Silver Fern Farms

Agricultural & Horticultural

At Silver Fern Farms we’re all about Creating Goodness from the Farms the World Needs.

Who are we?

Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s market leader in quality red meat production with customers in over 60 countries around the world.

We are all about Creating Goodness from the Farms the World Needs. Creating goodness is about taking a broader view of what goodness means and how we can create it and the impact it can have. That Goodness is created through the skills and expertise of our People, and our Farmer suppliers, to deliver quality products to consumers in over 60 countries around the globe. ‘Goodness’ is also about being good to people and communities, animal welfare, and showing care and respect for the environment.

Why choose a future with Silver Fern Farms?

A career at Silver Fern Farms can take you almost anywhere you want to go. As a Global Food Marketing business, we offer a huge range of opportunities across Agri-Business, Operations, Food Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing, Technology, Food Quality and the Environment, plus heaps more in the wider business.

Silver Fern Farms offers you the opportunity to shape and build your career pathway, empowering you to step up and help shape the future of food.

Are you ready to reach your full potential with a global food marketing business? Click here to see all our current vacancies!


Food Manufacturing

Are you ready to start learning and earning your way to a bright future with Silver Fern Farms?

There’s more to a career in food manufacturing than you might expect. If you’re on the look-out for an opportunity to be part of something meaningful and build a successful career, we have various career pathways, starting with entry-level jobs needing no experience, with  development opportunities into quality control, health and safety, and leadership roles.

We also have opportunities for those studying or looking for temporary work. Join the team at one of our 14 sites in New Zealand and earn some good money while also developing your skills.


Not only will you be working with an awesome team of workmates, we also offer:

  • Discounted staff meat sales
  • Competitive pay rates
  • On-the-job training and opportunities for development
  • GROW coaching programme
  • Ability to complete relevant NZQA qualifications
  • Wellbeing programmes – including Good Yarn, EAP counselling, and some medical checks
  • Free transport to some locations
  • Locations all across New Zealand offer opportunities to move as you do
  • All your gear and PPE is provided
  • Digital discounts at selected local retailers
  • Whānau and community days to stay connected

We have a variety of roles, including butchers, boners, trimmers, quality assessors, packers, pelt graders, freezer hands, forklift drivers, cleaners, and general labourers.

We also have a number of trades roles and can support you through your apprenticeship with training, mentorship and on-the-job experience. Whether you’re studying to become a Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Electrician, or Services Engineer our site-based roles could be right for you.

If you are studying and looking for summer work, then come earn some good cash with a summer role at one of our 14 Sites across New Zealand.

Ready to enjoy a fast-paced environment working with supportive teammates who want to do a great job every day? Click here to view all jobs.

Livestock Talent Programme

Are you keen to put your passion for agriculture into action? Over the next few years, you could be working your way to becoming a Livestock Representative.

Our Livestock Talent Programme will help you kick-start a bright agricultural career where you will learn, develop and build your skillset on the job, and be provided with development and mentorship opportunities to support you to grow your career and become a Livestock Rep.

With us, you’ll get more than a new job, you’ll get an exciting career and the opportunity to partner with New Zealand farmers to help shape the future of food for all of us.

Applications for the Livestock Talent Programme will open in July!

Learn more about building your career to become a Livestock Rep.

Graduate Career Programme

Where to from here? Chances are that’s a question you’ve been asking yourself as the transition from study to work fast approaches. Where can you continue to learn; where will you be inspired and empowered to grow? And importantly, where can you do something good – something that drives and delivers positive change for the world?

Our Graduate Career Programme is made up of multiple placements tailored to your development. Each placement will see you working across different business units, potentially in a variety of regions across New Zealand.

Through structured learning, hands-on projects, continuous feedback and mentorship, the Silver Fern Farms Graduate Career Programme will give you the chance to grow and have an impact while setting you up for success. Bring your energy, enthusiasm and innovative ideas and together let’s meet the future of our industry head on.

Applications for the 2024 Graduate Career Programme will open in late-May.

Learn more about how the Silver Fern Farms Graduate Career Programme could work for you.

Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships

Are you ready to create goodness and help shape the future of global food? Then our Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarship could be right for you.

We’re here to meet the future of our industry head on, but we’ll need inspired thinkers with the drive to make real change to get us there. We’re after motivated students looking ahead towards the challenges facing our sector and already thinking up ideas for how to tackle them.

Silver Fern Farms awards six annual $5,000 scholarships to students currently studying towards a recognised qualification and looking to develop their career within the global food sector.

  • 6 x $5,000 scholarships towards study
  • Opportunity to attend our Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture Conference

Applications are now closed for 2023.

Learn more and check out the application criteria.


There are currently no jobs available

Unfortunately there are currently no positions available at Silver Fern Farms, please check back soon.