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Animal Welfare Inspector - Napier

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Permanent full time role based in Napier
  • Make a real difference on the front line with MPI
  • Join a passionate team of compliance professionals

The Ministry for Primary Industries Compliance team has a permanent full time vacancy for an Animal Welfare Inspector based in Napier.  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.

Key aspects of the role include:

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 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
  • Having practical working knowledge of the laws under which investigations and compliance activities operate.
  • Having experience in leading or supporting investigations in an enforcement environment is desirable.


Skills & Experience required:

  • Proven experience in working with livestock, animal husbandry or veterinary services.
  • Demonstrated experience working within a high performing team.
  • 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 License

 If not already held, the successful will need to obtain a NZ Firearms license.


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 visit


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.

If this sounds like you then we would like to hear from you.  Please apply online submitting your CV and cover letter.


As part of the selection process you may be required to undergo physical, verbal, numerical, abstract reasoning and psychometric testing and take part in an assessment centre.  You will also be required to undergo drug testing.

The successful applicant will likely be expected to attend modular trainings including an induction course followed by a role specific course totalling approximately three weeks training away from home.   

For information please refer to the position description or email for a confidential conversation.



Applications Close: Friday 25th October 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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