Harvest Planner

The Company
Aratu Forests Limited manages 35,000ha of FSC and PEFC certified pine plantations located within a 100km radius of their new Gisborne office. Our estate has phenomenal growth rates and crop health. It is mostly freehold and has been tended to a very high standard. As an organisation Aratu has a long-term view and has consistently harvested through the highs and lows of the export market providing a stable cut to base operations on. Aratu staff are provided a supportive work environment and are well equipped with up-to-date technology such as Drones, LiDAR data, high end GPS and survey tools.

The Location
Fancy living and working in a holiday destination? Gisborne is a well serviced, sunny town of 36,000 people. It’s a coastal town with easy access to both safe family beaches and renowned surf breaks. Gisborne has many good day-care’s, schools and a well serviced hospital. It has as plenty of active sports and cultural groups, two mountain bike parks, a weekly farmers market and a great community feel. Hunting and fishing opportunities are abundant in the Gisborne region and with personal use of a company vehicle and access to freehold forests there’s lots to explore.

The Position
Part of a tight-knit team of three and reporting to the Harvest Planning Manager, the primary responsibility of the Harvest Planner is to plan the harvest and roading of steep, broken, first rotation forests so that subsequent operations can be conducted in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. You will also have the opportunity to support the Harvesting, Roading and Silvicultural teams in the application of existing plans and to co-ordinate our design program to ensure all landings and challenging sections of road and thoroughly designed with Roadeng and LiDAR.

Working in a large first rotation estate provides the opportunity to be involved in exciting engineering projects such as highway intersections and bridges. You’ll hear us talk about bridges and debris flow mitigations when we present at Harvest tech this year.

The Person
The ideal candidate will have the following.

  • Experience with cable logging and roading in steep erosion prone terrain.
  • A drive for environmental excellence.
  • Competency with Roadeng, ArcMap, and MS Office.
  • A high level of professionalism and an outstanding work ethic.
  • A good understanding of the NES-PF and a basic understanding of the RMA.

The Application
To apply, or for more information about the role, please contact Andy Costello on +64 021 863 817 or
Overseas applicants are accepted provided their application adequately describes their eligibility to enter into, and work in New Zealand.

For more info


Andy Costello



+64 021863817

Applications close: Sunday, 7-Mar-2021
Phone: +64 6 867 9799
Facsimile: +64 6 867 9775

Aratu Forests Limited
P.O. Box 242, Gisborne, New Zealand

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