Senior Technician at Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland City
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
Kaihangarau matua / Senior Technician – Kupu-Uka (Wā-whānui) / 22 months Fixed-Term (Full-time)
This is an exciting role which will embrace your horticultural skills with your passion for biosecurity.
- Opportunity to support the delivery of Post-Entry Quarantine clearance of high-value, high-risk plants
- Working on high-profile projects within a collaborative team structure
- Help New Zealand achieve its goal of keeping harmful organisms from coming into the country
About the Role │Kōrero mō te tūranga
We are looking for a talented and highly motivated Senior Technician to join our Post Entry Quarantine and Botany team.
You will assist in caring for various horticultural crop plants in the nation's only PEQ L3B greenhouse facility; carry out indexing work, such as herbaceous indexing, graft indexing, woody indexing, etc.; will differentiate plants suffering from biotic stresses (invertebrate pests, bacterial, fungal, phytoplasma, viral, etc.) and abiotic stresses (nutrient deficiency, water-stress, etc.); address any urgent work/surge capacity, and on rare occasions support biosecurity and compliance investigations and responses by way of technical advice and coordination of identifications; carry out audits; etc.
About You │Mōu
Our team is dedicated, diverse and highly supportive and works in a busy and varied environment to deliver our core work programme supporting New Zealand's biosecurity system. This role will offer you the variety and the challenge to develop and enhance your scientific technical skills, whilst driving innovation that will shape our future way of working.
You will bring your relevant skills, initiative, and ability to manage relationships, internal and external to MPI. You will be a high performer, highly productive, articulate, and focused, and you will have the ability to get things done.
The ideal person will hold at least a tertiary degree in Biology or related discipline or equivalent qualification (e.g., New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science – Level 6) with relevant technical experience proven by GrowSafe accreditation on the use of agrichemicals, etc. The person should have the following:
- Skill in horticultural plant maintenance.
- Knowledge about or experience of working in PEQ.STD accredited facility is desirable.
- Proven ability to manage complex day-to-day operations combined with professional ability in carrying out biological indexing assays.
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently and continually improve processes and systems while meeting tight deadlines.
- An outgoing personality with a strong desire to engage with internal and external customer and stakeholders across a large, complex business environment.
- Proven ability to take initiative and perform in an often rapidly developing environment.
Mō te peka - About the Branch
The MPI Plant Health and Environment Laboratory is the national reference centre for the identification of all suspected exotic, new and emerging pests and diseases of plants, and arthropod pests affecting the environment and also provides diagnostic services to primary industries to facilitate trade. PHEL also runs a high security post-entry quarantine (PEQ) service for New Zealand's horticultural crops under the MPI PEQ for plants standard.
The salary for this role is General Salary range H (51-69k), and in exceptional cases can be in range G (57-77k). Starting salary will be dependent on the successful applicants' skills, capabilities, and experience.
Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply
To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae) please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be sent through our online careers' portal.
To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.
For internal candidates please ensure your current manager is aware of your application.
If you have any questions about the role, please contact Conrad Cheung at firstname.lastname@example.org who will point you in the right direction.
Applications close 4 February 2022
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.
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|Employer:||Ministry for Primary Industries|
|Position type:||Fixed Term FT|
|Category:||Science and Environment|
|Attachment:||DSS PHEL Senior Technician (Horticulture) JD 09-09-2020.docx (Word, 157KB)
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