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Workers wanted

Primary industries and their support sector will need another 271,000 skilled workers in the next decade to achieve the goal of doubling exports by 2025. A report by the Primary Industries Ministry, DairyNZ, and Beef + Lamb New Zealand said the primary industries and support sectors would need to add 48,100 to the payroll in the next 10 years and ... Read More »

Nathan Guy – Minister for Primary Industries

“The primary industries are the powerhouse of our economy generating around $35 billion a year in exports. They need skilled workers to keep driving New Zealand forward. There is an incredible range of careers available using all kinds of skills – from practical jobs outdoors right through to IT, finance and science. By 2025 it’s estimated we’ll need another 50,000 ... Read More »

Richard Lynch – Principal adviser, Ministry for Primary Industries

“Whatever your interests are there is a career for you in the primary industries. Our sectors are incredibly diverse and include arable, dairy, forestry, horticulture, meat and wool, and the seafood industries and cover everything from production to international marketing. If you want to be involved in addressing critical issues for the planet such as food security or environmental sustainability, ... Read More »

Students primed for EPIC adventure

The EPIC challenge of promoting careers in the primary industries was launched at Kapiti College last week by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. EPIC – Enterprising Primary Industry Careers – is a Young Enterprise Trust scheme. It has stemmed from the need to attract young talent in the next 10 years to help reach the Government’s target of doubling primary-sector ... Read More »

Kieran Patchell – MPI Graduate Development Programme

Name – Kieran Patchell Age – 23 Qualification(s) – BSc – genetics, BA – anthropology Job possibilities – The job possibilities I had out of university were quite broad because of the dual areas of study. Science funding in New Zealand is often directed to Ag business and so this area was one of the key career options I considered upon graduating. Employer – Ministry for ... Read More »

Oriana Brine – Adviser

Name – Oriana Brine Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Science (double major in biology and chemistry) – University of Waikato, Postgraduate Diploma in Science (biosecurity and conservation) – University of Auckland, Master of Science (marine science) – University of Auckland. Job possibilities – When I was introduced to biosecurity in my postgraduate diploma I knew I wanted to work at MPI; I wanted to be at ... Read More »

Sean Bates – Graduate advisor

Name – Sean Bates Age – 21 Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Science majoring in ecology and biodiversity and environmental science. Job possibilities – Technical scientific role; advisory role with industry or governmental organisations, conservation, local government, consultation. Employer – Ministry for Primary Industries Pay range for first two years – $45-$49,999 Pay range, 3-5 years – $50-54,999 What I like about this job – It’s varied- anything can ... Read More »

Adam Van Opzeeland – MPI graduate development programme

Name – Adam Van Opzeeland Age – 25 Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Science (biological sciences), Bachelor of Science with Honours (zoology), Master of Environmental Management (sustainable development). Job possibilities – Private sector consultancy, sustainability adviser, environmental officer. Huge array of positions at various public sector government departments, national and international non-governmental organisations: conservation, sustainability. Employer – Ministry for Primary Industries Pay range for first two years – $40-44,999 ... Read More »

Erin Maher – Ministry for Primary Industries

Ask anyone who works in the primary sectors and they’ll tell you how important biosecurity standards are. Erin Maher is one of those people charged with keeping our country free from unwanted pests and diseases. The 23-year-old is part of the animal imports and exports group at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Specifically looking after llamas, alpacas and horses ... Read More »