Senior Advisor New Organisms

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Science and Environment
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 14-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: 31430688
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor New Organisms
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The Kiwi way of life is what we’re all about. People work here for the benefit of all New Zealanders and the environment. We think it’s the best reason to come to work every day. Do you?

Senior Advisor New Organisms


New Zealand’s economy relies on organisms that are not native to New Zealand. We need to assess and manage the risks of introducing new organisms into New Zealand. We manage risks to the environment, the health and safety of people, Māori culture and traditions, and the market economy from organisms that are new to New Zealand. We do this without limiting New Zealand’s future potential for innovation.


If you want to make a significant, lasting contribution to the well-being of New Zealanders then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) intends to enable better future environments for New Zealanders by being a world leading environmental regulator. We are determined to make a difference, and we want positive, professional and proactive people to join us.


What we’re looking for
We are seeking an experienced, skilled and enthusiastic Senior Advisor to join our New Organisms Applications team. The role involves evaluating applications for import, develop or release new organisms in New Zealand, as well as providing support and expertise across the wider team and the EPA in carrying out our statutory functions.


Knowledge and experience required
The successful candidate will:

  • have a proven track record of biotechnology, biomedical or microbiology experience, with a minimum of 5 years working in the field
  • have proven experience within a regulatory environment or research experience
  • have demonstrated their ability to positively engage with others on technical matters
  • have experience in technical leadership and coaching/mentoring others
  • have an understanding of the New Zealand regulatory landscape as it applies to biotechnology or biological control agents
  • enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team
  • have a focus on time management, quality and an eye for detail
  • demonstrate skills and behaviours which support a positive, collaborative and professional team culture


What we can offer you

This is a permanent position based in our central city offices on Lambton Quay, surrounded by great cafes, shopping and a stone’s throw from the waterfront. You will be joining a close-knit and supportive New Organisms Applications team who are focused and dedicated to our work and whānau.

The EPA is great place to work, made up of friendly people with ambitious goals. We value our employees, and take pride in offering a positive working environment, professional development and supporting work-life balance.

Some of the benefits of working with us include on-site weekly Māori language lessons and regular Te Ao Māori workshops, as well as frequent talks on a range of topics from fascinating external speakers. We also have a variety of staff groups, from yoga to adventure running, that cater to the diverse interests of our staff.

In addition to these great benefits at work, we offer our staff extra leave on top of the standard legislative requirements.

Check out the careers section of our website for more information at


Additional information

For a copy of the position description, please visit the careers section of our website

You must be eligible to work and live in New Zealand. The successful candidate will be required to undertake and pass criminal records check.

For additional information please contact Dana Uzun, HR Business Partner, at


Applying for the position

Click ‘Apply for this job’ now to complete your application form, a covering letter, and provide a copy of your CV.


Applications close at 5pm 10 November 2019

The role involves evaluating applications for import, develop or release new organisms in New Zealand.