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

Graduate Policy Advisors, Regional (Two Roles -  Hamilton and Dunedin)

Fantastic opportunity for self-starters with exemplary written and verbal communications skills, and a genuine interest in farming.

  • National organisation
  • Highly engaged, committed team
  • Two vacancies -  Hamilton and Dunedin

Federated Farmers has an exciting opportunity for career focused Graduates to join our highly engaged Regional Policy Team. Committed to supporting rural communities and the agricultural industry in New Zealand, Federated Farmers has a long and proud history of providing support to farming families and leaders within the industry.

You will be assisting in research and contributing towards policy analysis, submissions, advice and advocacy, aimed at favourably influencing the outcomes of regional policy, particularly environmental policy and Resource Management Act, impacting Federated Farmers of New Zealand members.

You will be upskilled by:

  • Assisting with the analysis of proposed district and regional plans and progressing through the submission process;
  • Learning to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Broadening range of written communication skills

This is a supportive environment to learn effective advocacy skills. The scope of being involved in the planning process from beginning to end will help with your career.
If you would like to secure a role that will place you very well for the future.

For a position description and application form please contact Gillian Bright, HR Manager  Apply including a cover letter and your CV detailing your reasons for applying.

Senior Policy Advisor / Policy Advisor (Dunedin or Invercargill based)

  • Flexible hours to achieve work/life balance
  • Are you sick of the corporate treadmill? 
  • Do you want a fulfilling and challenging role where you can build and maintain relationships, as well as lead Federated Farmers through the Resource Management Act (RMA) processes in your region?
  • Do you want to apply your skills, such as RMA planning, in a stimulating and rewarding environment?  

Federated Farmers is the highly influential national voice of rural New Zealand, representing farmers who help generate over 50% of New Zealand’s exports. Federated Farmers role is invaluable to the rural sector, wider community and to our economy.  

You will be part of ensuring that Federated Farmers is recognised as a leader in evidence based policy and RMA processes.

We are recruiting for a Senior Policy Advisor / Policy Advisor to join our Regional Policy and Advocacy team. The successful candidate will be appointed to either Senior Policy Advisor or Policy Advisor position, dependent on your level of experience. This position will be based in either Dunedin or Invercargill.

If you recognise that the primary industry is at the heart of the New Zealand economy and you have a strong understanding of the RMA and the business of farming, here is an opportunity you should not miss.  

Preferred Experience:
  • With the RMA, primary or science sector, legal, government or a related industry.

Your skill set should include:
  • Ability to develop relationships with farmers, government and stakeholder groups.
  • Willingness to take on new challenges
  • Competently analyse policies and RMA plans, write reports and provide sound technical advice
  • Work on a range of issues predominately relating to environmental and regional policy.

  • Preferably from an RMA planning background, but those with qualifications in law, agriculture, policy, science or a related discipline are also encouraged to apply.

The position is a full time role based in Dunedin or Invercargill. 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

Applications close Friday 15 November 2019

For a copy of the position descriptions and an application form please contact:
Gillian Bright
HR Manager