Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer

Interested in a busy and varied role within an organization dedicated to helping our communities?

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is looking for a self-motivated, problem solver to join our team as a Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer (DPRFO) in Southland.

This position offers:

  • Fixed Term until 30 June 2021
  • Opportunity to work for a community focused organisation
  • A unique and enjoyable working environment where you will play a critical role

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017. The role of our organization is to reduce unwanted fires, respond to structural and vegetation fires and other emergencies including motor vehicle crashes, medical emergencies, hazardous substance related incidents, natural disasters and support increased community resilience.

This is a fixed term opportunity based in the Southland area.  Reporting to the Principal Rural Fire Officer, the DPRFO will hold a portfolio responsibility for supporting volunteer brigades, managing the maintenance, testing and preparation of resources and equipment for the area, to ensure a constant state of readiness. A focus of this position is assisting with fire permitting so appropriate experience is advantageous.

In addition to the specific portfolio responsibility detailed above, you will also be involved in supporting reduction programmes designed to reduce the risk of rural wildfires, supporting response systems and incident management teams for rural fire emergencies and supporting recovery programmes including ensuring that any requirements relating to post incident reporting, analysis and other recovery policies are carried out will also form part of the role.

The ideal applicant will…

  • Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Have an understanding of volunteering and the best approaches to engaging volunteers
  • Have a background in rural fire response and fire management
  • Possess an ability to programme work and resources to meet objectives
  • Have experience in a mechanical and/or engineering environment

So if you’re looking for chance to put your diverse skill set to use in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities, then we’ll provide you with a unique opportunity to utilise your knowledge within a supportive team.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please download an application form here and position description here. For more information about this role please email:

Send your completed application form along with supporting documents no later than 5pm Monday 1 March 2021 to

Applications close: 1 March 2021