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Nursery Worker


Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.

We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

We are looking for a Nursery Worker to join the Hill Country Erosion Scheme project team on a full-time, fixed term basis (42.5 hours per week) until 30 June 2023.  Based at the Council’s Poplar and Willow Nursery in Pakowhai, the key purpose of the role is to assist the Nursery Overseer with the general day-to-day nursery operations.

Responsibilities will involve work relating to growing 3m poles for the Catchment Management and River teams and providing support with nursery maintenance and security such as:

  • Assisting with pole crop management, irrigation, silviculture, including thinning and pruning operations and pole harvest
  • Assisting with the monitoring and control of diseases, pests and weeds, including the application of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers
  • Handling and utilising chemicals safely
  • Maintenance of tracks, fences and shelterbelts
  • Operating various machinery to carry out tasks


About you:

The role would suit someone who enjoys an outdoor working environment and has experience working in a horticultural or nursery setting.

Ideally you will also be/have:

  • The ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Self-motivated
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Physically fit
  • The ability to work with assorted machinery. (Quads, tractors sprayers etc also hand-held tools)
  • Grow Safe certification
  • A full driver’s license


All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

To view the job description please click here

Please apply via TradeMe.

Applications close 18 January 2022, however we may commence interviews prior to the closing date.

31 January 2022

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