Biosecurity Intelligence Analyst Ministry for Primary Industries I Manatū Ahu Matua - Wellington

Closing Date: August 4, 2021

Ministry for Primary Industries I Manatū Ahu Matua
Biosecurity Intelligence Analyst
(Ref: MPI21/1550471)
Permanent, Full-Time


  • Are you an innovative scientist or social scientist with strong critical thinking skills?
  • Can you think strategically, seeing the bigger picture and looking ahead?
  • Would you enjoy a role that can really make a difference to New Zealand’s environment, economy and way of life?

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

Biosecurity intelligence is an emerging discipline that integrates science with the analysis of the human behaviours that influence the global spread of pests and diseases. MPI’s Biosecurity Intelligence team is responsible for providing operational and strategic biosecurity intelligence to decision makers. The team operate an early warning system by monitoring offshore biosecurity threats and issuing timely warnings of developing or changing threats.

The Biosecurity Intelligence Analysts (BIAs) within the team come from a variety of backgrounds and work collaboratively to fuse their collective understanding of science and humanities with intelligence frameworks and methodologies. Each BIA develops an in-depth understanding of aspects of the global biosecurity threat environment and the ability to understand what alterations in that environment may mean for New Zealand. This understanding is then communicated to decision makers within the biosecurity system through written products or verbal briefings.

Mōu – About You

As the successful applicant you’ll hold a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline of life science, social science or intelligence. Relevant disciplines include epidemiology, entomology, aquatic health, ecology, plant or veterinary pathology, microbiology, molecular biology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, human geography or strategic intelligence.

You’ll have had experience planning, leading and successfully delivering research or assessments. You’ll be skilled in working collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines and you’ll enjoy developing and maintaining networks with the wider government, academic and intelligence communities. You will be comfortable working with ambiguity and able to readily adapt to changing requirements. Previous intelligence experience is desirable but not essential, training in intelligence techniques and tradecraft will be provided as part of the role.

Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: – Benefits of working at MPI

New offices close to Railway Station Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation Wellness benefit for employees Study assistance may be available Flexible working. We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

If you have any questions about the role, please email

Applications close on Wednesday 4 August 2021.