Biosecurity Officer (Fixed term)


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Biosecurity Officer (Fixed term)

  • Job Type Fixed Term
  • Location Blenheim
  • Listed
  • Closing

About us

Marlborough is unique for many reasons. The region offers an array of outdoor pursuits in a distinctive and picturesque landscape. With one-fifth of the New Zealand coastline in the Marlborough Sounds, the land and sea offer unlimited accessibility for sports and leisure.

Marlborough District Council is a dynamic, progressive organisation which prides itself on the professionalism it brings to managing a wide range of functions. Our vision is that over the next decade, Marlborough will become a globally-connected district of progressive, high-value enterprise, known for its quality lifestyle, desirable location and natural environment.

The opportunity

We are looking for an enthusiastic Biosecurity Officer who wants to make their mark in helping protect the Marlborough region from the threats and impacts of invasive species.

You will be getting out and about in the field on a daily basis implementing various Regional Pest Management Plan programmes and other initiatives guided by Council’s Biosecurity Strategy. Many of these, but not all, relate to pest plants. All of these programmes or initiatives require collaborative planning within the team, good communication skills (especially when liaising with landholders), and effective management of your time.

This is a fixed term role ending on 30 June 2024.

About you

To be considered for this role you will be expected to have experience in, or clearly demonstrate a capacity to learn, the following key skills:

  • Identification and management techniques for invasive species including the handling and use of agrichemicals and/or hazardous substances.
  • Compliance and enforcement including having those difficult conversations.
  • Strong computer skills and accurate management of both activity and spatial information.
  • Experience in the handling and use of motorcycles and 4WD vehicles.

Dealing with, landowners, contractors, and people in general are a large part of the role. You will need to be organised with a desire for doing the job right the first time.

We offer

  • A workplace that supports flexibility, health and wellbeing.
  • An environment where input, initiative and innovation is encouraged.
  • A fantastic learning environment and support for continuing education.
  • A competitive remuneration and benefits package.

If you’re ready to progress your career with Marlborough District Council, apply now!

Applications close 5.00 pm on 30 January 2022.

For further information you are welcome to contact Jono Underwood (Biosecurity Manager) on

Applying for this role

Please complete and submit the online application form.

Note: a hard copy application form is available on request. For a copy please contact our Customer Service team.

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Job Description

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Please note that Marlborough District Council is currently undergoing a health and safety risk assessment of all roles and positions that are at a high risk of exposure to COVID-19. The outcome of that assessment may result in this role requiring the successful applicant to be fully vaccinated. All shortlisted applicants will be informed accordingly as soon as the assessment is completed.