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


Current vacancy: Air Investigator                             

4 November 2022 - applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

We have an opportunity for an aviation expert to join the highly skilled team of air investigators in this central Wellington team. 

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

The organisation 

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) investigates significant aviation, rail, and marine accidents and incidents with a view to avoiding similar occurrences in the future. The commission has set a visionary goal of “No Repeat Accidents – Ever!”

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

About the role 

As an Air Investigator you will provide high quality and timely accident investigation services – from deployment at accident sites, evidence gathering and analysis, through to writing and presenting findings and safety recommendations to the Commission – to advance sector safety and the avoidance of repeat accidents. 

Skills and experience 

To be successful in this role you will bring a very broad set of skills, which includes subject matter expertise, the ability to think analytically, critically, and problem solve, and given the work of the Commission, a high level of writing ability that should not be underestimated. Ideally, you’ll have accident investigation experience. 


  • commercial multi engine pilot experience – preferably around 10 years
  • strong analytical and critical thinking skills 
  • very strong attention to detail and accuracy in a technical and written environment
  • excellent plain English writing skills 
  • proven time management skills and the ability to constantly meet deadlines
  • excellent relationship management skills
  • proven air safety interest and exposure
  • investigative qualifications or experience
  • energy and vigour, balanced with diplomacy, professionalism and tact.  
  • Given the nature of this work, you must be medically and physically fit, with the psychological maturity to handle stressful and emotionally difficult circumstances. 

The Benefits for you

In return, you can further your accident investigation career in a supportive and development focused environment that includes:

  • excellent personal development via international world class training courses
  • a new wellbeing programme for all employees
  • up to three additional leave days 
  • clothing package 
  • flexible working and a new modern Wellington CBD office – we’re Wellington based and can entertain broader flexible working scenarios by arrangement.



  • Please visit our recruiters people&co.
  • For further information and a job description please contact Jacaleen Williams at people&co on (04) 931 9450, quoting job number 20315.
  • To be eligible to apply you must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand and meet any entry requirements if you’re outside the country. 
  • Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 16 November 2022.