AFB PMP Opportunities Available

Board Vacancies & AP2 Roles available

AFB PMP Management Board Vacancy

The Management Agency Board is committed to AFB elimination. This contagious and lethal disease is a major threat to New Zealand’s beekeeping. Since 2016, the Board has led a series of important changes. Those changes have enhanced the capability and capacity of The Management Agency so that it can better support beekeepers to reduce the incidence of AFB in New Zealand.  

We believe a diverse Board is one that can provide the right guidance for the future of the Management Agency. As such, we are seeking to appoint two new Board members who bring significant commercial beekeeping experience. The role is remunerated and is not location specific; the board meets 4 –5 times per year.  

This is your opportunity to be appointed to the AFB PMP Management Agency Board responsible for eliminating clinical AFB in Aotearoa’s managed beehives.  

Who we are looking for:  

The role is suited to someone with significant experience in the beekeeping industry, who can champion the elimination of AFB and provide governance oversight while ensuring that the Agency delivers value to beekeepers.  

The ideal appointee will have:  

  • Significant experience in the beekeeping industry on a commercial level. 
  • Strong financial/accounting and or legal skills 
  • History of full compliance with the AFB PMP, credentials, and reputation in the beekeeping industry. 
  • Strong relationship skills and the ability to engage positively with other board members. 
  • Proven governance experience and a clear understanding of governance policy and processes. 
  • Successful experience designing and running large-scale beekeeping production systems where effective AFB elimination is a natural outcome. 
  • Strong strategic thinking and the ability to contribute to operational solutions. 
  • No conflict of interest, ie. a contracted service provider. 
  • A willingness to champion change in a fast-moving and dynamic industry. 

The AFB PMP Management Board will, as part of the appointment process, contract an independent recruitment consultant who will screen all applicants before making an interim recommendation for consideration.

How to apply: 

Applicants will be required to submit a CV, a cover letter, and references to either: [email protected]  or by post to PO Box 88, Rolleston 7643.  

A copy of the role description can be found here. 

Further information and reference to the relevant AFB PMP Governance Policy can be found here: Policy-012-Governance Document  

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Sunday 12 May 2024.

Inspector (AP2) Contracts Available 

  • Do you have experience recognising American foulbrood (AFB) in the field?  
  • Do you have a history of compliance with National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan (NPMP) rules?  
  • Do you want to help fellow beekeepers to eliminate AFB?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all three questions and you’d like to be part of the professional team that monitors compliance with NPMP rules and assists the Management Agency with enforcement actions in your region, this could be your opportunity to contribute to AFB elimination in New Zealand.

The Management Agency is seeking to contract additional Inspectors (AP2s) available to work a minimum of 12 full days per year. 

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate both their knowledge and experience of AFB inspection and elimination, and their ability to work with beekeepers to improve their AFB control practices.

Successful applicants will also be required to meet the Ministry for Primary Industries’ criteria for issuing Authorised Person warrants prior to appointment. This includes a criminal conviction check by the New Zealand Police.

A copy of the role description can be found here.

Application instructions can be found here.

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

Completed applications should be submitted to [email protected]

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Sunday 12 May 2024.

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