Oct 11, 2019

Shepherds

  • Rural Directions
  • Auckland Region, New Zealand
Full time Drystock

Job Description

Auckland Council’s farming operation spans across 19 Regional Park locations throughout the Auckland region and at 1430ha is thought to be one of the world’s largest urban farming enterprises. The farming operations comprise 6650 sheep/1200 cattle in total, both breeding and finishing. Stock class management, breed type, stocking rates and sheep to cattle ratio are set on the best fit for managing public land without compromising the park resources and wider objectives.

With a new structure in place, Auckland Council now requires two Shepherds to work on the region’s Northern and Southern farms. The key focus of these positions is to work collectively with the Farming Operations Manager and Block Supervisors to implement the operational plan in a way that optimises farm performance. This is a fantastic opportunity to further develop your shepherding skillset with involvement in all day-to-day tasks on farm including stock work, animal health, pasture management and general maintenance.

The successful applicants for these positions will have 1 – 3 dogs under good command along with proven practical farming skills such as stockmanship, fencing, general maintenance and the ability to use farm machinery and equipment safely. You will be committed to ongoing self-development and receptive to learning new technologies to help improve farm productivity and profitability.

Auckland Council stands for excellent environmental, social and farming outcomes and has committed a specialised business unit to ensure the farming strategy is executed. This is your chance to be involved in a farming business where quality land, livestock, infrastructure and the best people are central to its goals.

To view a Job Information Pack or to apply, please press the 'Apply Now' button or phone the Rural Directions team in confidence on 06 871 0450 (Reference #8006)

Applications close 5pm Monday, 4th November 2019.

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