Ministry for Primary Industries

Ministry for Primary Industries

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.   

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Posted March 2017

People who have worked for Ministry for Primary Industries

  • Alysha Bagasra

    Policy Analyst, Alysha Bagasra at work

    Laura Goudie

    Graduate Analyst, Laura Goudie at work

    Kate Calcott

    , Kate Calcott at work

Ministry for Primary Industries employs people in these job roles

  • Agricultural or Horticultural Consultant

    Agricultural or Horticultural Consultant

    Agricultural or Horticultural Scientist

    Agricultural or Horticultural Scientist

    Agricultural or Horticultural Technician

    Agricultural or Horticultural Technician

    Biosecurity Officer

    Biosecurity Officer
  • Chemist

    Chemist

    Climate Scientist + Meteorologist

    Climate Scientist + Meteorologist

    Ecologist

    Ecologist

    Environmental Engineer

    Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist

    Environmental Scientist

    Farm Vet

    Farm Vet

    Food Safety (QA) Officer

    Food Safety (QA) Officer

    Food Scientist

    Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist

    Food Technologist

    Forester

    Forester

    Forestry Scientist

    Forestry Scientist

    Geospatial (GIS) Analyst

    Geospatial (GIS) Analyst
  • ICT Support Professional

    ICT Support Professional

    Marine/Coastal Scientist

    Marine/Coastal Scientist

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Soil Scientist

    Soil Scientist
  • Statistician

    Statistician

    Water Resources Engineer

    Water Resources Engineer

    Web Developer

    Web Developer

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