Debbie Ward-Smith

  • 2IC lead harvest driver
  • Lincoln, Canterbury, 7608, NZ
  • Apr 29, 2021
Seasonal Arable

Personal Summary

Recent work experience in sheep, beef and crop farming has proven I am a hardworking kiwi adult. I work well in a team and enjoy learning and taking on new challenges. I have an honest, reliable nature with a good sense of humour when appropriate. I obtain experience as a senior harvest driver for Heinz/Watties and senior artificial breeding technician for Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC).

Employees Expectations

It is my expectation that the employer treats all his/her staff with respect. In-turn the employee will replicate the same behaviour to the employer and other staff members.

Skills and Attributes

➢ Lambing beat, extensive stock experience
➢ Heavy machinery operator experience includes seeding in Canada
➢ Overseas agriculture experience
➢ Excellent customer service skills, hospitality experience
➢ Hard working, trustworthy, reliable, fast learner, motivated, calm under pressure, adaptable.

Work Experience

2IC lead harvest driver
Dec 2012 - Apr 2021 Heinz/Watties


➢ 8 consecutive seasons operating a PMC 979 CT pea harvester, using GPS, 2 ½ months.
➢ Bean harvesting, 6 weeks
➢ Up to 6 machines working together
➢ 12 to 14-hour night shifts
➢ Care and attention taken to machinery and people in your surrounding area
➢ Team environment

Crop Receptionist
Nov 2007 - Jan 2017 Heinz/Watties


➢ Shift work, 4x4 roster, 12hr
➢ Weighing in and out of trucks
➢ Sample taking to determine farmers payment
➢ Quality control
➢ Computer assisted record keeping

Senior AI technician
Oct 2012 - Dec 2020 Livestock Improvement Corporation

➢ Inseminate up to 10,000 cows per season
➢ Senior in charge of an assistant
➢ Organising products for up to 9 large dairy farms
➢ Inseminating cows hygienically and accurately
➢ Electronic record taking
➢ Driving to designated farms on time consecutively for 6 weeks
➢ Customer service, 8 consecutive seasons

Dairy farm assistant, Canterbury
May 2020 - Sep 2020

➢ Milking cows
➢ Teat sealing
➢ Loading feed wagon with fodder beet or bailage
➢ Tractor driving with feed wagon, feeding out
➢ Shifting break fences for cows
➢ General maintenance
➢ Calf collecting and sorting cows

Senior wool handler, Tony Coster shearing, Canterbury
Jul 2019 - Oct 2019

➢ Wool preparation for a top sale quality product
➢ Preparing fine and crossbred wools
➢ Six years' experience, includes working in a well-known shearing gang
➢ Fast paced, attention to detail, communication, easy going personality
➢ Team environment

Farm labourer, Saskatchewan, Canada
Apr 2014 - Sep 2014

➢ Driving an 8 wheeled Case, pivot steer tractor pulling harrows or air seedier or roller, using GPS and auto steer
➢ Pulling down corrals (cattle yards)
➢ Lawn mowing ride on or tractor pull
➢ Cleaning silos
➢ Mucking out, cleaning sheds
➢ Driving grain truck at harvest, using auger
➢ Spraying
➢ Baling round bales of flax (Linseed)
➢ Swathing (windrow) meadow hay

Housekeeping/servicing rooms at Sudima hotel
Jan 2007 - Jan 2011 Christchurch International airport

2007 - 2011 Hospitality and tourism experience
I carry excellent customer service and people skills from working in these roles, below.

➢ Shop assistant at Lincoln fish supply
➢ Housekeeping/servicing rooms at Sudima hotel, Christchurch International airport
➢ Barista/front of house staff member at the Tai Tapu store café
➢ Travel agent, entry level at House of Travel

Overseas employment

Farm labourer
Mar 2007 - May 2007

cotton fields, NSW, Australia

➢ Pressing large cotton modules at harvest time
➢ Machine driven
➢ Team environment

Multi activity instructor, children's adventure camp called
Mar 2006 - Nov 2006 PGL

➢ Leadership role
➢ Instructing children and adults in adventure activities includes water sports.
➢ Children aged between 7 to 17 years
➢ Health and safety recognition
➢ First aid, British
➢ Team environment


National Certificate in Hospitality Level 3 - Hospitality Level 3
Feb 2009 - May 2009 Avonmore Tertiary Academy
Jan 2002 - Jan 2004 Waitaki Girls' High School