newly created permanent fulltime frontline role based in Dunedin
  • This role will provide you variety in your day, challenges and the opportunity to make a difference on our front line
  • Starting September 2019
  • Salary band 60k-88k per annum dependant on level of skills and experience

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) currently has a newly created vacancy for an Animal Welfare Inspector based in Dunedin.  As an Animal Welfare Inspector you will be expected to deliver a range of work to ensure animal welfare complaints are managed appropriately. You will require sound legislative knowledge, good problem solving skills and have excellent communication skills.

 In this role, you will play a key role in:

  • Ensuring investigation processes and procedures are followed
  • Managing animal welfare complaints in the primary production sector
  • Preparing prosecution files where required
  • Monitoring service providers and licensed establishments for compliance with animal welfare
  • Working with other Animal Welfare Inspectors and Investigators to prepare and present robust prosecution cases where non-compliance is identified
  • Promoting good animal welfare practices
  • Building and sustaining positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

 Skills & Experience required 

  • Proven experience in working with livestock, animal husbandry or veterinary services.
  • Knowledge of farming organisations and external animal welfare agencies
  • Practical working knowledge of the laws under which investigations and compliance activities operate is desirable but training will be provided.  These include: Animal Welfare Act 1999, NAIT Act, Privacy Act, NZ Bill of Rights Act, Evidence Act, Criminal Disclosure Act, Criminal Procedures Act, Search and Surveillance Act.


  • Relevant tertiary qualification and/or experience in animal husbandry duties

 Firearms Licence 

  • If not already held, the successful applicant will need to obtain a NZ Firearms licence.

 Security Clearance 

A security clearance classification to the level of Confidential is required for this position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain this clearance.  For more information please at

Although this role is primarily an enforcement role, being an animal welfare inspector will allow you to come up with practical solutions to ensure the wellbeing of production animals.  This is a role where you can really make a difference however, it is not for the faint hearted. 

Please apply online submitting your updated CV and cover letter outlining why this role interests you and how your current skills match what we are looking for.   


The successful applicant will be expected to attend trainings and an induction course followed by a role specific course which will require some time away from home.   


For further information about the role, please refer to the attached position description.  If you have a question about the recruitment process, email  

For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our on line recruitment portal. 


Applications close on Sunday 21st July 2019



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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