Do you meet the basic qualifications to become a Quarantine Officer?

NZ Citizen / Permanent Resident

You must be a New Zealand Citizen or a New Zealand Permanent Resident to apply for these roles, and have a current passport. We will need to view this if you are invited to attend an assessment centre.

Due to the nature of these roles, we will NOT be able to consider candidates who do not have NZ Citizenship or Permanent Residency for a Quarantine Officer position.

Salary and Allowances

The starting base salary for our Quarantine Officer role is $56,179. There are further shift, on-call and overtime payments and allowances, including uniform laundering and a mobile phone, which are paid on top of the base salary. You will then move through progressional salary steps as you complete various levels of training and gain experience in various areas of the role.

Ministry of Justice / Criminal Convictions Checks

You must clear a full Ministry of Justice and Police Check during the recruitment process to then be offered a Quarantine Officer role. You will need to supply TWO forms of photo identification if you are invited to attend an assessment centre.

Training Programme

There will be two weeks residential training upon joining MPI as a Quarantine Officer – location to be confirmed. Please note, this may require you to be away from home for two weeks.

Further information to be provided should you be successful during the recruitment process.

Shifts and Rosters at Our Locations

We have various worksites in our main regions. You will be assigned a roster pattern which varies from site to site, so you must be comfortable with shift work and enjoy the variety it brings.

Auckland - Currently recruiting in this location.

The Auckland region has a number of sites including air cargo, mail centre, Auckland International Airport and the Port of Auckland. Our Quarantine Officers are responsible for ensuring our borders are protected and will work across a range of sites in the region.

Wellington  - Not currently recruiting in this location.

Our Wellington team is responsible for craft, passenger and cargo clearance activities within the central region. Wellington operates two worksites simultaneously - you will find staff working in either the cargo/shipping pathway or the airport/passenger pathway.

Christchurch and Queenstown – Not currently recruiting in these locations.

Our Christchurch team is responsible for the clearance of passengers, cargo, cruise ships and live animals into Christchurch. The team operates from our main office and Christchurch International Airport, as well as various Transitional Facilities within the region.

The Queenstown team, based at the Queenstown Airport, are busy during the main seasons clearing passengers who are here to enjoy our tourist activities.

Current Drivers Licence

You must have a current, full drivers licence and be able to confidently drive a manual vehicle.

Uniform Requirement

You will be issued with a full uniform and steel cap boots to wear as a Quarantine Officer, so you must be comfortable wearing a uniform and laundering it as necessary.

Eye Test – Full Colour Vision

You will need full colour vision and as part of the recruitment process you will need to provide proof of this by way of letter from an optometrist confirming you have had an Ishihara Colour Test.

You may consult with any optician, ophthalmologist, or primary care provider to perform this test and these results will be requested from you if you are asked to participate in the assessment centre.

Physical Components of the Role

No two days are the same as a Quarantine Officer. You could be lifting, standing, walking or crawling into confined spaces, so you need to be comfortable with the physical components of this role.

We also come across all sorts of things in our jobs, so if you have an aversion to bugs, spiders or dogs, it might not be the role for you!


Thanks for your interest. Applications have now closed.


What can I expect when I apply?

To apply you will need to complete an online questionnaire, attach your cover letter and current CV. This will take approximately 45 minutes to do.

Once we have reviewed all applications, you may be contacted to complete an online interview followed by a telephone discussion. Following this suitable candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre, which will be a full-day commitment which will begin week commencing Monday 1st July 2019.

Our assessment centres give you lots of information about MPI, the role, the team and what to expect. You will also be required to complete some paperwork, supply copies of all your relevant documentation, have an interview and undergo a range of job-related simulation exercises.

Following the assessment centre, we conduct references, background checking and psychometric assessments.

We wish you all the best and look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for your interest. Applications have now closed.