Careers at TAIC

Photo montage - TAIC investigators on site
TAIC investigators on site

Accident investigation is a highly specialised and time critical task involving expertise in a wide range of disciplines – and skilled accident investigators are pivotal to the Commission's successful performance.

We advertise staff vacancies on this page and on a number of other sites relevant to the positions required.

In general, key competencies and capabilities for accident investigation include:

  • strong problem solving skills
  • an ability to anticipate and identify risks/issues and identify possible solutions
  • strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal)
  • being skilled at developing logically sound arguments
  • analytical with very strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • project management skills
  • emotional and psychological maturity to handle stressful and emotionally difficult situations
  • diplomacy, tact and the ability to relate to a wide range of people.

While a relevant investigative qualification is desirable, specialist training is provided.

A typical job description for a Transport Accident Investigation Commission Investigator is available at right in the Document downloads box.

Only people with the right to work in New Zealand may apply. For advice on obtaining a New Zealand work or residence visa visit

5 October 2020

TAIC has two open vacancies

Rail Investigator

We're seeking a rail expert to join this highly skilled team, based in central Wellington offices. For this role, our ideal applicant will be degree qualified and or have a significant civil and track engineering background, or traction and rolling stock experience within the rail industry. In addition, you'll bring with you knowledge of wheel/rail interface; and experience in derailment analysis.


Marine Investigator

We're keen to hear from you if you have sea going experience as a Master Mariner on a SOLAS class vessel. Alternatively, you might be an experienced chief officer with over five years' experience in: ship handling or pilotage activity; and/or as nautical surveyor of ICAS Classification Societies or as a Flag State Inspector; and/or safety, compliance, or risk management within the marine industry.