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General hand - Urban Vegetation Control

  • Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
  • Full Time - Permanent

Downer New Zealand is a leading provider of integrated services. Our commitment to building long-term relationships and supporting our customers with high calibre services and solutions; the talents of our people; and consistent excellence in operational delivery sets us apart. 

About the job: 
We have a unique position in the Downer Maintenance team, based in Whanganui as an Urban Vegetation Controller. This is a varied role working outdoors to enhance public spaces for the enjoyment and safety of your community.  
With a keen eye for detail, you’ll undertake a range of maintenance activities including; weed control through the safe use of herbicides, street cleaning, clearing vegetation and knapsack work.  You’ll be comfortable working on your own but you will also not be afraid to get stuck in and help the wider crew as needed.  
This is primarily a Monday – Friday, Full Time, Permanent role but the flexibility to work occasional weekends and early shifts and the willingness to work in various weather conditions is required.  
About you: 

Along with a strong work ethic, great communication skills and general common sense, there are a few other essentials but don’t stress too much if you don’t tick them all off, we are prepared to train you; 

  • A Class 1 & 2 Full New Zealand Drivers Licence  

  • Experience with the chemical application, e.g. Growsafe qualification 

  • A high level of physical fitness and a focus on safety & quality 

  • Great communication skills to liaise with the team and the general public 

  • The willingness to be trained and train others 

  • Flexibility to work to varying hours and weather conditions 

Why work for team Downer? 
In return for your motivation and practical work approach, we commit to offering professional development through mentoring and on-the-job training and personal development through a range of Health and well-being initiatives. Our top priority is our people - Downer is committed to delivering excellence by ensuring our people have the environment and the means to be successful, some of our perks include:  

  • Stable employment with long-term secured contracts in the region 

  • We offer a rewarding hourly rate with opportunities to train and obtain qualifications 

  • Full-time employment with flexible hours of work, also the potential for additional hours  

  • You’ll be part of an experienced crew with managers to coach and guide you 

  • Tools of trade provided including Downer uniform and PPE gear 

  • Access to a range of company benefits and partnered discounts including subsidised health insurance, retail specials, vehicle rentals, banking offers, free counselling services + more! 

How to apply: 
If this sounds like you? Do not delay! Seize the opportunity to secure your future with Downer APPLY NOW! Visit and enter 597266 into the keyword search. Or if you’d prefer, drop into our Whanganui depot and drop off your CV today! 
Downer NZ is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture.  
Our workplaces are drug and alcohol-free - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a pre-employment drug test & medical. 
Due to the fast-paced nature of Downer, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, so don't delay and make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Please note we have an in-house recruitment team that manages all our vacancies. No candidates presented through an agency will be considered for any of our roles advertised, unless previously arranged. We would strongly encourage all candidates interested in these roles, to apply directly online through the portal provided otherwise your application will not be considered. 

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