Summer Internship – Horticulture | Improving Harvest Practices

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Location 71 ardmore street, Tauranga, New Zealand
Date Posted 16 September 2021
Category Internship/Scholarship
Job Type Internship


Mt Erin produces quality apples that are enjoyed by people all around the world. The orchards of Mt Erin are family-owned operations that have been growing great fruit for generations.

This project will be centered around a significant portion of the fruit quality losses in the horticultural industry in NZ and in-market and will focus on harvest and post-harvest activity and handling of fruit. This project will use a combination of impact assessment technologies (instrumented spheres) and video/ timelapse to capture data to create solutions and training tools to improve harvest practices.

In addition, you may partake in a secondary project relating to NIR tools.  Fruit maturity is an important aspect before the harvest of cultivars. Non-destructive Near-infra-Red (NIR) tools can assist orchardists and postharvest provides to make better decisions as to harvest, and post-harvest inventory management provided they have models built into them to make their predictions robust.

We are looking for applicants that will become part of our team over 10 working weeks. However, there will be an unpaid two-week holiday over the Christmas/New Year’s period.

To be eligible for this Callaghan Innovation R&D internship, you must be studying, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in engineering or science at a NZ tertiary education institute; horticulture studies would be preferred.

The successful applicants will need to provide their own transport; compensation will be provided for work related travel.  Your place of work is Mt Maunganui, Tauranga and Hawke’s Bay. You will be required to write up a report and present it to all the stakeholders at the end of the placement.

Interested? Apply now!

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