Orchard Manager

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at Hortinvest (view profile)
Location Tarras, New Zealand
Date Posted 30 September 2020
Category On-Orchard
Job Type Full-time


At Hortinvest, we specialize in cherry and apricot production in the Central Otago region of the South Island.  Visit www.hortinvest.nz

We are expanding rapidly, currently having 177 hectares of cherries planted in the region. Our plan to develop out to 245 hectares will be shared with you when we meet.

We are now looking to appoint an experienced horticulturalist to the position of Orchard Foreman who will initially be  based at Tarras Cherry Corp. This is an established 40-hectare block near Cromwell which begins production this season. Feel free to take a virtual tour through the Tarras Cherry Corp Development via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLaN0du9SOA&t=1s

As Orchard Foreman, you will report to the Orchard Development Manager and work alongside our team of permanent and casual staff members.

You will live in the Cromwell Basin, one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. Several lakes, walking tracks and ski-fields are right on our doorstep, the location suiting someone who prefers an outdoor, sporty lifestyle.  Accommodation here is plentiful and affordable.

As Orchard Foreman, you will have the opportunity to grow with us, helping develop our business through best practice crop husbandry techniques – embracing new technology and leading our people through evolving work practices.

Experience working with cherries is not necessary, as we have the expertise to coach you and develop your skills.

Competencies required to be successful include:

  • Minimum three years’ in-field crop husbandry or horticultural experience
  • Experience with machinery operation – tractors, sprayers, mowers
  • In-field team leadership experience
  • A high level of computer literacy plus the ability to work with budgets

This is a full time, permanent role, attracting a salary which is based on your experience. A work vehicle will also be provided for your use.

To discuss this role in strict confidence and to request a PD, please phone Deb Francis from AgRecruit on 021 2245000. Otherwise, forward your expression of interest – covering letter and CV.

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