Becoming a dog handler

Dog handlers work with detector dogs at New Zealand's ports of entry to find biosecurity risk items that aren't allowed into the country.

Entry criteria

To become a dog handler, you must be a fully qualified quarantine officer. Search for vacancies in the MPI Careers Centre and read the position description to find out what's involved.

Read a quarantine officer/dog handler position description [PDF, 324 KB]

Visit the MPI Careers Centre to check for vacancies

Dog handlers work at busy ports

Detector dog teams work in rotational shifts at all international ports of entry, for example at:

  • international airports
  • ports
  • the International Mail Centre in Auckland
  • international cargo companies
  • cruise ships arriving from overseas.

Find out more

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About the Detector Dog Programme

How the biosecurity system works

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