TUAROPAKI TRUST

1. JOB DESCRIPTION
POSITION: Inventory Technician
ORGANISATION: Tuaropaki Trust
LOCATION: Mokai, Taupo
REPORTING TO: Sustainability Centre Manager
FULLTIME/PART-TIME: Full time (work hours 8.00am to 5.00pm)

2. TUAROPAKI TRUST BACKGROUND
Tuaropaki is an Ahu Whenua Trust established by the Maori Land Court under the Te Ture Whenua
Maori Act (1993).  The Trust runs a diverse operation including geothermal electricity generation, temperature
controlled horticulture and dairy processing utilising the geothermal resource at Mokai, owned by
the Trust. Tuaropaki also has electrical design and services, pastoral farming, viticulture, horticulture
and telecommunication investments and operations.

3. MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB:
The position of Inventory Technician will contribute to the successful operation of the Heritage
Cultivars Bank at the Sustainability Centre.
The position is responsible for the accurate maintenance of the Heritage Cultivars Bank inventory,
including receiving, processing, recording and storing of heritage cuttings, seed & tuber material.
The role will require a variety of duties including botanical classification, database administration
and maintenance of files and records, and also contribute to accession protocols & propagation
planning.  The position will involve outdoor physical activity and the ability to work independently with
initiative, and also the ability to communicate and work effectively with other personnel relevant to
the business operation.

4. KEY TASKS
4.1 Position Objectives
- To carry out key tasks & other duties associated with maintaining the Heritage Cultivars
- To maintain the Heritage Cultivars bank inventory

4.2 Position Responsibilities & Key Tasks
- To undertake botanical classification, database administration and maintenance of files
- To assist and contribute to the annual propagation planning work-streams.
- To prepare cultivar germplasm/seed for storage.
- Provide assistance & support to other parts of the Sustainability Centre if required.
- To adhere and promote the Trust’s occupational health & safety and risk management
- Assist in developing storage & germination protocols for a diverse collection of plants
- Carryout banking procedures that include drying, packaging and assessing quality of
- Accurate & thorough receiving, processing, recording and storing of cuttings & seeds
- Working in close communication with the Propagation Technician regarding inventory
- Any other duties as required that are consistent with the position held or as required.

4.3 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Good communication & teamwork skills.
- Database administration & inventory management skills with a relevant botanical qualification.
- Ability to follow operational guidelines and carry out accurate onsite data recording
- Attendance at formal meetings and the provision of accurate and professional
- Commitment to ongoing personal development through agreed individual development

4.4 Other Desirable Attributes
- Previous experience & qualifications in curating collections or plant propagation.
- Current driver license.
- A positive attitude toward putting environmental sustainability into practice.
- Previous experience working within a Māori organisation with knowledge of tikanga
Māori

5. EXPECTED OUTCOMES
- The successful operation of the Heritage Cultivars Bank inventory & storage facility.
- Demonstration of a strong personal commitment to organisational excellence, honesty
- All tasks are completed on schedule and to a high standard;
- Effective working relationships with staff and clients are established and maintained;
- Confidentiality is maintained at all times; and
- The Inventory Technician is an effective member of the Sustainability Centre team.

6. RELATIONSHIPS
Directly responsible to: Sustainability Centre Manager
Functional relationships with: Organisation Trustees, owners, staff, visitors and suppliers

BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITY: Nil

 

1. JOB DESCRIPTION
POSITION: Propagation Technician
ORGANISATION: Tuaropaki Trust
LOCATION: Mokai, Taupo
REPORTING TO: Sustainability Centre Manager
FULLTIME/PART-TIME: Full time (work hours 8.00am to 5.00pm)

2. TUAROPAKI TRUST BACKGROUND
Tuaropaki is an Ahu Whenua Trust established by the Maori Land Court under the Te Ture Whenua
Maori Act (1993).
The Trust runs a diverse operation including geothermal electricity generation, temperature
controlled horticulture and dairy processing utilising the geothermal resource at Mokai, owned by
the Trust. Tuaropaki also has electrical design and services, pastoral farming, viticulture, horticulture
and telecommunication investments and operations.

3. MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE
The position of Propagation Technician will contribute to the successful operation of the Heritage
Cultivars Bank at the Ngaire George Sustainability Centre.
The position is responsible for ensuring the ongoing viability of the Heritage Cultivars Bank inventory
by systematic propagation of cuttings, seed & tuber material. The role will require a variety of duties
including botanical classification, preparation of growing beds & compost, & maintenance of files
and records, and also contribute to accession protocols & propagation planning
The position will involve outdoor physical activity and the ability to work independently with
initiative, and also the ability to communicate and work effectively with other personnel relevant to
the business operation.

4. KEY TASKS
4.1 Position Objectives
- To carry out key tasks & other duties associated with maintaining the Heritage Cultivars
- To maintain the Heritage Cultivars Bank propagation gardens & orchard through best
Bank propagation gardens & orchard

4.2 Position Responsibilities & Key Tasks
- To undertake botanical classification, preparation of growing beds & compost,
- Propagation of cuttings, seed & tuber material in accordance with the Heritage Cultivars
- To assist and contribute to the annual propagation planning work-streams.
- To prepare cultivar germplasm / seed for storage.
- Provide assistance & support to other parts of the Sustainability Centre if required.
- To adhere and promote the Trust’s occupational health & safety and risk management
- Assist in developing storage & germination protocols for a diverse collection of plants
- Carryout banking procedures that include drying, packaging and assessing quality of
- Working in close communication with the Inventory Technician regarding inventory &
- Any other duties as required that are consistent with the position held or as required by
maintenance of files and records, and also contribute to inventory planning.

4.3 Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Good communication & teamwork skills.
- Plant cuttings, seed & tuber cultivation & propagation skills with a relevant horticulture
- Physical fitness for carrying out practical work such as potting & weeding of plants,
- Ability to use irrigation & spray systems and work with different kinds of horti-chemical
- Ability to follow operational guidelines and carry out accurate onsite data and
- Attendance at formal meetings and the provision of accurate and professional
- Commitment to ongoing personal development through agreed individual development
&/or soil science qualification.

4.4 Other Desirable Attributes
- Previous experience & qualifications in commercial or community gardening &
- Current driver license.
- A positive attitude toward putting environmental sustainability into practice.
- Previous experience working within a Māori organisation with knowledge of tikanga Maori.

5. EXPECTED OUTCOMES
- The successful operation of the Heritage Cultivars Bank inventory & storage facility.
- Demonstration of a strong personal commitment to organisational excellence, honesty,
- All tasks are completed on schedule and to a high standard;
- Effective working relationships with staff and clients are established and maintained;
- Confidentiality is maintained at all times; and
- The Propagation Technician is an effective member of the Sustainability Centre team.

6. RELATIONSHIPS
Directly responsible to: Sustainability Centre Manager
Functional relationships with: Organisation Trustees, owners, staff, visitors and suppliers

BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITY: Nil

If interested please contact Mark Ross at Mark.Ross@tuaropaki.com