Biosecurity Officer, Pest Plants, Masterton

  • Passionate about protecting our environment

  • Make a difference in our region

  • Great communication skills

We are looking for a Masterton based Biosecurity Officer (Pest Plants) to help us control the influx of exotic plants and to help minimise their impact. There are now more exotic plants growing wild in New Zealand than native plants. Many of these are threatening our regions parks and reserves, and others are invading our productive land. This role is fixed term for 12 months.

About Greater Wellington:

There's a lot more to us than meets the eye. Here at Greater Wellington Regional Council, we're working on the big things that will impact everyone in our region. Ensuring we have uninterrupted access to drinking water, staying safe from the threat of flooding, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring we are all connected through our public transport network and planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region. We're people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do, because we believe what we do counts.

About the role:

The Biosecurity Officer Pest Plants will be required to undertake functions as described in Greater Wellington’s Regional Pest Management Plan and other related duties, with a particular focus on implementing and managing a survey and control programme for pest plants throughout the region. There will be regular contact with the public, land occupiers, and various organisations. More information on GW’s Pest Plant work can be found here

The person we are seeking will have:

  • Level 4 of the National Certificate of Pest Plant Control (or able to obtain it), or a relevant tertiary qualification in botany, ecology or similar discipline, or proven competence and training in pest plant management

  • Working experience in the field of pest plant management.

  • Strong skills in plant monitoring and assessment techniques

  • Hold “Registered Chemical Applicator” certification or be prepared to obtain it.

  • Good public relations skills and ability to work with a wide range of individuals and organisations

  • Good Microsoft and Arc GIS experience and competency

  • Strong team work ethic but also an ability to work as an individual

You will need to be self-motivated, have a good level of physical fitness and be able to work in an outdoor environment. Current full licence to drive a car is essential (quad riding experience would be an advantage).

To view the job description and to apply for this position with a cover letter and CV, please click on the “Apply” link.

For further information on the role contact Mark McAlpine, Team Leader Pest Plants on 021 576 502.  

Applications close: Friday, 23 April 2021.

Due to current border restrictions from the New Zealand Government we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are a New Zealand Citizen/Resident or who have already secured the right to work in New Zealand and hold a valid visa. For further information, please visit

Apply Now

Fixed Term Full Time

Job no: DHAJ147681

Location: Masterton

Closing Date: Friday, 23 April 2021