Most staff work 6 days a week and we have extra seasonal work available during the summer months. We also welcome Working Holiday Visa applications. With three separate divisions, there are a range of challenging and rewarding positions in the following areas:

Operations

Harvest Staff Drivers Dispatch

Production

Agronomy (we are constantly interested in staff with applicable qualifications) Cultivation Agri Chemical application Soil health

Administration

Accounts payable/receivable Sales Wages clerk Financial Controller

Current positions available:

Production Manager

Woodhaven Gardens is a family run commercial growing operation located on the fertile plains of the Horowhenua Region in New Zealand. We have production in excess of 1500 acres, producing and distributing both nationally and internationally. Woodhaven is recognised as one of the leaders in the industry and has been growing for over 40 years and now employs over 200 staff.

We are looking for an experienced Production Manager who will ultimately be responsible for production of all 21 crops through to Harvest stage. The production Manager is responsible for managing 13 Plant Establishment Operators, 13 Tractor Operators, 1 Production Administration Assistant, 5 Agronomists and 4 Irrigation Technicians and reports to the Woodhaven Gardens General Manager. Working hours are flexible however farm operations are conducted 6-7 days per week and certain tasks are weather dependant.

You will be required to use your knowledge and experience to successfully manage crop production and staff to ensure a smooth operation. Your success will be measured by the ability to produce the maximum yield of market quality crop at the lowest possible cost.

The successful candidate must have 5 years minimum experience responsible for production of multiple leafy green vegetable crops; 5 years minimum experience in managing 20 or more staff and be able to demonstrate an understanding of quality standard required to market leafy green vegetables; experience working with farm machinery, soil cultivation, agri-chem application, fert application, plant propagation and irrigation systems.

You will be remunerated according to experience with a lucrative package including; vehicle, phone and bonus.

To apply, please provide:

CV

Cover letter outlining why you are suitable for the position

Verifiable reference letters evidencing a minimum of 5 years’ of relevant work experience in crop production and management

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Experienced Agronomist

We are seeking an experienced and self-motivated Agronomist for a full-time position at our farm. This position will be responsible for cropping strategic planning, implementation and input management through to harvest and ultimately crop returns. A tertiary degree in Agriculture along with practical experience is necessary. With 7 different teams across 15 products there is ample opportunity for personal and professional growth and development. Over our operation we have 12 different nationalities represented, creating a diverse working culture where culture differences are celebrated and encouraged.

Packer

We are seeking self-motivated Packers for a full-time position at our farm, With 7 different teams across 15 products there is ample opportunity for personal and professional growth and development. Over our operation we have 12 different nationalities represented, creating a diverse working culture where culture differences are celebrated and encouraged.

For those who qualify we fully support ongoing training with New Zealand’s leading industry training provider Primary ITO, allowing you to get NZQA credits while you work.

Harvesting Positions

If you love being outdoors, and enjoy being physically challenged then one of our many different harvesting positions may be for you! With 7 different teams across 15 products there is ample opportunity for personal and professional growth and development. Over our operation we have 12 different nationalities represented, creating a diverse working culture where culture differences are celebrated and encouraged.

For those who qualify we fully support ongoing training with New Zealand’s leading industry training provider Primary ITO, allowing you to get NZQA credits while you work.  Work visa with a minimum of 6 months required.

Driving Positions

If you have at a minimum a NZ full drivers licence then we may have a position available for you. With a fleet of 6 plus Jhon Deere cab tractors operating in our harvest teams, and an even larger range of production based vehicle’s, we are looking for skilled operators who are excited about increasing their skill levels and love big toys!! GPS is a standard feature in our production fleet, allowing you the freedom to concentrate on the most important aspects of ground preparation, fertilising, planting or agri chemical application.

Harvest drivers have the added bonus of learning a whole new skill set as well as being able to be physically active during the day helping the harvest teams load, unload or harvest.

Holiday Working Visa Staff:

Woodhaven Gardens welcomes applications from people with New Zealand Working Holiday Visas. We can provide well-maintained serviced accommodation on site and have a vast and interesting array of jobs available all year round.

Simon from the United Kingdom had the following to say about his time working at Woodhaven Gardens on his Working Holiday Visa:

I've worked at Woodhaven for four months now. I started as a harvester for the spinach team, and am now the driver for the team. I stay in the on-site accommodation provided and it's great value for money and rent is deducted direct from my pay. By staying here I’ve met loads of new people, and the facilities are great too. I would recommend Woodhaven as a great company to work for; we are like one big family. John is a fantastic person to work for. He's very kind and friendly, and takes the time to get to know each colleague.

Simon Drewery United Kingdom