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Senior Adviser Horticulture Imports & Germplasm Imports

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington City
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Imagine waking each morning with the satisfaction of playing a pivotal role in growing our economy and protecting our unique biological diversity and the way of life Kiwi's treasure. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) operates in an international context and gives employees the opportunity to be involved in deeply satisfying work.  We allow you to take your science experience and apply it to real-world decision-making that directly impacts and adds value to NZ's biosecurity and the economy.

We have some exciting roles for talented, engaging, and constructive individuals. We are looking for Senior Advisers, within the Plant Imports Group, in the Plants & Pathways Directorate.  We have roles in both the Horticulture Imports Team, and the Plant Germplasm Imports Team.  If you are successful, you will be appointed to one of these positions. The roles are responsible for managing the biosecurity risk to New Zealand through the development and review of import standards and requirements for goods entering NZ. 

In these roles you will use your degree in plant pathology, entomology, plant biology (or related discipline) and experience operating in a regulatory environment.  You will also be able to demonstrate the practical application of:


  • Translating complex technical information into simple terms for audiences at all levels
  • Negotiating
  • Problem solving and a ‘can do' attitude
  • Managing competing priorities in the work plan
  • Developing import requirements
  • Assisting in bilateral discussions
  • Knowledge/understanding of biological systems


MPI offers plenty of opportunity to grow professionally, technically and/or managerially, develop expertise in your field of interest, all while being supported by dedicated managers and colleagues who are keen to share their knowledge and experience.

MPI is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI also provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume. 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.

This role is based in Wellington and some domestic and international travel may be required.

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.  In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Nick Goddard for a confidential discussion on 04 894 0908 or email

Applications for this role close on Sunday 25 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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