Senior Machinery Operator/Viticultural Machinery Technician


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Company: Booster Wine Group


Uploaded: 13 September 2022

Closes: 13 October 2022

Booster, through it’s Booster Tahi investment arm, is making significant investments in New Zealand’s agricultural business including avocados, kiwi fruit, and through investments in Awatere River, Waimea Estates, Bannock Brae and Sileni Estates, the wine industry. It is here where a dynamic, reliable team player is required to join our Awatere River Vineyards as a Senior Machinery Operator/Viticultural Machinery Technician.

You will be part of our viticultural operations team that will be responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of our operations across all vineyards in Marlborough. With over 200 hectares in production, this is a hands-on role that involves operations over multiple vineyard sites.

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Understanding and ability to work flexible hours from time-to-time throughout the viticulture year
  • Day-to-day machine operations skills
  • The ability to undertake vineyard machinery and equipment repairs and maintenance as directed by the Leading Hand/Mechanic
  • Ability to work well in a small team
  • 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
  • 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, details focus, and 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 the Leading Hand/Mechanic in repairing and maintaining the company fleet
  • Assisting with the Grape spray programme
  • Use of vineyard machinery, including tractors, Harvesters , ATV’s, mowers, sprayers, trimmers and other vineyard equipment
  • Irrigating, young vine training, trellis and property maintenance

A driver’s license is essential for this role. All onsite training will be given. Competitive pay rates and other benefits will be discussed at interview and will depend on experience of successful candidate. 

If this sounds like you, please apply via the 'Apply Now' button with your CV and Cover Letter

Only people eligible to work in this country should apply for this position. Please provide evidence of your work visa or citizenship.

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