Force Health Protection Officer

New Zealand Defence Force

Opens: 16/08/2018
Closes: 21/09/2018




“An exciting opportunity exists to be part of the planning, co-ordination, and development of the wider New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Force Health Protection program.”

 The Role

As a Force Health Protection Officer (also referred to as an Environmental Health Officer) you will be employed to advise on planning, coordinating and implementing control measures designed to minimise the adverse health impact of the environment and the workplace on our people at home and overseas.


The RNZAF EHO is a multi-disciplinary role that provides equal weighting to public/environmental health and occupational/environmental hygiene.

 Job on Base

When not overseas, you will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary health and safety team. Your work will include but not be limited to conducting; public health assessments, occupational hygiene assessments, environmental health training courses and assisting with biosecurity arrangements and border health controls.

 Job on Deployment

You will deploy in support of New Zealand Defence military operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief both within New Zealand and overseas. Your role will be to conduct comprehensive health threat assessments, assist with setting up temporary camps, and provide specialist advice on a wide range of public/environmental and occupational health and safety hazards.

In most cases Force Health Protection Officers are required to carry out their duties with minimum professional supervision, although they may be co-located or working with environmental health personnel from the NZ Army or other overseas military forces.

The RNZAF Safety and Health Workforce

You will be part of a five person workforce that is located with an RNZAF aviation health and safety team. You will also have a close working relationship with health and safety staff from the NZ Army and RNZN.

Your working location is RNZAF Base Auckland which is physically located at Whenuapai.

Educational Requirements

Candidates should have qualified or be near completion of the Grad Dip EH and/or BHlthSc (EH), or other recognised qualification under the Environmental Health Officer (Qualifications) Regulations 1993.  Ideally you will have had some recent applied work experience with a local authority or district health board. Other tertiary qualifications in occupational health and safety and or occupational hygiene are desirable.

Career Progression

Following initial officer training, you will undertake approximately two years of ongoing core military health and safety training that is likely to start with an attachment to a United States military training provider. Military health and safety training and education is provided throughout your career.

To apply or find out more information on life in the Defence Force, roles and intake information, visit the Defence Careers website.

Call to speak to an advisor: 08001Force


Facebook: @NZDFDefenceCareers

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