As a Radiographer in the New Zealand Army you will function and interface with multidisciplinary medical personnel in both civilian base hospital and military field hospital environments.

You will work as part of the Army Role 2 Enhanced (R2E) functioning and interacting with a small, multi skilled, emergency focused team specifically prepared to work in mobile tented surgical scenarios or on board the new surgical facility on HMNZS CANTERBURY, often in austere and hostile environments, under military operational conditions.

The Army primarily only requires plain film diagnostic imaging. However, the Army will from time to time require advice on other Radiographic specialties, and will make provision for Radiographers to remain proficient in their primary role as well as other Radiographic specialties by allowing training time in civilian hospitals.

You will be trained on how to perform FAST scanning and other basic ultrasound procedures, using a portable ultrasound unit.

As an Officer within the medical environment you will not only be responsible for the provision of operational medical imaging but also contributing to:

  • Maintain the equipment in a fashion that allows for its deployment within the units response times, maintaining the equipment while on deployment and ensuring refurbishment of equipment on return.
  • Ensuring a detailed quality assurance/control system is implemented and followed.
  • Training Nursing Officers and Medics in Radiography techniques as required.  
  • Maintaining effective communication with key internal and external NZ Army Staff.

On deployment you will be responsible to provide diagnostic imaging both plain films and ultrasound to all areas of the R2E such as Resus, the Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Unit and all wards. The R2E deploys with only two radiographers so as such you will be on call 24 hours a day.

As a Radiographer Officer in the NZ Army, you will be able to take your existing skills to the next level. The comprehensive training you will receive as an Officer will allow you to lead teams of people, in all kinds of situations.

If you have referred to the minimum requirements below but would like more information on this role please email

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.

You are required to be currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Imaging Technologist Board and be in possession of annual practicing certificate.

You must hold a current resuscitation qualification, as per New Zealand Resuscitation Council guidelines. This will be at a minimum standard of level 5.

Ideally you will have two years post graduate experience with a trauma focus.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

Once you have accepted an Offer of Service you will be given the opportunity to attend the seven week Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) held at Woodbourne base in January each year.

This is the NZDF officer basic training course for all potential Officers which covers:

  • Drill and barrack routine
  • Weapons training
  • Living in the field environment
  • Leadership
  • Navigation
  • Communications training

On going clinical training will be conducted at Palmerston North Hospital in order to maintain your Annual Practicing Certificate (APC).

You will be trained on all diagnostic imaging equipment that is currently used with the NZ Army.

You will also attend an Ultrasound Fast Track course (Gold Coast, Australia) where you be introduced to FAST scanning and peripheral line insertion to name few uses of the portable ultrasound machine.

You will be based at Linton Military Camp.