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Kennel Assistant

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Social, welfare & community
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Job Description


  • Permanent full time position
  • Are you passionate about working with Dogs?
  • Exciting opportunity to be part of our Detector Dog programme
  • You don't have to be barking mad to work with us!

Do you have skills working with Dogs? Do you want to work in an organisation that is “Growing and Protecting New Zealand”? This is the perfect opportunity for you to work in our passionate team and be part of our Detector Dog Programme contributing to a national cause.

Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for a Kennel Assistant to join our Detector Dog Programme (DDP), part of the Border Clearance Services Team. The Kennel Assistant is primarily responsible for the healthcare and wellbeing of our detector dogs. You will love keeping our dogs in peak physical condition and taking care of their mental wellbeing and ensuring their environment and transportation is clean.  You will also assist with canine development.

We are looking for people who enjoy running around, not being tied to a desk and will love and care for our dogs!

The Border Clearance Directorate of the Ministry for Primary Industries is responsible for providing frontline clearance services at the border for imported goods, arriving international vessels and aircraft, international mail, international passengers and crew, and detection technology including X-Ray and detector dogs.

Our ideal candidate will bring;

  • Experience in canine handling (including healthcare & behaviour management)
  • Proven work experience with dogs in a kennelling environment
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Physically fit
  • Team Player
  • A full ‘clean' manual driver's licence

The successful candidate will help to oversee the commercial cleaners and will be required to work weekends on a rostered basis when required. Please note that applicants must be available to attend practical assessments as part of the recruitment process in Auckland.

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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 careers website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

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.



Applications close Sunday 18th November



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.

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