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Every day, we have 1,000 people across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world working towards a smart green future.




People are the heart of Plant & Food Research. They have passion for the work they do – whether they work in a field, lab or office – and want to make a difference to the world we live in. Our people are creative thinkers and active doers: they are driven to ask questions and solve problems.




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Working at Plant & Food Research

We’re always on the lookout for people with innovative ideas and skills to help us create the world’s most sustainable food systems. Those skills might be in research or in any one of the areas we need to keep our science moving, like growing plants in our orchards and managing our labs. We also have people working in all the key roles you’d expect in any successful organisation, such as finance, IT, marketing, people and culture, and customer management.

 We have people based at 14 sites across New Zealand and three sites in Australia. Many of our sites are based in key food production areas and our people are viewed as part of the local industry, regularly working with our customers and partners out in the field. We are also connected to universities and other education providers, with a number of our people sharing their knowledge through academic appointments.

Our people travel across New Zealand and the world to support customers in their key markets, attend professional conferences, and as part of our international development efforts.

What we offer

We want everyone at Plant & Food Research to have the right career for them. We provide opportunities for our people to develop their talents and abilities to be the best they can be, helping them move through the organisation in the way that best fits their skills and aspirations.

We also offer:

  • Superannuation matched up to 6%

  • Subsidised medical insurance

  • Up to five weeks’ annual leave

  • Paid parental leave

  • Leadership development.

The wellbeing of staff is important to us, and we’re committed to ensuring people have a positive work-life balance. We offer:

  • Wellbeing programmes

  • Flexible hours

  • Free eye tests and subsidy towards glasses

  • Free annual flu vaccinations

  • Employee Assistance programme, including free counselling.

For those currently based overseas who may wish to join us, Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand Immigration Accredited Employer.

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