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Health Protection Officer | Timaru

Full time
Expires in: EXPIRED
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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

  • Permanent full-time opportunity (40hr per week) based in Timaru
  • Join a large team who are passionate about making a difference in our community
  • Play a crucial role in the effective functioning of the team
  • PSA Allied & Public Health step 1-8$70,042 - $103,000 depending on experience with increases coming soon!

Mō te tūnga | About the Role

Te Mana Ora, part of the National Public Health Service, provides public health services to people living throughout Canterbury and the West Coast. This role forms part of our Timaru based Health Protection Team.  The team is involved in a broad range of environmental and communicable disease issues, alcohol harm reduction and emergency planning.

We are seeking a motivated person who is either currently qualified as a Health Protection Officer or is currently training and studying to become a Health Protection Officer. This is an exciting career where you will find yourself being part of our large regional Protection Team and involved in regulatory work, monitoring, communicable disease investigation, border Biosecurity, and emergency preparedness. 

In this role (once you are designated), you are required to be on the on-call roster. It would be highly desirable if you have experience self-managing complex and challenging interactions with people.

Ko wai koe | About You

You preferably will have previously been designated as a Health Protection Officer by the Ministry of Health and have retained the competencies such that designation could be reinstated on appointment. Applicants with an appropriate undergraduate qualification or a partly completed postgraduate diploma in environmental health science may be considered for appointment as a trainee.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and Experience

 Required skills or experience for the role:

  • Ability to manage diverse tasks
  • Work within tight timeframes and deadlines
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong sense of initiative in a practical manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to create effective working relationships at all levels is essential
  • Current full NZ driver - s licence
  • Relevant qualifications and experience in compliance, public health, or a related field
  • Strong understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and working bi culturally with commitment to equity


Mō mātou | About Us

- Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi - Putting people at the heart of all we do -

Health New Zealand |Te Whatu Ora,  leads the day-to-day running of our health system across New Zealand, with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels. It weaves the functions of the 20 former District Health Boards into its regional divisions and district offices, ensuring continuity of services in the health system.

Here in Waitaha, Canterbury we deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles by ensuring our partnership with Māori are at the forefront of all our conversations.

Ngā hua | Benefits of working at Health New Zealand

When you work at Health New Zealand, you are part of a wider whānau that will support you along your journey. We offer great coaching, mentoring and learning outcomes for all staff. We are always improving our facilities across all campuses and have amazing discounts from select retailers, restaurants and business.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted, therefore apply directly on our career site here. For additional information about this role please contact Alex Jay, Recruitment Partner on

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