Plant & Food Research (‘PFR’) is a vibrant organisation conducting research that adds value to New Zealand’s horticulture and seafood industries. Our approximately 1,000 employees, spread across 14 New Zealand locations, are proud of the way our science and commercialisation supports the production of top quality, sustainably-produced foods and high-value products that earn a premium in international markets and benefit human wellbeing.
What you will be doing
Reporting to the Science Group Leader, and working in collaboration with colleagues nationally, you will take the lead on regional trials and the evaluation of breeding projects, proactively connecting and communicating research results with the wider group. With the pending retirement of our Regional Trial operator you will manage all aspects of arable field trials including sowing, maintaining, assessing, selection and harvesting of crops, together with the reporting of results. Key projects include our forage brassica and swede breeding programmes located throughout Southland. Working remotely, and within a small team, the ability to safely operate and maintain a range of machinery and equipment will be essential.
What you will need
To be successful in this role, you will have a relevant tertiary qualification and/or relevant experience in agricultural science and arable farming with a working knowledge of field trial methods including trial management, data collection and analysis. Your understanding of plant breeding methods and ability to manage and report on trials in an accurate and timely manner will be essential. To effectively lead our Southland trials, you will have the ability to self-manage, problem solve and proactively communicate with colleagues throughout NZ, while knowledge of the Southland region and connections with the Southland farming community would also be beneficial. This role requires physical fitness and a NZ drivers License and the ability to travel locally will also be essential.
What you will get
The opportunity to work within a friendly, national organisation whilst also having great autonomy to manage and deliver locally.
We offer excellent employee benefits, including generous leave provisions and employer contribution to superannuation, and subsidised health insurance.