Animal Welfare Inspector

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Enforcement
  • Location: Invercargill
  • Date Advertised: 16-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1455139
  • Job Title: Animal Welfare Inspector
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)


Mō tō mātou rōpū (About our team):

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a permanent opportunity for an animal welfare inspector in InvercargillAs 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. Each day will provide variety, as your work both in an office and in the field, meeting new people every day, while making a difference in ensuring good biosecurity practices exist in regards to cattle and deer management across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Compliance Services Directorate within the Operations Branch is accountable for ensuring optimal compliance across all of MPI’s systems and is responsible for the delivery of compliance and enforcement services across animal welfare, biosecurity, fisheries, food safety, forestry, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) and all other legislation administered by MPI.

The primary purpose of the Animal Welfare Inspectors is to support MPI achieving its vision by delivering effective compliance and enforcement services for animal welfare and NAIT within their respective areas.

Kōrero mō te tūranga (About the role):

  • 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. 

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako(Skills & Experience):

  • Experience in animal production systems and knowledge of agricultural
  • systems/sector.
  • Practical working knowledge of the laws under which investigations and compliance activities operate. i.e. Animal Welfare Act 1999, NAIT Act 2012, Privacy Act, NZ Bill of Rights, Crimes Act, Summary Proceedings Act, Evidence Act, Criminal Justice Act.
  • Demonstrate competent witness/suspect/defendant interviewing skills with an
  • Understanding and application of rules of law.
  • Knowledge and experience in preparing and conduct of prosecution cases.
  • Demonstrable experience in relationship management both internal and external to an organisation. 

Ngā Tohu(Qualification):

  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification and/or experience in animal husbandry duties
  • Tertiary qualifications and/or equivalent regulatory, compliance and enforcement experience would be an advantage

The role is an enforcement role, requiring maturity and resilience but can provide real satisfaction within a supportive and inclusive workforce.  Join our team and feel both empowered and supported to make a difference in animal tagging and farming practice in your community.

If this sounds like you and you have the motivation and desire to be successful within a dynamic team, we would encourage you to submit an application. Your cover letter and CV will be assessed against the bullet points listed above. 


Tonu mai inaianei (Apply now):

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.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance and a NZ Firearms licence. Please visit for more information.

For information please refer to the position description on the MPI careers website or email 


Applications close 30 March 2020


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.