Biosecurity Officer (Predator Free) – Northland Regional Council – Whangarei, Northland

  • Fixed Term
  • Whangarei
  • 09/12/2023

Website Northland Regional Council

  • Generous leave allowance
  • Flexi work arrangements
  • Supportive and fun environment

We are carers for Northland’s environment and community. Are you one of us?

A few things you should know about Northland Regional Council…  

Our work is ultimately about working together to care for our region’s incredible environment and many communities, matching our skills and resources with the vision and aspirations of our people.

From healthy waters, protecting our native taonga, developing meaningful relationships with tangata whenua, to creating resilient and adaptable communities in a changing climate. Here at the Northland Regional Council your work makes a difference to our community.

Toitū te whenua, toitū te moana, toitū te tangata. If the land is well, if the sea is well, the people will thrive. 

The opportunity awaits…

Join our expanding team of dedicated Field Officers as we push to our goal of being possum free across Whangārei Heads peninsula by June 2025.  Become a hands-on ambassador for this nationally significant kaupapa. This position is fixed-term through to the end of June 2025.

This work will involve working in partnership with hapū/whanau, community, and other agencies and organisations. By joining our team you’ll be able to build on your existing predator control or eradication experience and learn new skills managing remote reporting systems, using intensive monitoring to demonstrate proof of freedom, setting up a defensive barrier and collecting DNA samples.  Some public holiday and weekend work will be required on a rostered basis.

Do you have what it takes?

We are looking for someone who can bring the following to our diverse talent pool:

  • Experience in hands-on field delivery work
  • 2 plus years in a role of relevance preferred
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • An understanding of tikanga Māori preferred
  • Full drivers licence.

A relevant degree qualification in a relevant discipline (biosecurity, pest management, farming or horticulture) would be an advantage.

We don’t just want someone that CAN do the job, we want someone who has the DRIVE to do a GREAT job and has a passion for what our organisation and values stand for. That’s why at NRC, we understand that sometimes the right person doesn’t ‘tick all the boxes’. If you don’t fit the mould exactly, but truly believe you can help, then tell us. We’ll consider it.

What’s in it for you?

Just as you care about your community and environment, NRC cares about you and we are committed to the wellbeing of our people.  Our team has grown a lot over the years, but our small organisation culture is still here. We celebrate our efforts as a team and recognise every individual for their contribution and dedication to their mahi.

We understand the importance of flexibility, so we’re committed to alternative working arrangements for our people. We have a range of flexible work arrangements that we can consider to suit the varied lifestyles of our people.

What’s next?

The work we do really makes a difference and if you are someone who is motivated to contribute to the management of Northland’s environment, please apply online at:

Want to have a kōrero with us first or just need more information? If so, contact our Predator Free Manager, Oliver Hopwood ( today.

If you would like a copy of the Job Description, please email

Applications close Saturday, 9 December 2023.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency/citizenship or valid NZ work visa.


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