Biosecurity officers are responsible for managing the control of introduced pest plants and animals, and trying to prevent new species entering New Zealand and becoming established. Their work can include inspecting and monitoring land, waterways, boats and planes; educating landowners and the public; and supervising pest destruction work.
It’s a job that suits people who love being outdoors, are confident and good at negotiation, and who are observant and responsible.
The main employers of biosecurity officers are:
Your chances of getting a job as a biosecurity officer are relatively poor, as lots of people want to work outdoors and it’s a small industry where people often stay in their jobs for a long time. You can improve your chances by doing volunteer work in your local area or for the Department of Conservation.
Biosecurity officers generally earn:
Key tertiary qualifications include:
Required and recommended school subjects:
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