Target Evaluator

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    3 weeks ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Biosecurity Frontline Staff
  • Location: Auckland Airport
  • Date Advertised: 06-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1441752A
  • Job Title: Target Evaluator
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

As a Target evaluator you will contribute towards biosecurity and food safety at the border. Being warranted under both the Food Act 2014 and Biosecurity Act 1993 and supportive legislation, you will be working towards competency in both areas. Target evaluators use their specialist knowledge to screen import documentation, apply operational intelligence, and work with internal and external stakeholders. As a target evaluator you have an eye for detail, like working in an office environment, have great communication skills, a passion for biosecurity and food safety and initiative to learn on the job.


Mōu – About You

This is the role for you if you have an interest in the application of intelligence, the primary sector, and the wider environmental, economic, social and political context it operates within. You’ll bring comprehensive knowledge of the food clearance process and/or biosecurity operational environment and ideally previous experience in a similar role.

You’ll also bring:

  • Skills in risk assessment and technical expertise in biosecurity clearances
  • Bring your relevant qualifications preferably a science qualification and /or relevant industry experience.
  • Interest along with your attention to detail and your enjoyment of working in a fast moving, busy environment where no two days are the same and customer experience is a key focus.
  • Practical experience in the food industry, in biosecurity or conservation would be beneficial.
  • A great attitude, flexibility and a desire to be part of a team sharing your experience, knowledge, support and work alongside your colleagues.


Mō tō mātou rōpū – About the Team

You’ll join a team that is specialized in target evaluation and associated public services.  The team’s deliverables include:

  • Target evaluation
  • Applying import health standards
  • Food notices
  • To cargo applications
  • Servicing public enquiries around cargo imports

The Food team support & liaise with sampling inspectors nationwide. You’ll work in a flexible and dynamic environment that contributes significantly to New Zealand’s primary industries.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

Our purpose is to grow and protect New Zealand. MPI is helping maximise 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. We employ over 3,000 staff based in more than 60 locations both here and overseas.

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.

The Operations branch of MPI is responsible for the verification of cargo, passengers, animal products and food. The Branch is also responsible for intelligence gathering, risk and targeting strategies, planning, training and quality assurance.


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

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames
  • Employee Assistance Programme (counselling support)

Salary range for this role is $56,000 to $66,000 depending on skills and experience

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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 15th March 2020.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Jessica Bradley at



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.