Farm Hand - Machine driving focus

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Patoa Farms in Hawarden is looking for people to work with our pigs.

Our farm works on a free-farming system which means that breeding stock and piglets live outside all year round. After weaning, pigs are then moved into eco barns (open ended barns) until they are ready for market. We are SPCA and PigCare certified.

We are looking for someone to work on the farm and focus on driving various machines, including Telehandlers (Merlo), Feed Trucks, Avante and Kanga loaders, tractors, SXS's and more. You will use these machines to deliver feed to silos of many sizes, blow straw into sheds, move clean and dirty bedding around the farm, clean sheds, move pigs, the list goes on but you get the idea.

We need someone with a full driving license preferably with experience driving farm equipment. Training will be given but it starts with the right attitude to animal welfare and on farm health and safety. These are big, powerful machines and you must understand the importance of safe work practices. We operate a Drug and Alcohol free workplace and pre-employment testing is mandatory.

There are opportunities to grow and learn a lot. The farm breeds all of its own pigs and grows them for sale, so you can learn the full breeding, growing, selling cycle. AG ITO, NZQA qualifications are available on farm and are paid for by Patoa. Clearly achievable goals and pay structures are in place.

You need to be fit and active, with a positive attitude. All PPE is provided, starting rate is based on experience.

For more information about the farm, visit our website: http://www.patoafarms.co.nz. Applicants for this position must be NZ residents or have a valid NZ work visa (or be able to get one). Full time workers must be prepared to work weekends (1 in 3 paid at time and a half). Start times vary between 5 and 7.30 am depending on the time of year and the unit you work in.

This is a drive-in position but if you are keen to move to the region we may be able to offer temporary off-site accommodation.

 

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