Work for Federated Farmers

At Federated Farmers we are always looking for motivated, suitably experienced people to join our team. 

While we may not have immediate vacancies we are always keen to talent spot.

If you want to make a genuine difference in New Zealand's largest and most dynamic industry and bring experience and/or the qualifications to match, we are keen to hear from you.

Current vacancies

Industry Coordinator: Arable

  • Are you passionate about farming and the primary sector?
  • Do you have knowledge and understanding of Arable farming and the wider Arable sector?
  • Is the success of Arable farming important to you?

Federated Farmers of NZ is looking for a person to join our organisation to help us to champion the Arable sector. With a plenty of variety, you will use your skillset to coordinate the work of Federated Farmers Arable Council. The role will have you working with key people in the sector, organising and managing meetings and projects, engaging with farmers, corporates, and event organisers and assisting us in our important engagement with government officials and politicians. You will be one of our champions and the go to person for our Arable Industry Group internally and externally.

You will need drive and determination to coordinate key activities and initiatives with strong engagement skills to keep all stakeholders aware of what is going on in the industry and the confidence to keep our Industry group focussed. If you have current or previous on-farm experience this will be an advantage.
This is your opportunity to make this newly developed role your very own. Working with Federated Farmers dedicated staff, connecting across the Provinces, supporting Federated Farmer’s highly influential national voice of rural New Zealand and work with us to champion Arable farming.

We are looking for someone with the following skills:
  • A strong knowledge of the Arable farming or associated sectors
  • On-farm connections
  • Drive and determination
  • Self-motivated and organised
  • Able to develop and maintain relationships
  • Superb communication skills - both verbally and written
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to work equally well with a team or on your own
  • Exceptional organisation skills
  • Strong computer skills

We are flexible with the role location and hours (up to 20 hrs per week).

So, if you’re considering a return to work or you’ve got extra time between the kids and farm work and looking for your next challenge, this role might be just what you’re looking for.

For a copy of the position description and an application form please contact Gillian Bright on email

Applications close 5pm, Monday 2 May 2022.

Executive Assistant (EA) to CEO and National President 

  • Exciting opportunity
  • National organisation
  • Central Wellington location
Federated Farmers is New Zealand’s leading independent rural advocacy organisation. The Federation’s aim is to add value to the business of farming for our members and encouraging sustainability through good management practice. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Executive Assistant to join the team in our central Wellington offices. The role is to provide executive assistance to the CEO and National President. Office management of the Wellington office will also be required.

To be successful, you will be an experienced EA and will show a high proficiency using Microsoft Office applications. You will demonstrate the ability to work independently and be highly proactive in your approach. 

If you are a self-starter, have a high level of discretion and confidentiality with a professional attitude then please apply.

You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand.

If you wish to receive a copy of the job description, please contact Gillian Bright on

Applications close on Monday 2 May 2022.

Manager Regional Policy 

  • Make a difference for our farmers
  • Be part of the biggest non-government resource management policy team

This role will have a focus on staff management, leading a regional policy team and reporting to the Group Manager Regional Policy that manages resource policy over the whole of New Zealand. There will be provincial liaison with delegated provinces ensuring high quality regional policy issues are resolved, identifying potential regional issues for submissions.

Working for a membership organisation, you will have a real sense of purpose and real opportunities to make a valued contribution to our farming communities. 

In this role you get to lead from the front and take ownership of your work. No silos or bureaucratic hierarchy here. 

This is an exciting and challenging time to be involved at the coalface of national resource management as well as regional and district plan development. Federated Farmers will give you the opportunity to be involved and lead processes from start to finish. You will be at the forefront of challenging and evolving reforms. You will work alongside some of the brightest, like-minded people (from a range of disciplines) who will value your intellect and commitment to seeing the job done. 

The role carries a weight of responsibility because you will want to do the very best for the farmers but with that comes job satisfaction in spades. And if you know farmers you can also look forward to enjoying their generous, hardworking, down-to-earth way of being. 

We are looking for:
Preferably with practical experience in the fields of resource management (e.g. policy, planning or legal) or water quality or local government along with experience acting for or working with farmers.  Your skills will include: 
  • staff management experience preferable. Ability to lead and manage group projects, and the ability to make sound decisions and follow them through.
  • bringing a team together with multiple disciplines to present a well-rounded and credible solution.
  • the ability to build and maintain relationships with farmers, government, iwi and stakeholder groups.
  • enthusiasm for new challenges and rock-steady determination to see an issue through to a resolution
  • the ability to provide sound and reasoned advice, analyse policies and resource management plans, write submissions and provide sound technical advice

You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand.

For a copy of the position description and an application form please contact Gillian Bright on email

Provincial Sales & Engagement Advisor 

 Federated Farmers of NZ (FFNZ) is the highly influential national voice of rural New Zealand.   
We are looking for a provincial sales and engagement advisor to join our team of seven advisors throughout New Zealand. 

  • Our Advisors have the opportunity to work in vibrant rural NZ
  • Be able to see our wonderful countryside
  • Work for a respected organisation 
Every week in this role is different, from day to day you will be out and about in your regions, communicating with our members and prospective members the value of Federated Farmers. From week to week you will turn your hand to organising local events, networking with other rural professionals and be able to communicate and talk all things farming. You will be a strategic thinker with the ability to analyse your own results, set goals and reflect on your own effectiveness and adapt to deliver results; keeping the farmer and local community in mind, ensuring Federated Farmers is current, respected and well represented. You will work alongside our extensive network of local representatives and policy team to develop a plan fit for each of your provinces/regions. 
This is a full time role, looking after North Waikato, Northland, Auckland and Hauraki-Coromandel so ideally based in the South Auckland.
Skills/Experience Preferred: 
  • Proven experience in agricultural roles
  • Experience creating sales plans and reports.
  • Confident in organising & facilitating rural events.
  • Proven ability to build relationships by adapting to the needs of the audience.
  • Positive, motivated and results driven.
  • Proven ability to prioritise work and manage time effectively.
  • A self-starter who is independent and shows initiative but also able to work with others in a team.
  • Excellent communication skills in both one on one and one to many situations
  • Shown to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Embrace technology to streamline workflow through systems. Able to learn new applications to help.  

You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand. 

For a copy of the position description and an application form please contact Gillian Bright on email

For a copy of the position descriptions and an application form please contact:
Gillian Bright
HR Manager
E:  The Federated Farmers style for staff and elected officials’ email addresses is – first initial e.g.