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Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

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Auckland Wellington

Things to consider
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As part of the online application, please attach the following documentation:

  • CV – Tell us about your academic experience and work history, volunteer and community work, sport, languages, travel, and hobbies. Please ensure that your educational experience is at the top of your CV and clearly outline your field(s) of study, and when you graduated (or when your anticipated graduation date will be).
  • Cover Letter – Tell us about your motivation for joining the Graduate Development Programme and why you’d like to work for the Ministry for Primary Industries.
  • Academic Transcript – An official transcript must be attached to support your application. If you do not have an official transcript yet), you may provide an unofficial transcript from your university, noting that an official transcript must be provided once it is available.

Process After the Application

As part of the online application, please attach the following documentation:

  • Online applications
    Once applications close we will carefully review each application and supporting documentation, and advise candidates on whether or not they will be progressing to the next phase.
  • Video interview
    Candidates who progress on to the next stage of the recruitment phase will participate in a video interview. This video interview will include some brief questions about you and your interest in working for us.
  • Written exercise
    The next step is a written exercise which candidates will be emailed and have one hour to complete at a time of their choice.
  • Cognitive assessment
    Following the video interview and written exercise, candidates who will be progressed to the next stage will participate in a cognitive assessment. This assessment is conducted online.
  • Assessment center
    Candidates who progress to the next stage will be invited to attend our one-day Assessment Centre. Please note that due to a candidate’s involvement in group exercises, individual participation and face-to-face interviewing, attendance at the Assessment Centre is compulsory in order to be considered for a place in the programme. This Assessment Centre will take place in Wellington. Applicants who live outside of the Wellington region will be assisted with travel.
  • Offers
    Once all of these assessments are completed, a decision will be made as to which candidates to progress to offer stage. Our Programme commences in mid-January – and all candidates must be available for full-time work at that time.

Throughout this process, we will be in communication with all candidates, both successful and unsuccessful. We are here to support you and enable you to put your best forward in all phases of the Programme.

Due to issues we’ve been having with some email providers incorrectly identifying email communication from us as “junk”, “spam”, or “clutter”, please check those folders regularly for emails from us.

If you have any questions, please email