The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for growing and protecting New Zealand sectors such as farming, fishing, food, forestry, biosecurity and food. That means helping to maximise export opportunities, improve productivity, ensure food produced is safe, increase sustainable resource use and protect the country from biological risk.
MPI has more than 2,200 staff working in over 70 locations across the country and internationally. They’re involved in providing analysis and policy advice for the Government, and are responsible for regulations and services related to agriculture, forestry, food safety, fishers and aquaculture management, animal welfare, rural affairs and biosecurity.
Our 18-month graduate development programme is for recent graduates who are curious, open minded and have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Their qualifications vary – MPI is open to applicants from many fields as long as you have a passion for the primary industries. A science, food technology, IT or engineering-related degree is very useful.
The graduates have rotations where they work in various areas of MPI. They also get to travel around the country to visit other MPI sites or primary industries-related companies. The programme provides an opportunity to consider where they want to go in their careers and, where possible, we find a role for them in that team.
Staff working in senior policy roles are likely to have a postgraduate degree, such as a Master’s or PhD.
Posted March 2017
Ministry for Primary Industries employs people in these job roles