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Vineyard Operator


Company: Awatere River Vineyards Ltd
Location: Marlborough
Type: Permanent
Category: Vineyard / Viticulture

The Awatere River Vineyards Limited (ARVL) is based in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough and is focused on making high-quality varietal wines. We are a young company, and growing fast.

Due to our ongoing expansion, we are seeking expressions of interest for the following vineyard role: Vineyard Operator.

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Understanding and ability to work flexible hours from time-to-time throughout the viticulture year.
  • Ability to work well in a small team and lead casual staff when required.
  • Day-to-day machine operations skills.
  • Ability to perform duties as directed, safely, effectively and efficiently, using viticulture best practice. 
  • Practical knowledge of machinery and implement use including ATVs, tractors and vineyard equipment.
  • The ability to undertake basic vineyard machinery and equipment maintenance.
  • Ideally, be familiar with harvest activities including, but not limited to, gondola and harvester operation.
  • Preferably GrowSafe Certificate & Approved Handler Certificate, but training can be arranged for the right person.
  • Previous experience operating and working with machinery, irrigation, young vines, trellis and property maintenance would be a definite advantage.

An enthusiastic attitude, open mind, self-motivation, organised, detail-focused, strong communicator with great time management skills, will get far in this role.

General vineyard duties relating to this job will include: 

  • Seasonal work – harvest, spraying, trellis repairs.
  • Assisting with the grape spray programme.
  • Use of vineyard machinery including tractors, ATV’s, mowers, sprayers, trimmers and other vineyard equipment.
  • Irrigation, young vine training, trellis and property maintenance.

This is a full-time, permanent position. A driver’s licence is essential. All onsite training will be given.

Competitive pay rates and other benefits will be discussed at interview and will depend on the experience of the successful candidate.


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Date: 16 May

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