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Research Farm Manager


Who we are

At AgResearch, our purpose is to use science to enhance the value, productivity, and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food, and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.  We are committed to the knowledge system of mātauranga Māori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.


The role and opportunity  

We are an intensive irrigated arable and finishing farm located in the beautiful area of Lincoln, Canterbury.

We are looking for a new Research Farm Manager to manage the day to day running of a complex but rewarding farm. This role could suit an experienced farm worker wanting to step up to a Farm Manager role.


What you will be doing

This is not just any farm. The AgResearch Lincoln Farm is a research farm that hosts trials for scientists and researchers including plant breeding, seed production and endophyte development. Therefore, this role requires someone who is actively hands on in the operations of the farm daily. You will work closely with the Farms Operations Manager and be responsible for but not limited to –


  • Fostering great relationships with science users through communication and delivering on expectations
  • Keeping great records and monitoring farm performance using FarmIQ and Farmax
  • Maintaining optimum animal welfare standards
  • Commit to best practise farming and ensure H&S is the highest priority
  • Managing financial and feed budgets
  • Buying and selling farm livestock
  • Planning and managing crops
  • Leading a team of 2.5 full time employees plus casuals
  • Ensure high level of service to all farm users.


Your ideal background


We are looking for a Farm Manager who has strong practical farming experience, who takes pride in presenting a tidy and well-run farm, who enjoys a mix of hands-on practical work and employing and developing their managerial skills. Experience in the following will be an advantage.

  • Irrigated Arable Farm systems - Cropping rotations, spray programmes and crop husbandry
  • Biosecurity and crop hygiene is a very important part of this role for seed production
  • Operation of general farm machinery incl. tractor, cultivation, drilling, spraying
  • Competent in the use of FarmIQ, Farmax, Tru Test and Microsoft Office
  • Sound knowledge of animal husbandry and a commitment to animal health and wellbeing
  • Strong people leadership skills and strong focus on H&S and staff wellbeing
  • Great customer relationship management
  • Environmental compliance management focused on sustainability and reducing emissions



Our Benefits 

AgResearch provide a diverse range of benefits including extensive flexible working options that help employees balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. You can view the full list here:  


A house can be made available if required


How to apply 

If this sounds like you, apply today on the link below with a covering letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position. 

To view the full position description for the role please click here


For further information contact Steve Lees on 027 2509 409 or


Applications close: Sunday 10 July 2022