Environmental Health Officer

As an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in the NZ Army you will provide Environmental Health advice and support to NZ Army forces and other associated organisations during training and operations. This will involve improving the operational efficiency and effectiveness of NZ Army by assisting in the reduction of preventable illness and injury during training and operations.

The advice and support you will be required to provide will be diverse and could incorporate any of the following areas:

  • Operational EH planning
  • EH intelligence development
  • Health threat assessment
  • Occupational hygiene assessments
  • Operational hazmat
  • Pest management and control processes
  • Waste disposal for military operations
  • Analysis of water quality
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Food safety assessment

In many situations you will work closely with other military medical personnel as part of a Medical Team which at times you will be called upon to lead.

You will be required to provide advice and support in a number of areas including:

  • Identifying measures to minimise Army manpower loss through preventable illness and non-battle injury during operations and training
  • Monitoring of Army Environmental Health standards through inspections of all Army facilities
  • Providing Environmental Health training and awareness to the NZ Army.
  • Liaising with the Defence Health Intelligence Officer to prepare operational guidance notes which are task or mission specific.
  • Providing as necessary Environmental Health expertise to assist in investigations and courts of enquiry that involve incidents of serious harm or death.
  • Preparing and reviewing military and civilian documentation that relates to Environmental Health/Preventive Medicine matters.

If you have referred to the minimum requirements below but would like more information on this role please email specialists@defencecareers.mil.nz

Your initial remuneration will be based on previous experience and skill level. This is negotiated on a case by case basis. As your career continues, remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.
  • A BHlthSc(EH) or BAppSci (Health Protection), Grad Dip EHSci (older terminology called RSH Dip Pub Hlth Insp) is required.
  • Any recognised qualification under the EHO (Qualifications) Regulations 1993 or a recognised overseas equivalent.
  • Ideally you will have two years post graduate experience in the field of Environmental Health (Less time can be considered on a case by case basis).
  • A working knowledge of Environmental Health and resource management related legislation is required.
  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.


Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do a six week specialist officer military training course to teach you the basics of being in the Army. The course is designed to assist you in your integration into the Army and although it is challenging, it’s specifically catered for specialist officers. You will be taught the basics including:

  •     Navigation
  •     Weapon handling
  •     Leadership
  •     Drill and barrack routine
  •     Living in the field
  •     Army Ethos and Values

There are opportunities to further your professional development and tertiary study. After initial employment and training, the NZ Army will provide funding and study leave for EHO to complete further professional study for a number of different courses including:

  • Post graduate study in an approved area of specialty
  • International military and civilian courses
  • Civilian Environmental Health short courses