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:

  • Excellent communication skills – and be able to write to a high standard
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Analytical capability, with very strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • An innate ability to think logically, anticipate risk, and identify solutions
  • Proven project management skills 
  • Outstanding relationship management skills
  • Energy and vigour, balanced with diplomacy and tact.

Given the nature of this work, you must be medically and physically fit, and be able to handle stressful and emotionally difficult circumstances. 

While relevant investigative qualifications are desirable, the successful candidate will undergo extensive, world class specialised training in accident investigation. This is part of the supportive and development focused environment at TAIC. A typical job description for a Transport Accident Investigation Commission Investigator is available at right in the Document downloads box.

All positions are based in Wellington New Zealand.

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


23 February 2021

TAIC has two open employment vacancies:


Air Investigator

  • Continue your air safety career
  • Apply your flying expertise 
  • Central Wellington location 

Highly skilled accident investigators are pivotal to the Commission’s successful performance. 

We’re seeking an experienced commercial pilot to join the team as an Air Investigator. It’s likely you’ll have the following experience:

  • Around ten years of commercial flying experience,
  • Demonstrable experience or interest in air safety.
  • Investigation reporting and evidence analysis experience.

For further information please contact Jacaleen Williams at people&co on (04) 931 9450, quoting job number 19631.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 15 March 2021.



26 February

Marine Investigator

  • Are you a Master Mariner?
  • Marine surveying, piloting, or portage experience? 
  • Safety and investigation experience?

To complement the team, we’re now seeking an experienced mariner to join the team as a Marine Investigator.

  • We’re particularly keen to hear from you if you have very recent sea-going experience as a Master Mariner on a SOLAS class vessel
  • Alternatively, you might have five plus years’ recent experience as a Chief Officer. 
  • With an unpredictable workload, you’ll need to be agile, positive, resilient and a true self starter.
  • In addition you must have:
    • Excellent written communication skills in order to produce Commission quality reports
    • Strong problem solving skills
    • Strong analytical skills with very high attention to detail 
    • Project management skills
    • Outstanding relationship management skills and the ability to hold credibility and communicate positively at all levels.
    • Very importantly, you will be able to clearly demonstrate experience or an avid interest in maritime safety that is beyond your job requirements. 

For further information please contact Jacaleen Williams at people&co on (04) 931 9450, quoting job number 19508.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 14 March 2021.