Digger/Grader Operator

LeaderBrand Produce Ltd is one of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse horticultural businesses with operations located in Ashburton, Matamata, Pukekohe and home base in Gisborne. As a large scale farming operation we grow, pack, distribute and market a wide range of annual and permanent crops, as well as added value products for the domestic and export markets.


Based in sunny Gisborne you will be working alongside the farming team completing a wide range of land development and farm maintenance work.  Our continued growth creates exciting opportunities for our staff and also leads to new roles and opportunities for fresh ideas and expertise to join our team. 


We are looking for an experienced machine operator that can bring the following key skills;  


·         grader operation 

·         digger operation 

·         other earthworks including track/headland maintenance

·         willing and able to operate a range of older, new, hired and owned earthworks machinery

·         hold a current NZ Drivers’ Licence with correct License endorsements

·         has basic mechanical skills

·         an active problem solver

·         ability to understand and follow plans

·         energetic and physically fit

·         focus on quality outcomes

·         working with multiple stakeholders

·         owns a ‘can do’ attitude



This is a broad scope role which covers all aspects of our horticulture operation.  You will need to be able to think quickly on your feet, use your initiative, and make decisions to be able to get things done. This role also involves getting your hands dirty when needed.  Team engagement and participation is essential.

This is unique because;

·                     located close to town

·                     variety of work, from small simple through to large scale and industry leading

·                     reliable employment as part of being an essential service provider

We offer:

·         a full time role

·         awesome team mates

·         competitive hourly rates

·         training and support

·         staff benefits and rewards


To find out more call Onslow Martin on 021 444 478.


Please email your CV and cover letter to makauri@leaderbrand.co.nz to apply.

*The successful applicant will need to pass a drug and alcohol test as part of the pre-employment process.

This is a full time permanent role which requires a tractor operator, with experience using a range of vineyard machinery. Applicants will need to have proven machinery handling skills, strong practical ability and be prepared to assist with any role within the vineyard when required.
You will be involved in operating vineyard spray equipment so experience and a current Growsafe certificate would be beneficial but is not necessary as full training will be given.
You will have a can do attitude, good time management as well as the ability to work unsupervised. Flexibility and the willingness to work long hours at peak times of the year is a must.
We can offer exposure to a broad range of viticultural techniques and practices as well as a solid career path with the opportunity of advancement. Pay rates are competitive and will depend on the experience of the successful applicant.
If you believe you possess the skills required to join one of Gisborne’s leading viticulture businesses please forward your CV and letter of introduction to kylem@leaderbrand.co.nz