Detector Dog Programme Trainer

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Posted:
    6 days ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Biosecurity Frontline Staff
  • Location: Auckland Airport
  • Date Advertised: 16-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1455790
  • Job Title: Detector Dog Programme Trainer
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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.

The Border Clearance Directorate is responsible for providing frontline clearance services at the border for imported goods, arriving international vessels and aircraft, international mail, international passengers and crew, and detection technology including X-Ray and detector dogs.

The Detector Dog Programme (DDP) is part of Border Clearance Services’ Detection Technology Team. The programme is responsible for training detector dog handlers and their dogs to detect risk goods in the air and sea passenger pathway, international mail pathway, cargo pathway, and on yachts.

Detector dog teams are deployed to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin international airports, the International Mail Centre in Auckland, cruise ships and yachts, and some cargo pathways


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.

We are seeking a trainer for our Detector Dog Programme, where you will provide training to both our handlers and working dogs, which will include monitoring, evaluating and assessing the field performance of dog teams in the region. Additionally, you will help to ensure the wellbeing of our operational dogs and handlers which includes developing and delivering coaching plans.

The salary range for this position is $72-76,000


Mōu – About You

The successful person for this role will have experience in adult education/teaching/coaching as well as experience handling dogs in this environment.  You will be able to build constructive relationships within local and national teams.  Along with this, you will have a proven track record of being self-motivated and working independently.

We are looking for a strong communicator with the ability to influence and educate.  You need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be comfortable interacting with people at all levels. Courage and innovation with a willingness to challenge the status quo will make you a desirable applicant.



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.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here

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
  • Comprehension one-week MPI Induction Programme


Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

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 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 attached job description or email

 Applications close: 24th 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.