Customs Detector Dog Handlerat New Zealand Customs Service

  • Company:
    New Zealand Customs Service
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    22 hours ago
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About this role You will need to have a well-fenced property where you can safely and securely kennel your dog at home. When fellow handlers are on leave, you may be asked to care for a second dog. If you are already a dog owner, please be aware that Customs service dogs cannot be housed at a property with other dogs and any other household pets must also be declared to assess potential impacts or suitability. You’ll work with your dog to safely search aircraft, people, ships, goods and premises – to detect, identify, and seize smuggled drugs and cash. In addition to making operational decisions about the best use of your dog in a safe and effective manner. You should be comfortable undertaking public engagement activities, such as DARE talks and Dog Squad/Border Patrol filming. Passion and flexibility required This is not a nine-to-five job. You’ll work on a roster, which means weekend work and odd hours. You will need to be prepared to frequently travel away from home, often at short notice. We understand the importance of life outside of work. We’ll work with you to provide flexibility where we can, and support your work life balance. We’ll give you the training you need for the job. Successful applicants must complete a three-and-a-half month residential detector dog training course, and pass the required Detector Dog certification. The course is in Auckland. Ko wai koe | About you To be successful in this role you will need to be able to demonstrate the following: Understanding of the role: The role of detector dog handler is a significant lifestyle commitment, caring for the detector dog out of work hours or on your rostered days off. An affinity for dogs is desirable, along with the ability to build an effective bond with a detector dog in both the operational and home environment. The ability to follow direction given in relation to the detector dog and the understanding that the detector dog remains a crown asset for the duration of the dogs working life is critical. Comfort with public engagement: You may be required to undertake a range of public relations activities, such as school talks and or Dog Squad/Border patrol filming to represent the Detector Dog Unit. Decision making: You will need to possess sound decision making skills. The ability to consider situational risks, assess health and safety factors and evaluate implications of their decisions are essential when operating in a constantly evolving environment. In addition to making operational decisions regarding the best utilisation of their dog, a handler must be able to correctly identify, manage and modify canine behavioural issues supported by our trainers. Interpersonal skills: Although you will need the ability to successfully work independently, you will also need the ability to participate and cooperate with others (including your direct team, wider Customs operational teams, and members of the public). The ability to effectively communicate, understand and resolve differing points of view is essential. Working at Customs | Te Mana Ārai Customs offers a dynamic and collaborative workplace with opportunities to develop and advance. Our people get on-the-job training, formal courses and leadership programmes, and the chance to move across diverse roles. We foster an inclusive and supportive team environment with vibrant social and cultural groups. Our people enjoy discounted health insurance. We also support, where possible, flexible working arrangements. Clearances You’ll be asked to complete a physical fitness test, medical check, and drug screening, as well as security checks for Confidential level national security clearance. To achieve ‘Confidential’ level clearance, you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who has resided in New Zealand continuously for the last 5 years and resided in New Zealand 5 years ago from the date of this application. We’ll guide you through the process. Note – where you have been outside of New Zealand over the past 5 years for shorter periods ie < 6-9 months in either Australia, United Kingdom, Canada or United States, and can provide Police certificates for your period of absence, you may still be eligible to apply. Applicants who are short-listed will be required to: Undertake the fitness testing (which includes undertaking a medical prior) Beep test Level 5.1 Strength and skill test Demonstrate you can swim 50 metres and tread water for 3 minutes, whilst wearing overalls If successful in passing the fitness testing, you will then undergo a practical (dog handling) assessment, attend a panel interview, complete psychometric assessment and undergo and pass drug testing as part of the selection process. Time Line: 17-28 May 2021 - Completion of medicals for shortlisted candidates 31 May 2021 - Complete required fitness test (Medical requirements must be completed prior to this date) 1 or 2 June 2021- Participate in the Practical Assessment (Auckland) 3 or 4 June 2021 - Attend Panel Interview Date to be arranged following interviews- Premises Check 12 Jul 2021 - Start Training in Auckland Me pehea te whakauru |