Biosecurity Officer Āpiha Ao Koiora

Biosecurity officers check areas of land for harmful animals or plants and arrange for, or help with, pest destruction and control.

Biosecurity officers may do some or all of the following:

  • inspect and monitor plants, land and water for pests
  • advise landowners to destroy pests and check that they comply with their legal obligations
  • remove and destroy pests, or arrange for them to be removed and destroyed by pest control technicians
  • gather data from experimental eradication projects
  • educate the public about animal and plant pests and how to control them
  • prepare reports or charges against any breaches of the Biosecurity Act
  • manage pest eradication and restoration projects – for example, planting native plants along a river's edge
  • writing and implementing new policy such as national and regional pest management plans.

Physical Requirements

Biosecurity officers need to be reasonably fit and healthy as they often have to work outdoors and walk long distances checking traps at night and in all weather conditions.  

Useful Experience

Useful experience for biosecurity officers includes:

  • farm work
  • plant nursery work
  • work with animals
  • conservation work
  • laboratory or scientific work
  • work involving contact with the public
  • work handling pesticides and chemicals.

Personal Qualities

Biosecurity officers need to be:

  • observant, reliable and responsible
  • tactful, firm and calm
  • skilled communicators and negotiators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for biosecurity officers includes:

  • farm work
  • plant nursery work
  • work with animals
  • conservation work
  • laboratory or scientific work
  • work involving contact with the public
  • work handling pesticides and chemicals.

Biosecurity Officers can earn around $50K-$60K per year per year.

With experience, council biosecurity officers can move into:

  • team leader or senior management roles
  • policy roles
  • private consultancy positions.

They may also set up their own pest control businesses.

Biosecurity Officer

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