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Let us introduce ourselves...
Ko wai mātou

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.

For many, the most visible part of MPI is the work of our frontline people at New Zealand’s international airports, ports and fisheries.  But there’s much more to us - something you’ll quickly discover when you join our team.  At MPI, you’ll be part of a diverse group that shares a vision of growing and protecting New Zealand.

Take a further look here:

Graduate Stories
Te whakawhanaungatanga ki ā mātou tauria

Alysha Bagasra
Studied: BA(Spanish)/BSc(Biology and Environmental Science) (University of Auckland)

“I studied a BA(Spanish)/BSc(Biology and Environmental Science)  at the University of Auckland, because I was interested in how we can apply science to the environmental challenges we’re facing, and also how international collaboration can contribute to successful solutions. I was involved in several volunteer activities throughout my degree including with the Department of Conservation, as well as cultural groups like the Latin American and Iberian Film Society. The MPI Graduate Development Programme has been fantastic as it’s allowed me to work in different roles and areas across the organisation, from biosecurity to international trade policy. Being on the programme enabled me to find what I was really passionate about which is international environmental policy. My current role working in international climate change policy as it relates to agriculture and forestry has opened up so many doors for me and I’m loving the challenge!” 

 

Sam Bishop
Studied: Bachelor of Applied Business Studies (Whitireia New Zealand)

When I saw the MPI Graduate Development Programme being advertised I saw it as a great stepping stone to get into a permanent role.  The three work rotations as part of the programme provided an opportunity to see what the organisation does and to get the opportunity to work on a variety of things.  I began my work rotations in our Policy & Trade branch, working in the forestry and plant sector; then transitioned into strategy systems and science policy.  For my final rotation I moved into our Corporate Services area, working in planning and business transformation.  Now in my current role as Adviser Business Continuity Planning, I get involved in some of the more people-focused areas in terms of how we react to natural disasters and emergencies, which provides a real sense of achievement when your work helps staff in knowing what to do. MPI has a great cohort of mentors available across the whole Ministry, constant employment opportunities, and a real sense of working towards something meaningful. The grad programme really has fostered my career growth and provided me an opportunity that many are keen to get in on. 

 

Danica Carter
Studied: MSc in Chemistry (Victoria University of Wellington)

I’m originally from Rotorua but I have spent most of the last nine years in Wellington. I completed my qualification at Vic Uni and enjoyed getting involved with soccer teams, mentoring and tutoring, the VicPlus leadership programme as well as working at halls of residence. Starting at MPI was really different for me but I have found that my scientific background has really helped in the analytic and problem-solving spaces of each project that I’ve worked on. I started off in a team that assesses and registers pesticides for use in New Zealand, as well as monitoring the residues of such products on the food that we eat to make sure that these are within healthy levels. I moved into a policy team that prepared for biosecurity threats in New Zealand and how to best manage them and then kept the Ministers informed of how MPI were dealing with the incursion if anything did arrive. Now I am a strategic analyst looking at the long-term threats to New Zealand’s primary industries; mainly in the food, trade, primary production and biosecurity space. I found MPI really welcoming as a whole, but I found the cultural support of Te Tauaki Puāwai (our Māori staff network) to be really valuable. The grad programme has been a great way for me to get an overview of the organisation and has made me realise how broad the primary industries are. It has been a great opportunity to interact with different parts of this organisation and is helping me figure out what kind of direction I want my career here to go in.

How Do I Apply?
Me pēhea te tuku tono

To be considered for the Programme, it is essential that you have a recent tertiary qualification (graduated within the last two years), backed up by strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Clear, confident communication skills are just as important, as are sound relationship management abilities and a collaborative working style.  We don’t expect graduates to have a wealth of industry knowledge or experience, but involvement in voluntary work or serving one’s community, learning or speaking a language other than English, and experience leading or mentoring others (such as in a sports team, volunteer group or academically) are a bonus.

To apply, click “apply now” to be directed to our career site to fill out our application and a questionnaire.  The following items are required to be considered for the Programme: 

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter
  • A copy of your academic transcript.  For application purposes, we can accept an unofficial copy which includes some University branding (i.e. log into your “grades” via your University’s intranet, and print the grades from there).
  • There will be a short questionnaire to answer when you apply, so set aside approximately 15-20 minutes to ensure that your application is in order before you submit it. 

Important points to consider:

  1. Attendance at our Assessment Centre is compulsory, as it involves team exercises and face-to-face interviews.  This will be held in Wellington on Friday 4 August 2017.  MPI will assist with travel arrangements for candidates who live outside of the Wellington region.
  2. Candidates must have completed a tertiary degree no more than two years prior to the Programme's start date of January 2018 (i.e. 2016), and be available to assume their full-time role in the Programme in mid-January 2018. 
  3. In order to be considered for the Programme, candidates must be a New Zealand permanent resident or an Australian citizen.  
  4. You may address your cover letter to Koren Wilkinson, Recruitment Adviser.
  5. Applications are due by 5:00pm on 18 June 2017.  For further information on our process, or if you have any other questions, please email Koren at [email protected]

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Things to consider
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Application

All applications must be lodged through our online career portal at www.careers.mpi.govt.nz

As part of the online application, please attach the following documentation:

  1. CV – Tell us about your academic experience and work history, volunteer and community work, sport, languages, travel, and hobbies.  Please ensure that your educational experience is at the top of your CV and clearly outline your field(s) of study, and when you graduated (or when your anticipated graduation date will be).
  2. Cover Letter – Tell us about your motivation for joining the Graduate Development Programme and why you’d like to work for the Ministry for Primary Industries.
  3. Academic Transcript – An official transcript must be attached to support your application.  If you do not have an official transcript yet), you may provide an unofficial transcript from your university, noting that an official transcript must be provided once it is available.

Process After the Application

Once applications close we will carefully review each application and supporting documentation, and advise candidates on whether or not they will be progressing to the next phase. 

Candidates who progress on to the next stage of the recruitment phase will be participate in a video interview. This video interview will include some brief questions about you and your interest in working for us.,

The next step is a written exercise.

Following the video interview and written exercise, candidates who will be progressed to the next stage will participate in psychometric assessments. These assessments are conducted online.

Candidates who progress to the next stage will be invited to attend our one-day Assessment Centre. Please note that due to a candidate’s involvement in group exercises, individual participation and face-to-face interviewing, attendance at the Assessment Centre is compulsory in order to be considered for a place in the Programme. This Assessment Centre will take place in Wellington on Friday 4 August 2017. Applicants who live outside of the Wellington region will be assisted with travel.

Once all of these assessments are completed, a decision will be made as to which candidates to progress to offer stage. Our Programme commences in mid-January 2018 – and all candidates must be available for full-time work at that time.

Throughout this process, we will be in communication with all candidates, both successful and unsuccessful. We are here to support you and enable you to put your best forward in all phases of the Programme.

Due to issues we’ve been having with some email providers incorrectly identifying email communication from us as “junk”, “spam”, or “clutter”, please check those folders regularly for emails from us.

If you have any questions, please email Koren Wilkinson at [email protected]

Graduate Stories
Te whakawhanaungatanga ki ā mātou tauria

Alysha Bagasra
Studied: BA(Spanish)/BSc(Biology and Environmental Science) (University of Auckland)

“I studied a BA(Spanish)/BSc(Biology and Environmental Science)  at the University of Auckland, because I was interested in how we can apply science to the environmental challenges we’re facing, and also how international collaboration can contribute to successful solutions. I was involved in several volunteer activities throughout my degree including with the Department of Conservation, as well as cultural groups like the Latin American and Iberian Film Society. The MPI Graduate Development Programme has been fantastic as it’s allowed me to work in different roles and areas across the organisation, from biosecurity to international trade policy. Being on the programme enabled me to find what I was really passionate about which is international environmental policy. My current role working in international climate change policy as it relates to agriculture and forestry has opened up so many doors for me and I’m loving the challenge!” 

 

Sam Bishop
Studied: Bachelor of Applied Business Studies (Whitireia New Zealand)

When I saw the MPI Graduate Development Programme being advertised I saw it as a great stepping stone to get into a permanent role.  The three work rotations as part of the programme provided an opportunity to see what the organisation does and to get the opportunity to work on a variety of things.  I began my work rotations in our Policy & Trade branch, working in the forestry and plant sector; then transitioned into strategy systems and science policy.  For my final rotation I moved into our Corporate Services area, working in planning and business transformation.  Now in my current role as Adviser Business Continuity Planning, I get involved in some of the more people-focused areas in terms of how we react to natural disasters and emergencies, which provides a real sense of achievement when your work helps staff in knowing what to do. MPI has a great cohort of mentors available across the whole Ministry, constant employment opportunities, and a real sense of working towards something meaningful. The grad programme really has fostered my career growth and provided me an opportunity that many are keen to get in on. 

 

Danica Carter
Studied: MSc in Chemistry (Victoria University of Wellington)

I’m originally from Rotorua but I have spent most of the last nine years in Wellington. I completed my qualification at Vic Uni and enjoyed getting involved with soccer teams, mentoring and tutoring, the VicPlus leadership programme as well as working at halls of residence. Starting at MPI was really different for me but I have found that my scientific background has really helped in the analytic and problem-solving spaces of each project that I’ve worked on. I started off in a team that assesses and registers pesticides for use in New Zealand, as well as monitoring the residues of such products on the food that we eat to make sure that these are within healthy levels. I moved into a policy team that prepared for biosecurity threats in New Zealand and how to best manage them and then kept the Ministers informed of how MPI were dealing with the incursion if anything did arrive. Now I am a strategic analyst looking at the long-term threats to New Zealand’s primary industries; mainly in the food, trade, primary production and biosecurity space. I found MPI really welcoming as a whole, but I found the cultural support of Te Tauaki Puāwai (our Māori staff network) to be really valuable. The grad programme has been a great way for me to get an overview of the organisation and has made me realise how broad the primary industries are. It has been a great opportunity to interact with different parts of this organisation and is helping me figure out what kind of direction I want my career here to go in.

MPI's Graduate Development Programme
Te hōtaka whakapakari ā MPI

 

  • Are you knowledgeable and passionate about the primary sector? 
  • Would you like an opportunity to protect New Zealand’s biosecurity regime?
  • Become a valued member of our highly respected Graduate Development Programme!
  • To be considered for this permanent, full-time opportunity, please submit your application by 5:00 pm on 18 June 2017 

Are you an adaptive person who has the desire and ability to learn new ideas and ways of doing things?  Are you looking to develop your career at an organisation that’s committed to helping you find a career path that’s right for you? 

If you have enthusiasm, natural curiosity, internal motivation and a desire to start your career out on the right foot, consider applying for the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Graduate Development Programme! Think of it as the ultimate springboard to a hugely satisfying and important future – one that’s vital to maintaining New Zealand’s unique natural identity and international reputation.

As one of our graduates, you’ll find yourself working in a variety of areas – such as biosecurity, forestry, fisheries, food, response, regulation and policy initiatives.  Our Programme is structured so that you will participate in three work rotations of approximately six months each in various parts of our business – including rotations that may occur regionally (i.e. Nelson, Christchurch, or Auckland) as well as in Wellington.  Each of these rotations will broaden your knowledge and capabilities as well as your confidence.  As the programme nears completion (after 18 months), we’ll work with you to align your interests and aspirations to one of the many career opportunities on offer. You could pursue a role in aquaculture, science or on the frontline, or perhaps you’ll be drawn to a career in communications or investigations, regulatory or policy.  Whatever path you choose, your time on the MPI Graduate Development Programme will set you up with the insights and experience for the best possible start.

How Do I Apply?
Me pēhea te tuku tono

To be considered for the Programme, it is essential that you have a recent tertiary qualification (graduated within the last two years), backed up by strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Clear, confident communication skills are just as important, as are sound relationship management abilities and a collaborative working style.  We don’t expect graduates to have a wealth of industry knowledge or experience, but involvement in voluntary work or serving one’s community, learning or speaking a language other than English, and experience leading or mentoring others (such as in a sports team, volunteer group or academically) are a bonus.

To apply, click “apply now” to be directed to our career site to fill out our application and a questionnaire.  The following items are required to be considered for the Programme: 

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter
  • A copy of your academic transcript.  For application purposes, we can accept an unofficial copy which includes some University branding (i.e. log into your “grades” via your University’s intranet, and print the grades from there).
  • There will be a short questionnaire to answer when you apply, so set aside approximately 15-20 minutes to ensure that your application is in order before you submit it. 

Important points to consider:

  1. Attendance at our Assessment Centre is compulsory, as it involves team exercises and face-to-face interviews.  This will be held in Wellington on Friday 4 August 2017.  MPI will assist with travel arrangements for candidates who live outside of the Wellington region.
  2. Candidates must have completed a tertiary degree no more than two years prior to the Programme's start date of January 2018 (i.e. 2016), and be available to assume their full-time role in the Programme in mid-January 2018. 
  3. In order to be considered for the Programme, candidates must be a New Zealand permanent resident or an Australian citizen.  
  4. You may address your cover letter to Koren Wilkinson, Recruitment Adviser.
  5. Applications are due by 5:00pm on 18 June 2017.  For further information on our process, or if you have any other questions, please email Koren at [email protected]

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Let us introduce ourselves...
Ko wai mātou

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.

For many, the most visible part of MPI is the work of our frontline people at New Zealand’s international airports, ports and fisheries.  But there’s much more to us - something you’ll quickly discover when you join our team.  At MPI, you’ll be part of a diverse group that shares a vision of growing and protecting New Zealand.

Take a further look here:

Things to consider
Ngā āhuatanga hei whakaaroaro

Application

All applications must be lodged through our online career portal at www.careers.mpi.govt.nz

As part of the online application, please attach the following documentation:

  1. CV – Tell us about your academic experience and work history, volunteer and community work, sport, languages, travel, and hobbies.  Please ensure that your educational experience is at the top of your CV and clearly outline your field(s) of study, and when you graduated (or when your anticipated graduation date will be).
  2. Cover Letter – Tell us about your motivation for joining the Graduate Development Programme and why you’d like to work for the Ministry for Primary Industries.
  3. Academic Transcript – An official transcript must be attached to support your application.  If you do not have an official transcript yet), you may provide an unofficial transcript from your university, noting that an official transcript must be provided once it is available.

Process After the Application

Once applications close we will carefully review each application and supporting documentation, and advise candidates on whether or not they will be progressing to the next phase. 

Candidates who progress on to the next stage of the recruitment phase will be participate in a video interview. This video interview will include some brief questions about you and your interest in working for us.,

The next step is a written exercise.

Following the video interview and written exercise, candidates who will be progressed to the next stage will participate in psychometric assessments. These assessments are conducted online.

Candidates who progress to the next stage will be invited to attend our one-day Assessment Centre. Please note that due to a candidate’s involvement in group exercises, individual participation and face-to-face interviewing, attendance at the Assessment Centre is compulsory in order to be considered for a place in the Programme. This Assessment Centre will take place in Wellington on Friday 4 August 2017. Applicants who live outside of the Wellington region will be assisted with travel.

Once all of these assessments are completed, a decision will be made as to which candidates to progress to offer stage. Our Programme commences in mid-January 2018 – and all candidates must be available for full-time work at that time.

Throughout this process, we will be in communication with all candidates, both successful and unsuccessful. We are here to support you and enable you to put your best forward in all phases of the Programme.

Due to issues we’ve been having with some email providers incorrectly identifying email communication from us as “junk”, “spam”, or “clutter”, please check those folders regularly for emails from us.

If you have any questions, please email Koren Wilkinson at [email protected]

Let us introduce ourselves...
Ko wai mātou

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.

For many, the most visible part of MPI is the work of our frontline people at New Zealand’s international airports, ports and fisheries.  But there’s much more to us - something you’ll quickly discover when you join our team.  At MPI, you’ll be part of a diverse group that shares a vision of growing and protecting New Zealand.

Take a further look here:

How Do I Apply?
Me pēhea te tuku tono

To be considered for the Programme, it is essential that you have a recent tertiary qualification (graduated within the last two years), backed up by strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Clear, confident communication skills are just as important, as are sound relationship management abilities and a collaborative working style.  We don’t expect graduates to have a wealth of industry knowledge or experience, but involvement in voluntary work or serving one’s community, learning or speaking a language other than English, and experience leading or mentoring others (such as in a sports team, volunteer group or academically) are a bonus.

To apply, click “apply now” to be directed to our career site to fill out our application and a questionnaire.  The following items are required to be considered for the Programme: 

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter
  • A copy of your academic transcript.  For application purposes, we can accept an unofficial copy which includes some University branding (i.e. log into your “grades” via your University’s intranet, and print the grades from there).
  • There will be a short questionnaire to answer when you apply, so set aside approximately 15-20 minutes to ensure that your application is in order before you submit it. 

Important points to consider:

  1. Attendance at our Assessment Centre is compulsory, as it involves team exercises and face-to-face interviews.  This will be held in Wellington on Friday 4 August 2017.  MPI will assist with travel arrangements for candidates who live outside of the Wellington region.
  2. Candidates must have completed a tertiary degree no more than two years prior to the Programme's start date of January 2018 (i.e. 2016), and be available to assume their full-time role in the Programme in mid-January 2018. 
  3. In order to be considered for the Programme, candidates must be a New Zealand permanent resident or an Australian citizen.  
  4. You may address your cover letter to Koren Wilkinson, Recruitment Adviser.
  5. Applications are due by 5:00pm on 18 June 2017.  For further information on our process, or if you have any other questions, please email Koren at [email protected]

Follow us on Facebook

Connect with us on LinkedIn

Follow us on Twitter

Watch us on YouTube

 

 

Graduate Stories
Te whakawhanaungatanga ki ā mātou tauria

Alysha Bagasra
Studied: BA(Spanish)/BSc(Biology and Environmental Science) (University of Auckland)

“I studied a BA(Spanish)/BSc(Biology and Environmental Science)  at the University of Auckland, because I was interested in how we can apply science to the environmental challenges we’re facing, and also how international collaboration can contribute to successful solutions. I was involved in several volunteer activities throughout my degree including with the Department of Conservation, as well as cultural groups like the Latin American and Iberian Film Society. The MPI Graduate Development Programme has been fantastic as it’s allowed me to work in different roles and areas across the organisation, from biosecurity to international trade policy. Being on the programme enabled me to find what I was really passionate about which is international environmental policy. My current role working in international climate change policy as it relates to agriculture and forestry has opened up so many doors for me and I’m loving the challenge!” 

 

Sam Bishop
Studied: Bachelor of Applied Business Studies (Whitireia New Zealand)

When I saw the MPI Graduate Development Programme being advertised I saw it as a great stepping stone to get into a permanent role.  The three work rotations as part of the programme provided an opportunity to see what the organisation does and to get the opportunity to work on a variety of things.  I began my work rotations in our Policy & Trade branch, working in the forestry and plant sector; then transitioned into strategy systems and science policy.  For my final rotation I moved into our Corporate Services area, working in planning and business transformation.  Now in my current role as Adviser Business Continuity Planning, I get involved in some of the more people-focused areas in terms of how we react to natural disasters and emergencies, which provides a real sense of achievement when your work helps staff in knowing what to do. MPI has a great cohort of mentors available across the whole Ministry, constant employment opportunities, and a real sense of working towards something meaningful. The grad programme really has fostered my career growth and provided me an opportunity that many are keen to get in on. 

 

Danica Carter
Studied: MSc in Chemistry (Victoria University of Wellington)

I’m originally from Rotorua but I have spent most of the last nine years in Wellington. I completed my qualification at Vic Uni and enjoyed getting involved with soccer teams, mentoring and tutoring, the VicPlus leadership programme as well as working at halls of residence. Starting at MPI was really different for me but I have found that my scientific background has really helped in the analytic and problem-solving spaces of each project that I’ve worked on. I started off in a team that assesses and registers pesticides for use in New Zealand, as well as monitoring the residues of such products on the food that we eat to make sure that these are within healthy levels. I moved into a policy team that prepared for biosecurity threats in New Zealand and how to best manage them and then kept the Ministers informed of how MPI were dealing with the incursion if anything did arrive. Now I am a strategic analyst looking at the long-term threats to New Zealand’s primary industries; mainly in the food, trade, primary production and biosecurity space. I found MPI really welcoming as a whole, but I found the cultural support of Te Tauaki Puāwai (our Māori staff network) to be really valuable. The grad programme has been a great way for me to get an overview of the organisation and has made me realise how broad the primary industries are. It has been a great opportunity to interact with different parts of this organisation and is helping me figure out what kind of direction I want my career here to go in.

Things to consider
Ngā āhuatanga hei whakaaroaro

Application

All applications must be lodged through our online career portal at www.careers.mpi.govt.nz

As part of the online application, please attach the following documentation:

  1. CV – Tell us about your academic experience and work history, volunteer and community work, sport, languages, travel, and hobbies.  Please ensure that your educational experience is at the top of your CV and clearly outline your field(s) of study, and when you graduated (or when your anticipated graduation date will be).
  2. Cover Letter – Tell us about your motivation for joining the Graduate Development Programme and why you’d like to work for the Ministry for Primary Industries.
  3. Academic Transcript – An official transcript must be attached to support your application.  If you do not have an official transcript yet), you may provide an unofficial transcript from your university, noting that an official transcript must be provided once it is available.

Process After the Application

Once applications close we will carefully review each application and supporting documentation, and advise candidates on whether or not they will be progressing to the next phase. 

Candidates who progress on to the next stage of the recruitment phase will be participate in a video interview. This video interview will include some brief questions about you and your interest in working for us.,

The next step is a written exercise.

Following the video interview and written exercise, candidates who will be progressed to the next stage will participate in psychometric assessments. These assessments are conducted online.

Candidates who progress to the next stage will be invited to attend our one-day Assessment Centre. Please note that due to a candidate’s involvement in group exercises, individual participation and face-to-face interviewing, attendance at the Assessment Centre is compulsory in order to be considered for a place in the Programme. This Assessment Centre will take place in Wellington on Friday 4 August 2017. Applicants who live outside of the Wellington region will be assisted with travel.

Once all of these assessments are completed, a decision will be made as to which candidates to progress to offer stage. Our Programme commences in mid-January 2018 – and all candidates must be available for full-time work at that time.

Throughout this process, we will be in communication with all candidates, both successful and unsuccessful. We are here to support you and enable you to put your best forward in all phases of the Programme.

Due to issues we’ve been having with some email providers incorrectly identifying email communication from us as “junk”, “spam”, or “clutter”, please check those folders regularly for emails from us.

If you have any questions, please email Koren Wilkinson at [email protected]

Ministry for Primary Industries Websites

Ministry for Primary Industries Graduate Programs