Head Shepherd/2IC – Ātihau-Whanganui Inc - Ohorea Station

  • Rural Directions
  • Feb 01, 2024
Full time Drystock

Job Description

+        Located 20 minutes from Ohakune in Central North Island

+        Career progression available within organization.

+        For further information please visit https://bit.ly/3uhISOm



Ātihau-Whanganui Incorporation (AWHI) is a large-scale Maori agribusiness comprising 40,800 ha across eight sheep and beef farms, and one dairy farm in the Central North Island, at the foothills of Mount Ruapehu. Approximately 83% of the land resource is principally for sheep and cattle with dairy and forestry interests making up the balance.

AWHI is committed to farming in a “sustainable” manner within an “integrated one farm framework” whereby each farm works together to maximise synergies and economies of scale. The business is committed to sustainable faming by integrating environmental stewardship with farm profitability.

This position is located on Ohorea Station which is a 5628 ha total sheep and beef breeding unit and is a mix of rolling to steeper hill country with larger paddocks and good traditional mustering opportunities. Ohorea carries 37,000su, including 15,000 ewes and 900 cows, all replacements are kept, with the rest transferred as store stock to the finishing properties.


As the Head Shepherd/2IC you will be working alongside and reporting to the Farm Manager. You will be assisting the Farm Manager in the day-to-day planning and be responsible for delegating and allocating tasks to the team. This role is an excellent opportunity as a steppingstone into management.

Key to this role will be assisting the Farm Manager to achieve the Station’s performance targets. You will need to be well planned and organised and enjoy learning from an established Farm Manager who is keen to share his knowledge with you.

Having an established team of working dogs and some previous experience working to scale and on hill country will be essential, as you will be handling large mobs on a day-to-day basis.

There will be times when the Farm Manager is off farm and as the Head Shepherd you will be required to act as the 2IC in their absence.


Our client is looking for a Head Shepherd with a team of 6 working dogs under good control and solid experience working to scale and on hill country. The below are also key to success in this role:

+        4+ years solid experience working in the agricultural sector.

+        Advanced knowledge and experience in the management of soils, pasture and animals.

+        Good interpersonal, relationship management and leadership skills.

+        Superior communication skills, verbal and written, and excellent listening skills.

+        Ability to identify pertinent issues, communicate them, and encourage employees to develop solutions.


+        AWHI offers the job security that comes from knowing these properties will remain as productive farmland.

+        This position is a stepping-stone to management, learning from the longstanding experienced Farm Manager.

+        Sound 3–4-bedroom home including garage, in excellent condition.

+        Location provides plenty of recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, skiing, tramping, cycling and mountain biking.

+        School bus stop at the gate to both Raetihi Primary School and Ohakune High School.

Applications close Sunday 3rd March 2024

Only job seekers who have NZ working rights will be eligible for this role.