Plant & Food Research's network of orchards and farms have a central role in enabling us to undertake field research and work with our partners to develop the cultivars required to ensure the ongoing success of New Zealand's fruit industries.
Our dedicated field teams work closely with our science staff to support a wide range of research projects.
About the Role :
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and customer- focused Orchard Technician to join our Kerikeri team in maintaining and developing high levels of orchard management and to grow and develop their skills within the kiwifruit industry.
You'll demonstrate expertise in ensuring that orchard practices meet the industry standards and contractors understand research requirements and uphold Health & Safety policies and guidelines.
You'll also support the Orchard Manager in ensuring plant health and soil conditions are monitored and maintained and relevant safeguards are put in place to avoid loss or damage to science projects.
You'll either have a relevant qualification, or proven experience in orchard operations and will be competent in operating and maintaining a wide range of field machinery.
You will be customer focused, flexible and adaptable around fruit harvest times, fit and able to perform physically demanding work and comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions.
A full driver's license is essential with HT license an advantage.