Fencing Labourer - Pukekohe Farm
Gisborne, NZ
3d ago

Research Project Soil Health and Nutrition

Don’t miss out on this winning combination of location, responsibility and opportunity.

LeaderBrand Produce Ltd is looking for the right candidate to take on a 10 week research project funded by Callaghan Innovation at our farm in sunny Gisborne.

This role reports to the Research Agronomist at Makauri Farm.

Are you interested in contributing to sustainable crop production? This project aims to increase the resilience of our soils and cropping practices through understanding soil health and nutrition, and validating tools such as the Nitrate Quick Test’.

You will be responsible for field trials focusing on :

  • Nitrogen use, from; designing, implementing, data collecting, analysing and reporting your findings.
  • A range of soil health management options including cultivation strategies, cover cropping and organic soil amendments.
  • This project is critical to ensure success in further mitigating the impact of agriculture on the environment, and allow us to farm sustainably for generations to come.

    The conclusions drawn from your research will drive our crop management team increasingly towards precise, science-based fertiliser decisions that we can trust, that will drive our crop yields and quality whilst reducing our inputs.

    The successful applicant will engage and work closely with all levels of the LeaderBrand farming business in Gisborne, across all of our crops.

    The successful candidate will ideally have an understanding of soil science and crop nutrition, a good eye for technical detail for when it comes to trials and data analysis, and a reasonable level of fitness required for soil sampling.

    The project will involve driving between paddocks in order to manage trials, for which a work vehicle is available (but providing your own transport is preferable).

    The ideal candidate will :

  • Have a sound understanding of experimental design
  • Have a full driver’s licence
  • Have an interest in soil science, sustainable agriculture or crop nutrition
  • Be a natural problem solver
  • Have great communication skills
  • Have experience writing and formatting reports
  • Have completed or be close to completing a BSc in a Horticulture / Agriculture based degree.
  • LeaderBrand is a key employer in the Gisborne region and we are proud of the culture and team that we have created. We are a family business with a team culture and we are looking for a team player for this role.

    Joining our business offers a unique opportunity to become part of the East Coast lifestyle for the summer with stunning beaches and festivals to enjoy.

    We are looking for a candidate who can hit the ground running and help us in our ongoing focus on excellence across our R&D programmes.

    If this sounds like you, we look forward to receiving your application.

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