Senior Adviser Surveillance – Animal Health

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  • Category: Veterinarians
  • Location: Wellington – Upper Hutt
  • Date Advertised: 31-JAN-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1445549
  • Job Title: Senior Adviser Surveillance – Animal Health
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Diagnostic and Surveillance Services Directorate within Biosecurity New Zealand (part of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)) is looking for a veterinarian to join the Surveillance aspect of our Animal Surveillance and Incursion Investigation (S&II) team. The S&II team is based at Wallaceville, Upper Hutt on campus with MPI’s Animal Health Laboratory (AHL). The AHL is New Zealand’s reference laboratory for animal health and biosecurity, and provides much of the diagnostic service required to support MPI’s surveillance and incursion investigation function.

This role would suit a veterinarian with an interest in population-level disease surveillance and knowledge of New Zealand’s livestock, companion animal and wildlife landscape. Post-graduate epidemiology (or pathology, conservation medicine) training, or an interest in working towards an epidemiology post-graduate qualification, is desirable.

  • The team works within the Biosecurity New Zealand business unit and is tasked with undertaking surveillance to substantiate New Zealand disease status statements and for the early detection of exotic, new and emerging animal pests and diseases.
  • Core functions relate to both operational and management aspects of disease surveillance and early response functions, related to unwanted pests or diseases affecting animal biosecurity, including livestock, companion animals, bees and wildlife.
  • The Surveillance Adviser/Senior Adviser  is responsible for: developing, implementing, managing and reviewing pest or disease surveillance programmes and plans; understanding and contributing to international standards; and ensuring surveillance policies, programmes, and systems are appropriate, efficient, and, where applicable, harmonised with international principles and standards.
  • The role will have a focus on administering and enhancing New Zealand’s wildlife surveillance programme.
  • Technical advice provided by this role encompasses both scheduled surveillance programme work and to a lesser extent incursion response work, such as development of exotic disease surveillance readiness and post-detection surveillance plans.


Mōu – About You

You will need:

  • Eligibility to reside in New Zealand;
  • A veterinary degree registerable in New Zealand;
  • Minimum five years  veterinary practice (or equivalent) experience including experience with wildlife, ideally in New Zealand;
  • Veterinary skills across a range of disciplines e.g. including diagnostics, epidemiology, pathology, emergency management;
  • Motivation, initiative, flexibility, sound judgement and an aptitude for team work;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Preferably a post graduate qualification in epidemiology, (or pathology, conservation medicine), although consideration will be given to veterinarians with the appropriate practice experience that includes wildlife and/or conservation medicine, and a keen interest to develop their epidemiology skillset.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.


Ahurea – Culture

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all. We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

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


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: – Benefits of working at MPI

  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehension one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave  
  • Kiwisaver contributions
  • Workstation assessment
  • Flexible working – we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

Salary range for this role is $75,000 to $107,000 depending on skills and experience

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Whakamātau Whakapōauau me te Waipiro – Drug and Alcohol Screening

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks page.


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Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

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

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 or via Skype.

The closing date is Sunday 23rd February 2020.

If you have any questions about the role, please email  




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.