Crop Production & Dispatch Lead

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at People Plus (view profile)
Location 206 Stanley Road, New Zealand
Date Posted 12 February 2024
Category Business
Job Type Full-time


Ko wai tatou? | Who are we?

The Native Garden Nursery is owned by Turanga Group Holdings Ltd (which is a subsidiary of Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust). The Nursery focuses on sourcing, growing and selling top quality native plants to both the public and wholesale clients.

The Nursery plays a crucial role in achieving the Rongowhakaata group’s vision to lead with vitality, especially as it relates to protecting, enhancing, and nurturing the natural environment.

The Nursery has been Turanga’s (Gisborne’s) native plant specialists since 1995, and is the go-to source of plants and expertise for many local projects. Customers include other iwi organisations, central and local government, private landowners and local catchment groups.

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the position   

Reporting to the Nursery General Manager and as part of its leadership team, this role is critical as it is responsible for the production and dispatch of the Nursery’s crop.

Through the application of expertise and experience, this position plays a hands-on role in planning and implementing the production function of the business, while supervising the work of others, to ensure that quality and customer care standards are maintained. Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the leadership team to maintain an engaged and productive workforce
  • Providing support and cover for the General Manager as required
  • Planning logistics around production and resources required
  • Crop monitoring and maintenance (including pest and disease control)
  • Optimising growth through creating ideal growing conditions, including species specific moisture levels, positioning, and layout etc.
  • Irrigation lead
  • Operating machinery
  • Overseeing the use of the Ellepot machine
  • Compliance and reporting e.g. crop management, biosecurity, health and safety
  • Site and equipment maintenance
  • Order dispatch logistics and customer care

As part of a small team you’ll also be required to assist where needed, whether it be seed collecting, tidying up, helping the administration team or anything else that the day throws at you.

Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? | Who are we looking for?

This role is mainly outdoors with some administration and record keeping, requiring someone that is open to working in a range of weather conditions and is physically fit and capable for regular lifting. Use of chemicals will be required (with appropriate PPE). Operating machinery is a necessary component of this role. Some weekend work will be required as part of the watering roster, however this is not extensive.

To hit the ground running, ideally you will have:

  • A knowledge of NZ native plants
  • Full NZ driver’s license
  • Commercial experience in producing a quality crop
  • Relevant experience is required - nursery work, horticulture, agriculture, conservation or crop management would be ideal. Other similar experience will also be considered.
  • Effective logistics, coordination, and planning skills
  • Great communication and leadership skills
  • A methodical approach, with good attention to detail
  • Growsafe certification and experience in chemical application
  • Competency with computer systems
  • Understanding of protocols and procedures for local government and industry regulations

As part of the Rongowhakaata group, the Nursery leadership team has a close working relationship with both the group and its wider stakeholders. Training on engagement with the Rongowhakaata group, and on its practices and strategies, will be provided to the successful candidate.

He aha te mahi mo tatou | Why work for us 

This is a dynamic and rewarding role for someone that is passionate about plants and contributing to enhancing the environment, and wants to work in an organisation that is focused on improving sustainability. The current team are supportive and experienced, and provide an environment where knowledge is shared and built on.

A competitive hourly rate is available for the right skills and experience. Depending on the level of applicants we may be open to adapting the role to suit a developing skillset.

Ka pēhea te tono mai | How to apply 

Only applications submitted via our advertising channels will be accepted. Please apply via Seek and include your Cover Letter and CV. Applications will be managed on behalf of the Native Garden Nursery by People Plus Limited and will close on Friday 23rd February. If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Tom at

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