Field Supervisor - Northland


Verified Lab Services (VLS) provides high quality, timely and cost-efficient maturity and technical services to our customers. VLS has been providing laboratory services for kiwifruit for over 22 years.

At VLS we are nothing without the talents of our people; we are authentic, skilled and curious, earning respect through our actions. Our inspirational people are passionate, ambitious and demonstrate a passion for excellence and self-leadership.

We are looking to recruit a Field supervisor based in Kerikeri. You will enjoy a high energy, dynamic and fast-paced role, which requires the ability to provide professional team training and supervision during kiwifruit season alongside year round field work. You will need be organised and adaptable as this role varies like the season.

This is a part-time permanent role with a guarantee of 17.5 hours a week year round, however in the months of Autumn/Summer hours will increase to fulltime to meet the demands on the business:

  • Summer/Autumn – Kiwifruit season – Full-time focusing on leading a field team of 10, training, kiwifruit pest monitoring and kiwifruit collection for testing. These programs run alongside the year round programs.
  • Winter/Spring – Part-time focussing on avocado and lemon pest monitoring programs and supporting the Northland Operations Manager with annual reviews and planning.

You will need to develop relationships quickly, as we pride ourselves on having returning staff year on year. Working closely with the field supervisor in Te Puke will ensure consistency amongst all VLS sites and programs.

To provide results you can trust you will be…

  • Detailed - Work orders read, understood and followed. 
  • Accurate – communication is clear and precise.
  • Inspirational –through your relationships and work ethic you set the example and be looked up to by your peers. 
  • Ingenious – knowing that challenging times will be on the cards every day so dealing with them confidently.
  • Safety focused – be active in your own safety and those out in the field. Understanding that a well-earned wage is no use if you cannot enjoy it.

Skills and competencies:

  • Ability to work within a variety of different programs and priorities
  • Excellent communication influence skills
  • Organised, resilient and adaptive
  • Team Player
  • Process driven
  • Self-motivated with ability to prioritise and work alone

Experience and qualifications:

  • Data analysis - experience extracting useful information and translate it into actionable objectives.
  • Industry knowledge within Kiwifruit, Horticulture or primary Industry an advantage, in particular with a current AvoGreen certificate.
  • Intermediate skills with GIS, phone apps, and Microsoft suite.
  • Data entry attention to detail
  • Full Drivers licence

At VLS, we work hard, and we have fun. Our brand attributes represent us and who we aspire to be: Founded on Relationships; Quality Obsession; Inspirational People; Growing Futures; Independently Ingenious; Safety Always.This is an exciting opportunity to join us at VLS. 

Please submit your application online by following the “apply now” button and submitting a cover letter and CV.

You must be eligible to work in NZ for this position.

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Part Time

Job no: LFAM30110

Location: Kerikeri

Closing Date: Thursday, 25 April 2024