Apprentice Groundsperson

Massey University

  • Campus Services – MW
  • University Services
  • Palmerston North

University Services
Term length: fixed-term
Hours of work: full-time

Position Overview

For more than 95 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. It’s forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey one of New Zealand’s leading universities.
Amongst its many service functions, Estates Management is focused on maintaining and operating the amenities, buildings, and grounds at Massey’s three campuses. The service plays vital roles in contributing to a positive student and staff experience, enabled by a renowned, aesthetically pleasing and functional physical environment and high-profile sports grounds and facilities.  

Within Estates Management, the Campus Services Grounds team based at the Manawatū campus in Palmerston North, has an exciting opportunity for twoApprentice Grounds Persons to join our team – one in Turf Management and the other in Horticulture. While developing considerable on-site knowledge and skills, each apprentice would undertake and gain a NZ Level 5 qualification in the respective disciplinary area.

If you enjoy working outdoors with your hands and are seeking a career in either Turf Management or Amenity Horticulture, then we welcome your application of either or both apprenticeship opportunities. 

To be successful you must have:

•    A passion for working outdoors and entering a career in Turf Management or Horticulture
•    Minimum of NCEA Level 2 English and Mathematics
•    A strong desire to learn and gain an industry qualification
•    A clean New Zealand driver’s licence
•    Ability to demonstrate a passion for growing plants, or field sport experience is desirable.
•    Driven by high level personal and professional standards

 In addition to salary, Massey also offers:  

•    Up to 6.75% employer contribution to the UniSaver Superannuation Scheme
•    Five university holidays per year in addition to your annual leave
•    Subsidised Southern Cross Healthcare plan for you and your family
•    Special staff rates available for campus gym membership
•    Staff purchasing privileges and discounts at many commercial and retail businesses across NZ.
•    Access to a wonderful on-Campus crèche /day care facilities for dependents of staff on our Manawatū and Auckland campuses
•    Comprehensive professional development and training programmes 

Please indicate which apprenticeship you are applying for in your application.

If you are ready to join the Campus Services Grounds team, keeping our university a stunning place to work, play and study, then apply now.

Applications will be reviewed and we reserve the right to appoint prior to the role closing for the preferred candidate.

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