Compliance Officer (Fisheries)

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    3 weeks ago
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  • Category: Enforcement
  • Location: Wellington – Petone
  • Date Advertised: 06-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1453179
  • Job Title: Compliance Officer (Fisheries)
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Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

Ministry for Primary Industries (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.


Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The working life of a Compliance Officer (Fisheries) is varied and interesting. On any given day you may find yourself patrolling the beaches and boat ramps, interacting with the public, inspecting recreational and/or commercial fishing vessels, preparing a file for prosecution, taking part in a surveillance operation, gathering intelligence on fisheries offending, and/or analysing fisheries information. Developing and maintaining relationships with tangata whenua and stakeholder groups who use the fisheries resource is also an important aspect of this role.


Mōu – About You

  • An achiever in both an individual and team context
  • The ability to work unsociable hours when required and in differing environments
  • The ability to communicate with diverse cultures
  • Must be able to operate in confrontational situations
  • The ability when necessary to travel away overnight, at times at short notice
  • Be available for domestic and international Fishery patrol deployments on Navy and Airforce assets.
  • Analytical experience and an enquiring mind-set
  • Have a basic understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and its importance in a NZ Fisheries context
  • Knowledge of the marine environment and the NZ Fisheries framework
  • Competent in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of programmes
  • Passion, motivation and drive for the role

This role is challenging and varied and this is what we expect from our frontline staff:

  • Establish and maintain directed work under the direction of the Chief Compliance Officer (Immediate supervisor) and the Team Manager in order to satisfy identified sector priorities
  • Maintain comprehensive education, monitoring, surveillance and inspection activities across the Fisheries sector
  • Assist in the detection, investigation and prosecution of offending against Fisheries legislation.
  • Gather, document, store and analyse information on all fishing and associated sectors
  • Maintain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles, rationale and objectives of all relevant Fisheries legislation and the impact of that legislation on all aspects of the Fisheries enforcement environment.
  • Develop and maintain effective communication and professional working relationships between the Regional Services Group and the wider Ministry and relevant external agencies. 




MPI is a place where there are diverse opportunities and where there is the ability to create a career in an organisation that supports growth and development. We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we’re an employer of choice because of it.

We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

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Benefits include:

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme

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Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

If you are successful the role requires you to wear a uniform, pass an initial physical fitness test and attend and successfully complete a comprehensive residential training course of up to four weeks to attain a Fishery Officer warrant.  Further details will be explained in more detail should you be shortlisted and selected to attend an assessment centre for this role.

A security clearance classification to the level of SECRET is required for this position.

Salary band $60k-$88k, dependant on skills and level of experience.

In order to be considered for this role, you must either be a New Zealand resident or citizen. 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. Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicants for these positions will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test.

For further information, please refer to the attached job description or email

 Applications close: 15 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.