Industries: Horticulture, Agriculture and Forestry

Vibrant industries to join in Nelson Tasman with great career pathways

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People tending vegetables in Nelson Tasman

Pick of the crop

Enjoy being in the fresh air, working with fruit and vegetables, livestock or forests. Gain valuable experience as a farm assistant, raising and caring for animals while maintaining the farm. Work your way up to a dairy farmer assistant and then on to a manager’s role. Or learn how to plan and manage plant production on farms, vineyards, and hothouses to become a crop farmer. Enjoy being part of a tight knit forestry crew and working safely with big trees and equipment.
2 workers in forestry plantation

Work outdoors, keep fit and stay sun-kissed

The horticulture, agriculture and forestry industries are extremely diverse and varied. It often involves working outdoors, focusing on seasonal harvesting times and in all weather and climate conditions. You get to gain experience with heavy machinery and work alongside like-minded hard-working people. You will continuously learn and be challenged while getting highly rewarded.

The Nelson Tasman region has a wide range of vineyard’s, crops, farms, forests and orchards which allows you to pursue an area of specific interest to you. While some choose to study the industry, you can also work your way up into your desired role.

Check out Go Hort a website dedicated to growing New Zealand’s horticultural workforce.

Pick Your Path is another great one that covers a variety of seasonal work.

Or Go Dairy, who are on a mission to find committed go-getters to join NZ’s dairy sector.

Man picking apples in orchard in Nelson Tasman

Join a vital part of Nelson’s economy

Enjoy the outdoors lifestyle and connect with like-minded people. Keep fit while at work.

Make the most of the regions seasonal opportunities and understand the environmental factors involved to create different varieties of fruit, vegetables, and plants. Learn about sustainable forestry and the interesting machinery and technology used behind the scenes.

Boost your local economy!

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