Plant and Property Maintenance Specialist – Apples

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Central Hawkes Bay

About Craigmore

Since 2008, Craigmore has been building a diverse portfolio of farming, forestry, and horticulture businesses in New Zealand. Once our current businesses mature, we will be producing 250,000 tonnes of wood, 120,000 tonnes of milk and 45,000 tonnes of fruit from 22 orchards each year, spread from Southland to Northland – with additional growth to come.

Craigmore’s purpose is to build and operate high-performing forestry, farming and horticultural businesses which are leaders in sustainability and that revitalize under-invested rural communities (such as Northland, Gisborne, Central Hawkes Bay). Most importantly, we are committed to helping our people and partners to grow and thrive while working with us. We have access to significant capital to fund our growth and are seeking people with a desire to join us on the journey to build sustainable operations we can all be proud of.

We are embracing new technology, precision farming and solid stakeholder partnerships to create and operate the most sustainable and profitable orchards and vineyards possible.

We are searching for a Plant & Property Maintenance Specialist to execute duties to enhance the visual appearance of the property such as mowing, mulching, and weed spraying.

This role would be a horticulture machinery specialist, who is capable of basic mechanical problem solving, preventive maintenance, fleet management, staff training and to oversee the future mechanical pruning and harvest platform operations during those times of year. This is a safety sensitive role.

Competencies required to be successful include:

  • Good understanding of health and safety with safety comes first attitude
  • Ability to train staff from different backgrounds to perform as one and adhere to uniform safety, maintenance, and operational standards
  • Critical organisational skills
  • A Mechanical ability and acknowledgment of when to ask and research when support is required
  • High level of detail and fastidious record keeping and reporting
  • Knowledge of LEAN systems/continuous improvement to set up and maintain safe and efficient flow of workshops, buildings, spray sheds, yards and roading
  • Ability to operate machinery to maintain effective and optically pleasing understory management
  • Confident with machinery, implements and learning new technology
  • Technology savvy with computers and GPS
  • Ability to champion all current and future safety aspects around machinery use

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