Canterbury Agricultural Park Groundsman & Operations Co-ordinator
Canterbury Agricultural And Pastoral Association
Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
4d ago
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Canterbury Agricultural Park Groundsman & Operations Co-ordinator

Canterbury Agricultural And Pastoral Association Christchurch, South Island


The New Zealand Agricultural Show (formerly the Canterbury A&P Show) has been hosted in Christchurch for 158 years by the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association (CAPA), a registered not-for-profit charity promoting the agricultural sector in Canterbury while facilitating competitions and supporting local business.

It is a time traditionally "where the country comes to town."

The Association consists of around 2500 members governed by a General Committee and a Board of Directors. Community is at the heart of everything that we do, and the Show could not activate without the passion of approx. 500 volunteers.

With over 2000 competitions, 3000 competitors, and approx. 100,000 visitors, the Show is a highly anticipated and well-supported Canterbury event.

The Show's core is culture and community; it celebrates heritage, innovation, diversity, and people.

CAPA owns land within the Canterbury Agricultural Park, the balance of the land is owned by the Christchurch City Council (CCC) with CAPA under contract to maintain the land.

Groundsman & Operations Co-Ordinator

Reporting to the General Manager, the purpose of this position is to ensure that the Grounds, Buildings and infrastructure owned, leased are maintained in good order, meet the demands specified in the Services Agreement between CCC and CAPA and are fit for the purpose as required by CAPA and any other organization utilizing the grounds as agreed.

You must have initiative, be a problem solver, work alone sometimes, be a team player, commit to the team, be accountable to the team, and carryout long hours during certain periods of the year.

This role requires someone with a blend of hands-on practical skills and experience and an ability to lead, manage and develop the Operations function of CAPA into the future .

To be successful in the role, you will :

Have great communication and interpersonal skills

Meet professional ethics and conduct responsibilities.

Be self-motivated to engage in professional learning opportunities to improve practice

Be a committed team member

  • Provide suggestions / design concepts to enhance the property’s appearance;
  • Be passionate about nature and native plants;
  • Be hardworking, reliable, attention to detail, ability to create and follow instructions;
  • Strive for excellence and accuracy each and every day for every task and project;
  • Have the necessary skills and capacity in sheep husbandry, and do so independently managing shearing / lambing periods;
  • You will have experience in driving heavy vehicle plant equipment. Be mechanically minded and know how to care for machinery and vehicles.

    Your duties will include but are not limited to :

  • Supervising two apprentices, guiding and mentoring them in their studies;
  • Mowing the grass utilising zero turn mowers, ride on mower, tractors and vehicles;
  • Weed control / maintenance;
  • General trimming, mulching and seasonal pruning;
  • Washing and blowing pathways;
  • Washing buildings, windows, walls and cobwebbing;
  • Removing and disposal of rubbish and timber debris (including from building roofs and gutters) and dropping it to local landfill site if required;
  • General repairs and maintenance on the property;
  • Small project works (i.e. sleepers, rock steppers and paths);
  • Arranging and scheduling maintenance of property equipment (i.e. mowers, hedge trimmers, vehicles, bikes and others);
  • Washing property motor vehicles and equipment;
  • Picking up and delivering goods needed for the Park;
  • Receipt management;
  • Accepting deliveries and signing off;
  • Opening and closing various buildings for trade;
  • Event preparation and co-ordinating with CAPA team on the delivery of the Show & other events;
  • Collaborate with General Manager / CAPA Board & General Committee on Capex and Major R&M projects;
  • Operations budget management;
  • Monthly reporting on Health & Safety and Park Management.

    Specific position requirements :

  • Related tertiary education and or relevant experience in farming / agriculture;
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and virtual meeting applications (Zoom & Teams) is essential.

    Proven Health & Safety experience / qualification.

    Strong understanding of Health & Safety requirements within an event and / or facilities management context.

    Experience with stakeholder management.

  • Current unrestricted New Zealand driver’s license, proficiency with manual transmission vehicles essential;
  • Clean traffic history;
  • Current National Criminal History Record Check;
  • Weekend work when required;
  • Right to work in New Zealand.

    What CAPA offers :

    Competitive remuneration, to match qualifications and experience.

    Vehicle - Modern Twin Cab Truck with fuel.

    Opportunity to grow and develop a career in the event Industry.

    Chance to work in a very diverse role, in a fun environment, where no two days are the same.

    Opportunity for you to bring your own ideas to life, know that you make a difference and enjoy the success that follows.


    To hear more about more about this rewarding and busy position, please reach out today! This is a special role for a special person, and we can’t wait for you to be a valuable member of our growing, passionate, and fun team here at CAPA.

    Apply today with a covering letter and CV and send to :

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