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Agricultural/​Horticultural Scientist

Kaipūtaiao Ahuwhenua

Agricultural/horticultural scientists study farm animals, soils, pastures and crops to improve their yield, health and quality, and to prevent pests and disease.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
5-9 years

Agricultural/horticultural scientists usually start on
$55K-$67K per year

Agricultural/horticultural scientists with several years' experience usually earn
$70K-$100K per year

Agricultural/​Horticultural Consultant

Kaitohutohu Ahuwhenua

Agricultural/horticultural consultants provide professional advice to farmers and growers on how to improve the profitability, efficiency and sustainability of their farm management systems. They also help to develop business and financial plans. 

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
3 years

Agricultural/horticultural consultants with less than five years’ experience usually earn
$45K-$80K per year

Agricultural/horticultural consultants with more than five years’ experience usually earn
$80K-$150K per year

Beekeeper

Kaitiaki Pī

Beekeepers look after beehives in apiaries that produce honey, wax, pollen and other products. Beekeepers also offer pollination services to horticultural and seed crop producers.

Job opportunities
Average

Beekeepers with one to three years’ experience usually earn
$31K-$37K per year

Beekeepers with three to four years' experience usually earn
$40K-$55K per year

Arborist

Kaitiaki Rākau

Arborists look after and maintain trees, including trees in parks, in people's backyards, and trees around power lines.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
1-3 years

Trainee arborists with up to five years' experience usually earn
$16-$18 per hour

Arborists with more than five years' experience usually earn
$18-$30 per hour

Packhouse Worker

Kaimahi Whare Putunga

Packhouse workers grade, pack and store crops in horticultural packhouses.

Job opportunities
Good

Packhouse workers usually earn
$16-$25 per hour

Agricultural Engineer

Mataaro Ahuwhenua

Agricultural engineers perform and supervise engineering work related to the use and development of agricultural land, buildings, machines and equipment.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
3-4 years

Graduate agricultural engineers usually earn
$45K-$50K per year

Agricultural engineers with four to six years' experience usually earn
$70K-$100K per year

Farmer/​Farm Manager

Kaiahuwhenua/​Kaiwhakahaere Pāmu

Farmers/farm managers are responsible for the planning, management and day-to-day running of farms. Farmers own the land they farm, while farm managers manage farms for farm owners.

Job opportunities
Good

Farmers/farm managers usually earn
$60K-$64K per year

Crop Farm Worker

Kaimahi Huangakai

Crop farm workers assist with the raising and harvesting of fruit, vegetables and grains on farms and in orchards, vineyards and hothouses. They may work year-round or do seasonal work.

Job opportunities
Good

Crop farm workers usually earn
$16-$18 per hour

Crop farm workers who supervise others usually earn
$18-$25 per hour

Wool Classer

Kaimāhiti Wūru

Wool classers sort wool into categories according to breed of sheep, age, colour, length and micron (fibre thickness). They ensure contamination is removed from the wool, and complete identification and documentation prior to sale.

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
1-2 years

Wool classers are usually paid per fleece, but typically earn the equivalent of
$35-$55 per hour

Agricultural Field Representative

Māngai Taiao Ahuwhenua

Agricultural field representatives sell products such as farm equipment, and advise clients on crop and livestock management. 

Job opportunities
Good

Agricultural field representatives with less than two years’ experience usually earn
$45K-$55K per year

Agricultural field representatives with two to three years' experience usually earn
$55K-$70K per year