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Salmon Harvester – Stewart Island

Posted: 7.04.2022 | Stewart Island | Full time

Are you interested in a full-time role working on Stewart Island – Rakiura ‘the land of glowing skies’?  Our Big Glory Salmon farm is located in one of New Zealand’s national parks with the natural beauty of the sea, bush and wildlife.

Together at Sanford we are proud of our extensive seafood history and our position as New Zealand’s largest integrated fishing and aquaculture business. Our vision is Leadership in New Zealand Seafood, achieving this through a values led approach of care, passion, integrity and achieving together in all that we do.

On a good day this is one of the most beautiful places you can be – however, the work involves being open to the elements and all that nature may throw.  The work is physical, so a good level of fitness and strength is required.

We have a number of positions available working either 7 days on/7 off, or 5 days on/2 off Sunday to Thursday.  Travel is provided to and from the mainland, and accommodation options are available.


About the role:

The main purpose of the role is to harvest salmon for transportation to our processing factory in Bluff.  You’ll also support the wider salmon farming operations in a range of aquaculture activities eg. supporting the grading and movement of stock.


What do I need to be successful in this role?

We’re on the lookout for candidates who may have previous experience in:

Working on vessels

  • Working outdoors
  • Knife handling
  • Working as part of a small team

Also, previous aquaculture experience would be an advantage, however full training will be provided for the right people.

Health and Safety is key to everyone who works for Sanford, so if you apply for this role you need to demonstrate a clear commitment to this.


What we can offer you:

  • A full time position
  • Working within the Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island
  • An opportunity to join the growing Aquaculture industry


If you’re passionate about the outdoors and believe you’re up to the challenge, please forward a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and background.

For consideration you will need to be eligible to work in New Zealand.  As part of our recruitment process pre-employment checks may include criminal history check, drug and alcohol testing and a medical assessment. You will also be required to be fully vaccinated via the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccination, or any other vaccine approved for use in New Zealand by the Ministry of Health to protect a person against Covid-19.

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