Mussel Farmer - Stewart Island

Location: Invercargill, Invercargill City, Southland
Job Type: Temporary
Reference: 200200622_1623628692
Salary: Allowances

AWF are seeking someone who's keen to take on board an opportunity that very few people get.

Our client who is a very well established fishing and aquaculture business operating throughout NZ, they operate a modern and efficient salmon and mussel farming operations out of Stewart Island and are looking for some great people to join their current team and help them continue to deliver the best New Zealand seafood to their customers here and throughout the world.

About the role

This role involves a variety of different task throughout the farms there are the day-to-day activity is taking part in the harvest which largely involves removing ropes for the water, removing mussels from them and acking these for transport to the processing facility. But the role also involves a large amount of housekeeping and various other tasks to ensure the farms are in the absolute best condition possible. You will be paid for a minimum of an 8 hour day each day you work. The work is physically very demanding and require someone who is fit and strong to be successful.

Through this role you'll leave Bluff early on Sunday morning and return Thursday afternoon, during this time you will be provided fully equipped accommodation on Stewart Island with everything you might need. The work and the accommodation is isolated and you'll share a house with others from on the farm but if you need to be surrounded by lots of people this might not be for you.

Mussel farms are on the water and this is outdoor work, you will see some marvellous weather and some that is less ideal (sometimes all in the same day). Due to this experience working in the outdoors, or an affinity for the outdoors, is essential.

This is a temporary role however there is potential for it to become permanent for the right person.

About the business

AWF are part of New Zealands largest resourcing and recruitment group. We operate right throughout NZ and work hard with our great clients to match them with equally great employees. Our clients are as dedicated to safety and well being of everyone on their sites as we are.

As an AWF employee you'll be provided with all of the required PPE to keep you safe on site, for this role that will include high end life jackets and wet weather gear to ensure that when you sail on Sunday you also sail back on Thursday. You'll be entitled to all of the normal entitlements of

Throughout your assignment with us we will regularly catch up with you about your progress and provide you with support and hopefully a permanent role at the end of your placement through us, we love seeing our candidates end up with our clients permanently.

The mussel farms are well established and there are robust processes and systems to ensure that should anything go wrong help is there to ensure the best outcomes.

Our successful applicant

To be successful in this role you'll need to be fit and able to follow instructions of the team around them, prior experience in aquaculture isn't essential however, a great attitude is. You'll be working and living with the other workers so we need people that are able to fit into a team well.

You will need to be able to get yourself Bluff early on Sunday morning so a drivers licence and car is needed.

Ideally you'll have prior work experience in the outdoors and if not you'll partake in outdoor activities in your free time, this isn't the best role to cut your teeth in if you're not used to being outside, especially in the winter.

In addition to the above you'll need the following to be successful;

- The ability to pass pre-employment checks including; drugs/alcohol/criminal history

- The right to work in New Zealand and relevant documentation to prove it

- The ability to lift up to 25kg's regularly

If this is you and you're keen to take on a challenging, but rewarding role, with a great company that truely cares for their people then apply today because we want to hear from you.

You can apply by clicking apply below, by emailing your application to, by coming into our Invercargill office located at 19 Yarrow Street, or by calling the AWF Invercargill office on 03 214 0388 (free phone 0800 88 88 60). We don't care how you do but if you want work then contact AWF today!