Safety and Wellbeing Adviser - MPI

Reporting to the Safety & Wellbeing Manager, the Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for a Safety & Wellbeing Advisor to join the team and provide safety and wellbeing advice specific to Observer Services.

This is a secondment opportunity based in Wellington until the end of June.

About this business

Fisheries New Zealand is a new business unit established within MPI to drive a stronger focus on managing New Zealand's valuable fisheries resources, and their place in the wider marine environment. Observer collected data and information is a critical input for management.

Observer Services place Observers on commercial fishing vessels to collect independent, reliable catch effort data, biological information and other information relevant to the operation of the Quota Management System. Observers will often be working in hazardous and arduous conditions.  Long hours, rough seas, extended periods at sea, and living in a foreign culture are all part of the Observers' experience.


The Safety & Wellbeing Adviser Observer Services provides safety and wellbeing advice specific to Observer Services, works with the Safety and Wellbeing Team, and develops and implements effective safety and wellness practices in agreed areas to ensure legislative compliance and leading safety and wellbeing practice at MPI. This requires the development of collaborative working relationships with the Learning & Development Team, HR, Observer Services and external providers.

The ideal candidate

You will be someone who has energy, passion and ideas. You will have extensive H&S experience and knowledge and an understanding of Health & Safety requirements when working on sites controlled by another PCBU. Your excellent communication skills and strong ability to carry a discussion and lead engagement will be of benefit when implementing best practice health & safety procedures. You will be a person of exceptional character who can stand up as a role model to others with pride and confidence that comes from their own mana and a belief in MPI.

You will have a natural ability to solve problems, derive solutions and deliver success. You will need a sense of humour and while taking the role seriously not forget the realities of engagement. You will have tenacity and a personality that doesn't give up or get beaten down.

To Apply

View the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae). For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Melissa Heaney –

Applications close: Sunday 9 December