Horticulturist- Irrigation & Nutrition


Costa is Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables. We nurture our people, cultivate our growing sites and invest in ongoing research and development.

All of the products we grow and sell are fresh, nutritious, unprocessed and grown on our very own farms or those of our partner growers. The Costa Berry Category is at the forefront of genetic growing and innovation. We export to some of the most demanding markets in the world, so food safety is paramount. In all that we grow, we are committed to sustainable production and growing.

People are at the heart of the Costa business and across our regions we are a major employer with more than 6,000 workers during our peak seasons.

The FNQ team are looking for an experienced professional to join in the role of Horticulturist- Irrigation & Nutrition in their Horticulture team. This role reports to the Horticulture Manager and is responsible for the day to day agronomical management of blueberry growing systems with a focus on maintaining plant health and function.

This role is based on the picturesque Atherton Tablelands, just a stone’s throw away from Cairns https://www.athertontablelands.com.au/

About the role: 

  • Primary focus on irrigation and nutrition
  • Involvement in areas of crop productions such as: trial work, planning, canopy management, research and development projects and pest and disease
  • Coordination of horticultural activities
  • Management and education of people within horticultural activities
  • Monitor, report and make decisions on daily hydroponic nutrition requirements including
  • EC and pH management.
  • Manage data analysis - collect samples and conduct tests.
  • Report and communicate all monitoring and trial results, findings and recommendations to
  • the HM.
  • Support, monitor and manage budget requirements, adhering to financial requirements
  • and schedules as directed by HM and Regional Manager. Track financial performance
  • regularly to ensure compliance with budgetary requirements.
  • Have a general involvement and awareness in all cultural farm operations
  • Salary commensurate with experience, with a range of $70 to $80k with a tool of the trade vehicle provided

About you:

To be successful in this role you will have demonstrated experience in a similar role.

In addition, you should have;

  • Relevant experience (within blueberry crops is beneficial but not essential)
  • Willingness to get out into the field and be involved in day-to-day operations
  • Ability to take responsibility and make things happen
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to influence and work alongside people- strong people management skillset
  • Ability to foresee upcoming issues
  • Ability to take direction and work autonomously
  • A drive for continuous improvement of processes and systems

Costa is seeking applicants who can demonstrate their behaviour in line with the Costa Values https://costagroup.com.au/about-us/values/

Once you have submitted your application, please keep an eye on your emails (including your junk/spam folder) as that is the primary way that we will contact you.


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Full time

Job no: IRAI00573

Location: Walkamin, Atherton/Mareeba

Category: Berries

Closing Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020