Are you looking for a career that offers:
• Good pay and work conditions.
• A mix of outdoors, machinery and people skills.
• Genuine career paths as part of the team exporting the taste of Nelson.
• Work days that change with the season with plenty of variety.
If this sounds like you, read on...
The Role of Orchard Cadets
As employees on orchards you will be involved in the production of quality fruit for export and local markets. Expect an interesting work life which is market driven and ever changing.
Modern orcharding produces very good returns and has a multitude of technical facets each season. To export the taste of “Nelson” our pipfruit industry uses Integrated Fruit Production, a pest and disease management system that triggers the use of modern 'soft' chemicals. In reality a combination of traditional and organic practice.
Some Nelson orchards are consolidated into 'direct exporting' groups giving them control of their product through to Northern Hemisphere supermarkets. Good systems, the infrastructure we see in packhouses and coolstores, and employment conditions.
Orchard work itself is pleasant. The Nelson climate that produces apples, pears, and kiwifruit is world renowned. Physical work is on flat or rolling properties near to Richmond and Motueka (on the borders of the famous Abel Tasman National Park).
Work includes planting, tree training and pruning, orchard hygiene, manipulating crop loading, pest and disease management, crop husbandry, irrigation maintenance, harvesting, harvest machinery and supervision. Meeting compliance requirements for overseas markets and packhouse operations.
Many of yesterday’s cadets are today's managers enjoying stimulating roles in orchards, processing facilities and people management.
Recognising the problems of recruiting and retaining hardworking, capable and flexible orchard staff, a cluster of Waimea Growers committed to our Fruit Production Training Modules in 2002.
The following are comments made by Waimea Growers:
This is a focused approach to the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 4. Growers selected existing staff or employed new staff enrolling them into the first module, which works like the 1980-90's cadetship system. With the success of this grower driven, locally based course, NZHITO has agreed to let Agriculture New Zealand replicate this type of training in Nelson and Marlborough. There are currently 30 cadets enrolled in their 2nd or 3rd year of the new qualification.