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Agricultural/​Horticultural Scientist

Kaipūtaiao Ahuwhenua

Agricultural/horticultural scientists study farm animals, soils, pastures and crops to improve growth, health and quality, and to prevent pests and disease.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
5-9 years

Graduate agricultural/horticultural scientists usually earn
$65K-$75K per year

Senior agricultural/horticultural scientists usually earn
$80K-$150K per year

Beekeeper

Kaitiaki Pī

Beekeepers look after beehives in apiaries that produce honey, wax, pollen and other bee products. They may also offer pollination services to horticultural and seed crop producers.

 

Job opportunities
Average
Training usually required
1-2 years

Beekeepers with one to four years’ experience usually earn
$39K-$70K per year

Beekeepers who manage apiaries usually earn
$65K-$120K per year

Arborist

Kaitiaki Rākau

Arborists plant and remove trees, prune branches and treat disease.

Job opportunities
Good
Training usually required
1-3 years

Arborists with up to five years' experience usually earn
$19-$22 per hour

Arborists with more than five years' experience usually earn
$22-$35 per hour

Shearer

Kaikuti Hipi

Shearers cut the wool from sheep with clippers.

Job opportunities
Average

Shearers with one to three years’ experience usually earn
$39K-$65K per year

Shearers with more than three years’ experience usually earn
$65K-$130K per year

Dairy Farmer

Kaiahuwhenua Miraka Kau

Dairy farmers plan and manage milk production by cows, maintain pasture and monitor environmental impacts on farms.

Job opportunities
Good

Dairy farm assistants and herd managers usually earn
$42K-$90K per year

Dairy farm managers and operations managers usually earn
$63K-$160K per year

Dairy Herd Manager

Kaiwhakahaere Māpu Kau

Dairy herd managers run daily dairy farming operations such as feeding and milking cows, monitoring animal health and environmental management.

Job opportunities
Good

Assistant dairy herd managers usually earn
$48K-$88K per year

Experienced dairy herd managers usually earn
$51K-$90K per year

Dairy Farm Assistant

Kaiāwhina Pāmu Kau

Dairy farm assistants help farmers with a variety of tasks, including caring for and milking cows, repairs and maintenance, and other farming activities.

Job opportunities
Good

New dairy farm assistants usually earn
$42K-$43K per year

Experienced dairy farm assistants usually earn
$43K-$80K per year

Sharemilker

Kaiwhakahaere Mīraka Kau

Sharemilkers either milk a dairy farmer's cows for a profit share, or own a herd of cows and milk them on an owner's land for a profit share.

Job opportunities
Good

Sharemilkers usually earn
$64K-$97K per year