Dairy Farm Assistant - LURDF

Farm Management and Labour Other, New Zealand


The Lincoln University Research Dairy Farm consists of 55 ha of irrigated land and is currently milking 200 cows seasonally. 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.

We have a great opportunity for someone to join our team as a dairy farm assistant.  For us, attitude is everything so if you are keen to develop a career in dairy farming, and have a positive attitude and willingness to learn, we want to talk to you today. 

The farm is owned by Lincoln University but you don’t need any qualifications to be considered for this role. If you’re the right person, we’ll invest in you with providing both on the job and industry-related training, coupled with a supportive team environment.

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.

This role may be right for you if you:

  • Ideally have 1-2 years experience as a dairy farm assistant, although we are open to a keen new starter
  • Have a NZ full drivers licence, or are currently eligible to get one
  • Have good communication and listening skills
  • Have a good level of initiative
  • Have good problem solving skills
  • Are not afraid to ask questions
  • Have a good focus on health and safety in the workplace

This is a rostered positon with a 7/2, 7/2, 7/3 roster pattern.

We invest a lot in our farm staff which means they are in high demand in the industry when it comes to taking their next career step. If this appeals to you, lets talk.

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 27,000 sqm joint facility, in partnership with AgResearch), 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. 

This role offers a competitive salary, housing allowance and clothing allowance, based in the country but close to the city so lots of opportunities to still enjoy the good things in life.

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter.

For more information, please refer to the position description here or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312. Enquiries may be made directly to Helen Hague, Farm Manager, on  02102486960.

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