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Senior Adviser - Plant Germplasm Imports

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington City
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Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role

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, industry and/or public sector experience and apply it to real-world decision-making that directly impacts and adds value to NZ's biosecurity and the economy.

We have an exciting permanent role for a talented, engaging, and constructive individual. We are looking for a Senior Adviser within the Plant Germplasm Imports Team, in the Plants & Pathways Directorate who has experience and knowledge of the seed industry.  The role is responsible for managing the biosecurity risk to New Zealand through the development and review of import standards and requirements for seeds for sowing, and plants for planting entering NZ. 

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


Mōu - About You

In this role you will use your degree in plant pathology, entomology, plant biology (or related discipline) and your experience operating in a regulatory environment, and in the seed industry.  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.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.

We are a team of experts with massive breadth of experience, offering opportunities to break out of our comfort zone and embrace intellectual and complex challenges.

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


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: - Benefits of working at MPI

  • Brand new offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Free annual flu vaccination

The salary for this role is circa $91,000 to $107,000 depending on skills and experience

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Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” 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.

Please be advised that due to the Covid-19 virus some interviews may be held via Skype. MPI is keeping close watch on advice from the Ministry of Health, keeping our staff and candidate's safe is our top priority. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the recruitment adviser if you have any questions.

The closing date is Tuesday 7th April 2020

If you have any questions about the role, please email



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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