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Fisheries Observer

Fisheries Observer

Fisheries Observer

Ministry for Primary Industries

Kei te tino whai whakaaro ngā tāngata o Aotearoa ki ā rātau mahinga ika me te taiao moana.

Ko tā Te Tini a Tangaroa, he whakahaere i ngā rawa ika kia tino whai hua ai mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa.

Mā te mahi me mātau ka hoki koe ki te kāinga i runga i te mōhio i whai kiko ō mahi mō te whakahaere o ngā mahi whakahaere i ngā rawa ika o Aotearoa me te taiao moana whānui kia toitū ai. 

New Zealanders care deeply about their fisheries and marine environment. 

Fisheries New Zealand works to ensure that fisheries resources are managed in a way that provides the greatest overall benefit to New Zealanders. 

Working with us means that every day you’ll go home knowing you’ve made a positive contribution to the sustainable

Now is an exciting time to join Fisheries New Zealand.  We’re delivering transformational change that will modernise commercial fishing practices and better support sustainable fisheries.

About the role - Kōrero mō te tūranga

MPI has vacancies for Observers engaged on an agreement by agreement basis to carry out seagoing observation and data collection duties. 

Observers are critical to New Zealand's world leading fisheries management regime. They monitor the environmental impact of fishing activity and record accurate and reliable data relating to vessel catch and processing.

Because of the nature of New Zealand's fisheries the successful applicants will be engaged on agreements which may comprise of multiple short duration trips on smaller vessels, or longer duration trips on larger New Zealand flagged vessels. A high level of flexibility and availability is required to become part of our great team of about 100 observers.

The vacancies for Observer positions are based in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, and Dunedin. Applicants do not need to reside in these locations to be able to apply for one of these positions. If you are successful in obtaining an Observer position, you would be required to present yourself at the location closest (listed above) to where you live in order to accept each employment agreement offered for Observer duties.

Who are we looking for? - Ko te tangata mo tēnei tūranga?

We are looking for people who enjoy a little bit of variation, an element of adventure, have life experience, and like the opportunity to be on the frontline with New Zealand’s fishing industry. You will need to be able to self-manage, be willing to get your hands dirty (gloves provided), have high integrity, an eye for detail, and excellent reporting skills. 

You must have the ability to collect and compile field data and be able to live and work in a seagoing environment. You will also have strong experience in note taking and data collection, and act as an ambassador for MPI and other government organisations. Seagoing experience and knowledge of New Zealand fisheries are desirable.

We need someone who is well versed in building and maintaining successful relationships.  In this role, you’ll get to work with intelligent and passionate people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets across Fisheries New Zealand and MPI, other New Zealand Government agencies, Tangata Whenua, and industry personal. 

Things to consider - Ngā āhuatanga hei whakaaroaro

You will need to undergo a medical assessment, and drug and alcohol pre-employment screening. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process on pre-employment checks. 

Only people who hold a current New Zealand work permit or are a New Zealand resident may apply for this position. MPI requests that applicants submit a covering letter in support of their application.

About the branch - Mō te peka

Fisheries New Zealand is a new business unit established within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to drive a stronger focus on managing New Zealand's valuable fisheries resources, and their place in the wider marine environment.  The Fisheries Science & Information Directorate incorporates Fisheries New Zealand’s data management, science and research, and fisheries observer and verification services functions.  

We embrace diversity and we encourage flexible working arrangements.

To find out more about Fisheries New Zealand and what we do please click here.

How to Apply - Me pēhea te tuku tono

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