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Incursion Investigator

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington - Upper Hutt
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Job Description

  • Are you a New Zealand registered veterinarian looking for a new opportunity?
  • Join our Incursion Investigation (Animal Health) team based in Wallaceville, Upper Hutt Wellington


We are looking for a New Zealand-registered veterinarian to join the Biosecurity Surveillance and Incursion Investigation (Animal Health) Team. This is a permanent position within MPI's Diagnostic and Surveillance Services Directorate.


About the Role [Kōrero mō te tūranga]:

The AHL (Animal Health Laboratory) is New Zealand's reference laboratory for animal health and biosecurity, and provides the diagnostic services required to support the incursion investigation function. This role would suit a veterinarian with an interest in population-level disease investigation and knowledge of the livestock, companion animal and wildlife landscape of New Zealand. Post-graduate epidemiology (or pathology) training (or an explicit interest in working towards these) is desirable.

  • The team works within the Biosecurity New Zealand business unit and is tasked with the early and accurate detection of exotic, new and emerging pests and diseases.
  • Core functions are the operational aspects of the investigation, surveillance and early response functions, related to unwanted pests or diseases affecting animal biosecurity.
  • You will have primary responsibility for investigations to the point of diagnosis of suspect exotic, new and emerging pests and diseases of animals, including livestock, companion animals, bees and wildlife.
  • Involvement in surveillance and response programme work, including development of exotic disease investigation and surveillance capability, development of surveillance systems and exotic diseases readiness plans.
  • Technical advice encompasses response work associated with incursions of unwanted and new organisms, particularly focused on eradication and post eradication surveillance.
  • The Animal Health Incursion Investigation team are responsible for covering the after-hours Duty Investigator roster.

 The salary band for this role will range between $75k and $110k depending on skills and experience.

About You [Mōu]:

  • Eligibility to reside in New Zealand;
  • A veterinary degree registerable in New Zealand;
  • Minimum five years veterinary practice experience with a focus on large animals, ideally in New Zealand;
  • Veterinary skills across a range of disciplines including diagnostics, epidemiology, pathology and emergency management;
  • Motivation, initiative, flexibility, sound judgement and an aptitude for team work;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Preferably a post graduate qualification in epidemiology or pathology, although consideration will be given to veterinarians with the appropriate practice experience and a keen interest to develop these areas.


About MPI [Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua]:

Ministry for Primary Industries (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. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. We play a key role in making this a reality for the Animal Sectors.


Culture [Ahurea]:

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all. We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

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


Benefits of working at MPI include [Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua]:

  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehension one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave  
  • Kiwisaver contributions
  • Workstation assessment
  • Flexible working (e.g. We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible)


Drug and Alcohol Screening [Whakamātau Whakapōauau me te Waipiro]:

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 page.


How to Apply [Me pēhea te tuku tono]:

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.

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.


The closing date is Sunday 13th October 2019


If you have any questions about the role, you may contact


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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