Situations Vacant


Assistant Farm Manager (2IC)

Date published: November 30, 2019

Assistant Farm Manager required for 1300 cow farm in the Mayfield area.

Responsibilities will include, milking cows, general farm duties, pasture and irrigation management, good animal health knowledge and the ability to work within a team environment.

Must have at least three years dairy experience, excellent pasture knowledge, be able to pass a drug test, have a drivers licence, own vehicle and clean criminal record.

We offer:
• A good roster of 6/2 and 7/3 throughout the year
• Three bedroom home
• 80 bale rotary with ACRs
• Proactive in training

All enquiries to 027 493 9126.



Date published: November 30, 2019

The Ashburton Guardian has a great opportunity for a reporter with several years’ experience in the newsroom of a daily newspaper who wants to take their career to the next level.

We are a small news team, working in a fast paced environment. As a member of our team your daily workload could include anything from breaking news to community news and everything in between. Your working day will be varied and no two days will be the same.

The person we are seeking will be a highly motivated self-starter who can produce several stories each day, both from their own rounds and from their contacts within the community. You will have a passion for news and must be able to produce fast, accurate and engaging copy.

For the right person, there could be an opportunity to move into a more senior role in our news team.

We offer the successful applicant an opportunity to live in a progressive district with a wide range of sport and cultural facilities, easy access to some of New Zealand’s best skiing, tramping and aquatic activities and affordable housing.

The new member of our news team must hold a current driver’s licence and must relocate to Ashburton.

If this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for to further your career, contact Matt Markham, Ashburton Guardian.

Please email application and CV to Matt Markham:


Dairy Farm Opportunity

Date published: November 30, 2019

We are looking for someone who would be interested in either Relief Milking or a Permanent position to assist with management and milking of 500 cows, 10 minutes from Ashburton.

Experience preferred.

Must be NZ resident and a driving licence is essential.

Further opportunities available if applying for a permanent position.

For more information, please contact Andrew 027 351 3252.


Waitaha Primary Health – Board Member

Date published: November 30, 2019

The Ashburton District Council is looking for an advocate of public health to represent our District as a Board Member for Waitaha Primary Health, formally the Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation.

Expressions of interest are being sought from people who have the necessary skills to join the board. You’ll be an active member of our community who can demonstrate a commitment and understanding of public health while having strong strategic and financial skills.

This is a rare opportunity to show your commitment to our district by using your expertise in this important role at a board level.

To find out more about this vacancy and what the Ashburton District Council has to offer you – go to our website:

Expressions of interest close Sunday, 15 December 2019.


Learning Support Assistant – Student Learning Support Unit

Date published: November 27, 2019

‘Individual Excellence in a Supportive Learning Environment’

Learning Support Assistant – Student Learning Support Unit

Support (both educational and personal cares) of students with high to very high learning and physical needs.

This is a fixed-term, term-time only position for the 2020 school year, for commencement 4 February 2020.

Hours: 29 hours per week, to be confirmed with successful applicant.

Employment is under the Support Staff in School’s Collective Agreement, Grade B.

Initial payment step commensurate with experience.

Applications close noon, Friday 6 December 2019

Information package enquiries and applications please contact:
Jodee Ross, Principal’s Secretary
Phone (03) 308 4193 ext 809


Cleaning Team Member Required

Date published: November 27, 2019

‘Individual Excellence in a Supportive Learning Environment’

  • Cleaning Team Member Required

This is a fixed-term (maternity cover) position to commence 3 February 2020.

Our cleaning team works Monday to Friday from 3.05pm to 5.20pm during school term time.

The team ensures our facilities are maintained to a high standard.

Successful applicants will display self-motivation, attention to detail and reliability.

All successful applicants must undertake Police vetting requirements.

Previous experience, including operation of a floor buffer, is desirable but not necessary.

Applications close noon, Friday 6 December 2019

Submitted by way of e-mail to:
Jodee Ross, Principal’s Secretary, at


Canteen Manager

Date published: November 27, 2019

‘Individual Excellence in a Supportive Learning Environment’

  • Canteen Manager

We are seeking a well organised person to lead our canteen team.

Experience in food handling is required.

The successful applicant will preferably hold a formal qualification.

Hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 2.30pm during school term time, to commence late January 2020.

Successful applicants will display self-motivation, attention to detail and reliability.

All successful applicants must undertake Police vetting requirements.

Applications close noon, Friday 6 December 2019

Submitted by way of e-mail to:
Jodee Ross, Principal’s Secretary at



Date published: November 27, 2019

Required for busy, property maintenance company.

Variety of work – repairs, renovations etc.

Hours to suit, open to options, full-time or casual.

Phone Shane on 307-7071


Trainee Sock (Hosiery) Technicians

Date published: November 27, 2019

Are you looking to build a rewarding career without having to have a degree or pay for one?! This position could suit a school leaver wanting to start and build a career in a growing industry. Or maybe you are seeking a career change that offers long term security, opportunities for further development, and earning potential?

We are seeking an energetic team player to join our innovative team. You will need to be willing to undertake training to learn all aspects of the role, be physically fit, with a keen eye for detail.

As a Trainee Sock (Hosiery) Technician, you will undergo a full in-house training program which will enable you to understand all documentation and procedures, learn how to thread up and remove yarn cones from our bank of knitting machines.

Your keen eye for detail will ensure that production quality is in line with specifications and samples, learning how to identify and rectify knitting faults, and identify and repair processing errors.

You will learn how to maintain our bank of knitting machines during production and perform preventative maintenance/repairs to improve the performance and safety of the equipment.

Over time you will be able to take styles and designs from concept to prototype and production ready styles, whilst using the appropriate yarns and raw materials.

Preferred skills, values and behaviours:
• Good English language/literacy skills and can apply basic mathematics
• Basic computer skills
• Knowledge and ability to use basic mechanical tools
• A quick learner with the ability to ask questions
• An honest hardworking team player with a can-do attitude
• Good reliable timekeeper

Previous textile or sock industry experience is not essential; as full training and support will be given to those who show an interest in learning the industry
This position is shift-based, shifts can/will change from time to time. The flexibility of working both day and night shifts is necessary for the successful candidate.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Please apply with your CV, 2 Employment references and a cover letter to:
Tina Moore
General Manager

P O Box, 179, Ashburton


Plain Museum Trust –Seeking Community Representatives

Date published: November 27, 2019

Council is seeking to appoint two community representatives to the Plains Museum Trust. Vacancies have arisen due to resignations and expressions of interest are now being sought from people with the necessary skills to join the Trust.

Plains Museum Trust is responsible for developing the Plains Museum precinct as a venue for the Ashburton District’s heritage and craft organisations; a visitor attraction where a collaborative approach is used to promote the preservation of heritage items and craft skills.

To apply, please submit your letter of interest to:
Paul Brake, Ashburton District Council, PO Box 94, Ashburton 7740


Applications close Wednesday 4 December 2019.


Seeking: Director,
Musical Director Choreographer

Date published: November 23, 2019

2020 Annual Production

MCCT invite applications for the above position(s) the rehearsal period is for the duration of the 2020 school 3rd term (from July 19) and includes the first week of the school holidays at the end of term 3 (September 25) with show dates being October 2, 3, and 4, 2020.

Next Year’s musical is currently being finalised.

You will be working with students between the ages of 7 and 18.

Casting for the show will take place at the end of June.

Please email if you require any further information.

A letter stating skills and experience for the position must be e mailed to :
Trena Watt MCCT Secretary at

No later than Monday, December 2, 2019



Date published: November 23, 2019

Required for milking in January 2020.

Experience preferred.

10 mins from Ashburton.

Phone 027 262 6288.



Date published: November 23, 2019

We are now recruiting for responsible people with excellent driving skills.

If you are well presented, professional and able to deliver a high standard of customer service, we would love to hear from you.

Our drivers cover school bus runs, charter tours and shuttle work. Casual hours are available also.

Full training will be provided, if you do not currently hold a class 2 licence and/or P endorsement, we are happy to assist with you obtaining.

School bus drivers play an integral part in our community. If you are looking for just a few hours work a day, this may be something you might like to talk to us about, if you have children, they are allowed to travel on the bus and join you for the ride too!

Call the Methven Travel office on 302 8106 to find out more, or email


Truck Driver

Date published: November 23, 2019

Canterbury Dried Foods are proud to produce some of the world’s finest dehydrated herb and vegetable leaf products. We grow our crops, harvest and transport to our unique facility and dehydrate, classify and package ready for shipment.

We are looking for class 3 or class 5 truck drivers to join our team for the harvest season –January 4, 2020 to May 30, 2020.

The following experience would be beneficial:
Ag Harvesting •Tractor •Forklift License

We require someone with flexibility around hours on a 6 and 2 roster and would consider casual or part time hours for the right person.

You must have a Valid New Zealand class 3 or class 5 license.

Any inquires please HR Manager – Lyn Foord (0223260883) or email



Date published: November 20, 2019

We require a motivated person to join our team, primarily to work in the sawmill as a Green Table Hand.
This position involves sorting timber and stacking in packs for removal from the Mill.
This is a full time position (45hrs/week) where reliability is a must.

Please apply in person to:
Adams Sawmilling Co Ltd.
24 Malcolm McDowell Road Ashburton


Plant Operator – Nightshift – Ashburton

Date published: November 18, 2019

PGG Wrightson Seeds is one of New Zealand’s leading arable industry businesses. The business operates throughout New Zealand and Australia and provides products and services to arable growers, livestock producers and to food and feed manufacturers.

We are currently seeking a Plant Operator to work as part of our night shift team, at our seed cleaning facility in Ashburton.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Seed dressing machine operation
• Preparing seed for customers
• Calculating mixes for seed blends
• Ensuring compliance standards are met

Skills and experience:
• A good level of maths, reading and writing is essential
• Experience in the grain and seed (or similar) industry would be
an advantage but is not essential
• Some engineering/maintenance skills would also be an
advantage but is not essential
• Good attention to detail
• Ability to work without supervision

Onsite training in plant operation will be provided and you will be required to complete training in confined spaces, at heights training and to obtain a forklift licence (if not already held). Please note you will be required to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.

To obtain a full position description or to apply for this position (with your CV and cover letter), please email
or call into the PGG Wrightson Seeds site, corner Thomson Street and Fords Road, Ashburton.


Part Time and Full-Time Positions

Date published: November 18, 2019

Highbank Seeds Ltd seeks applicants to work alongside us in our Seed Cleaning facility.

Both part time and full-time positions available starting January 2020.

Duties include the operation of the seed cleaning plant, including intake and distribution of seed. Shift work would be required throughout the season.

Full training can be provided however, experience would be preferred, including a forklift licence and experience operating tele handler.

Job requires a reasonable level of fitness.

Opportunity for the right candidate for further development and to develop a career in the industry.

Competitive remuneration for the right applicant.

Email applications including a cover letter, CV with references to:

For more information or if you have further questions please call:
Johnny – 027 253 0147