Senior Adviser, Biosecurity Science and Risk Assessment

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    4 weeks ago
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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 17-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1447090
  • Job Title: Senior Adviser, Biosecurity Science and Risk Assessment
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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 Biosecurity Science & Risk Assessment group provides specialised science and risk advice to support decision making across New Zealand’s biosecurity system and internationally.

The Plants & Pathways team within the Biosecurity Science & Risk Assessment group provides science advice and risk assessments for pest and diseases affecting plants, including forestry, horticultural and native species. The team also has a major role identifying new and emerging biosecurity risks, and communicating information about these risks to the teams undertaking risk management. The focus of the Plants and Pathways team is turning scientific information into high quality, practical advice to support biosecurity decision-making.


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 senior advisers in the Plants and Pathways team within the Biosecurity Science & Risk Assessment Group based in Wellington. In the role you would support New Zealand biosecurity system by providing science-based advice on pests and diseases, conducting risk assessments which are used by decision-makers across MPI, and contributing to improvements in risk assessment methods. You would also contribute to the integration of risk assessment outcomes into import health standards.

Mōu – About You

To be successful in this role you will need to:

  • be an intellectually curious person who wants to make a difference for biosecurity in New Zealand
  • be analytical, adaptable, logical and flexible, and thrive on learning new things
  • have experience in interpreting, communicating and managing scientific information for a range of different audiences, both scientific and non-scientific
  • be good at process management, communication and organisation and enjoy working in a team.


  • have at least five years either working or studying in a field directly related to plant health, for example plant pathology, entomology, ecology, horticulture, forestry, and/or agriculture


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


We are seeking applications from those who have experience working at a senior level or feel that they are ready to step up into a senior position and are looking for new challenges. To join a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities click on our link below!


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: 1 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.