Experienced Shepherd

  • Rural Directions
  • Maraetotara, New Zealand
  • Sep 24, 2021
Full time Drystock

Job Description


Te Aratipi Station is owned by the Palmer family and has been in the family for over 100 years. It is a traditional sheep and beef breeding and finishing property, running 5100 Romney ewes (plus replacements) and 350 Angus breeding cows.

The 1222ha property is located at the top of Maraetotara, 350-600m above sea level, located just 10 minutes from one of Hawke’s Bay’s best beaches, Waimarama.


As the Experienced Shepherd you will be working with the Farm Owner in all aspects relating to the day-to-day running of the property, with your key responsibility being stock and yard work. You will liaise with the Farm Owner to plan your workload.

The property is semi-intensive; in this role you will be shifting large mobs with some tricky spots i.e. creeks and bridges requiring you to have a high level of stock sense. You will need a good team of 6 working dogs experienced with mustering larger mobs of ewes and lambs. The ewes are on a pre-set rotation, then set stocked pre lambing.

The property has been well maintained, however during the off season there will be some general R & M work to be completed.


Along with relevant experience and a passion for the industry, the successful applicant will have:

  • Strong stockmanship skills
  • A capable team of working dogs (6)
  • Experience in mustering large mobs of ewes and lambs
  • An understanding of animal health and the importance of accurate record keeping
  • Well rounded general skills – R & M, Handpiece, Tractor driving
  • An understanding of health & safety 


Along with an excellent remuneration package, there is a tidy 4 bedroom home with amazing views on offer. Te Aratipi is an ideal location just 10 minutes from the popular Waimarama beach and a commutable distance to Havelock North and Hastings.

There is a local dog trail club and plenty of outdoor activities within a short drive to keep you and your family (if applicable) busy.

There are great primary and secondary school options available with school bus available nearby.


To view a Job Information pack please visit https://bit.ly/3EJNhtT (if the link doesn’t work please copy it into your web browser) or give the Rural Directions team a call on 06 871 0450 for a confidential chat (Ref# 794325).

Applications close Sunday 10th October 2021

Due to border restrictions, we may only be able to consider job seekers currently residing in New Zealand with full work eligibility, or NZ Citizens/Residents returning home in 2021.