Adviser / Senior Adviser

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 05-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1428186
  • Job Title: Adviser / Senior Adviser
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  • Summary:
  • 6-12month fixed term opportunity
  • Based in Wellington

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 an exciting fixed term (6-12 months) role for talented, engaging, and constructive individuals. We are looking for an Adviser or Senior Adviser within the Plant Germplasm and the Horticulture Imports Team, in the Plants & Pathways Directorate.  The role is responsible for managing the biosecurity risk to New Zealand through the development and review of import standards and requirements for plants for planting and seeds for sowing  and fresh fruit and vegetables entering NZ. 

In this role 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.

For further information, please refer to the job description on the MPI careers website.


Applications for this role close on Tuesday 12th November 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.