For most entry level jobs in the horticultural industry no previous experience is required, but they most often have other requirements.

So, when applying for a job in the industry, make sure you have most of the requirements below and you will be definitely considered to be good candidate.

Most common requirements for entry level jobs in the horticultural industry:

  • Be reliable and puntual
  • You will have to be there on time, to start working at the same time as everyone else – as a team.

  • Be physically fit or healthy
  • Horticulture work can be heavy and physically demanding. Having good health conditions and being able to lift a bit of weight (up to 15kg) is not mandatory, but recommended.

  • Must have a NZ work visa, working holiday visa or residency visa
  • You must have the right to work in New Zealand.
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  • Your own car (optional)
  • Orchards are usually located about 30 minutes away from the city; in most cases you go by yourself, with your own car. Some contractors offer a van or arrange groups to travel together and share petrol costs.

  • Be committed to the job for a certain number of weeks
  • Contractors need to create teams in order to get the job done in time. People who can’t commit to a certain number of weeks make it complicated for them to build up a team and plan the work to be done.

  • Be available for at least five days a week, for eight hours a day
  • Some jobs are part-time, some others you stay ‘on-call’ so they will call you whenever needed.

  • Enjoy working outside
  • Depending on the job, you may be required to work under rain, wind or sun. Remember to bring sunscreen.

Quick Tip:

Keep in mind: Weather can affect working hours. Most jobs can't be done under heavy rain. In this situation, workers usually stay home 'on-call' until the orchard gets dry to start the job.