Adviser Plant Import Risk Assessment

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  • Category: Scientists/ Technicians
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 09-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1465479B
  • Job Title: Adviser Plant Import Risk Assessment
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

Imagine waking each morning with the satisfaction of playing a pivotal role in growing our economy and protecting our unique biological diversity and way of life.

The Biosecurity Risk Assessment group provides specialised science and risk advice to support decision making across New Zealand’s biosecurity system and internationally.

The Plant Import Risk Assessment team within the Animal & Plant Health Directorate provides science advice and risk assessments for pest and diseases affecting plants, including forestry, horticultural and native species. The team also has a role assessing new and emerging biosecurity risks and communicating information about these risks to the teams undertaking risk management. The focus of the Plant Import Risk Assessment team is turning scientific information into high quality, practical advice to support the development of import health standards.

We are seeking Advisers in the Plant Import Risk Assessment team within the Animal & Plant Health Directorate based in Wellington.

In the role you would support New Zealand biosecurity system by:

  • Providing science-based advice on pests and diseases
  • Conducting risk assessments which contribute to the integration of risk assessment outcomes into import health standards
  • Support the delivery of the biosecurity emerging risk system


Mōu – About You

Is this a role for you? We are looking for team members who:

  • Are intellectually curious people who want to make a difference for biosecurity in New Zealand
  • Are analytical, adaptable, logical and flexible, and thrive on learning new things
  • Have experience in interpreting, communicating and managing scientific information for a range of different audiences, both scientific and non-scientific
  • Are good at process management, communication and organisation and enjoy working in a team.
  • Have experience either working or studying in a field directly related to plant health, for example plant pathology, entomology, ecology, horticulture, forestry, and/or agriculture


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.


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
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Flexible working – we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames
  • Employee Assistance Programme (counselling support)


This role is broad banded GSR range G-F, circa $57,000 to $77,000 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.

The closing date is Sunday 25th October 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.