Dairy Farm Assistant - LURDF

Farm Management and Labour Other, New Zealand


As the longest-running agriculturally-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with farming, but it certainly doesn’t end there. As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres (including the new 27,000sqm joint facility, in partnership with AgResearch, commencing building soon), and a range of corporate service units, the Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff. 

The Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Lincoln University are on the hunt for a full time, permanent Dairy Farm Assistant to commence work as soon as possible at the Lincoln University Research Dairy Farm (LURDF).

The Lincoln University Research Dairy Farm consists of 55 ha of irrigated land and is currently milking 190 cows. Cows are milked in a 12 aside double up herringbone cowshed with the latest DeLaval milking systems.  The farm is run as a research unit on all aspects of dairy production with the objective of conducting research on dairy production systems.

Day to day tasks will vary but will likely be a mixture of milking, checking cows for mastitis and other issues, shed hygiene, shifting irrigation sprinklers, effluent management, feeding out and weed management. You will be part of a small team at the farm so being a team player is essential.

In order to be successful in this position you will have:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years’ experience as a farm assistant on a dairy farm, with experience in milking and cow management
  • The ability to follow defined procedures, to record data accurately and to maintain clear and concise records as records
  • An honest approach
  • Empathy with dairy farming essential
  • A full NZ drivers licence

Please apply online via the Lincoln University careers page with your CV and cover letter.

For further information regarding this position, please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312.

All applications must be received by 9:00am on Monday 10/12/18.

Lincoln University is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.