It’s a career and a lifestyle!
Considering a career change? Dairy farming offers a diverse range of roles and great pathways for career progression. With around 12,000 farm businesses employing over 34,000 people on farm there is plenty of opportunity. Come and join us!
Match my skills
Many of your existing skills may be transferable to a dairy role.
Check out our dairy farming roles page to see what might suit you.
Being motivated and willing to learn are the most important things.
There’s plenty of opportunity to grow your career.
Thomas Chatfield, Contract Milker
“I love being outside, I love working with the animals and I love the variety. I was a physiotherapist and between jobs, so I helped a friend on farm. Six years later here I still am and loving it.”
Contact one of our careers advisers through the form below or call us direct on 0800 4 DAIRYNZ.
Free farm ready training
DairyNZ is offering a ‘farm ready’ entry-level training course for career changers who are serious about a farming career.
Training starts from 8 June 2020. Register your interest and get farm ready.
On-the-job training and qualifications
Dairy farmers continue to learn from other farmers and take courses and attend discussion groups while they work.
Courses while in work are through providers such as Primary ITO, Dairy Training, regional polytechnics and training providers. You can complete extramural study for an agricultural-related certificate, diploma, or degree.
Discuss with potential future employers what they’ll offer in terms of formal and informal (on-the-job) training, and if any extramural study will be supported.
NEW ZEALAND DAIRY FARMERS ARE WORLD LEADING IN ANIMAL CARE AND PASTURE-BASED FARMING. Farmers PROUDLY LEAD THE WAY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
Helpful employee links
Visit DairyNZ’s employee section to look for a job, accommodation, job tips and know your rights.
DairyNZ is an organisation that, through research, events, services, education and policy, works with dairy farmers to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. New Zealand dairy farmers pay DairyNZ a levy to support them.