There's a future for every talent in our innovative food & fibre sectors.

Changing Careers

Opportunities for you in our food & fibre sectors

Considering a career change? There’s a diverse range of roles and pathways available for you to progress your career in our food & fibre sectors.

New Zealand needs talented people in jobs right now to help feed Kiwis and people around the world. If your employment has been impacted recently or if you're looking for a change in career or lifestyle, our innovative food & fibre sectors will welcome your skills and experience. You can be well rewarded financially or quickly progress to becoming self-employed. There’s a role for every talent.

Explore careers in the food & fibre sectors View more

Farm Assistant

Orchard Manager

Forestry Machine Operator


Use your existing skills to take you in a new direction

Many of your existing skills may be transferable to our food & fibre sectors. These articles will make you feel more confident about transferring your skills to a new career.

Job Hunters' Workbook

Your transferable skills can take you anywhere

Future careers are skills-focused

Where your hospitality skills can take you

Add to your skillset or qualifications View more

A number of providers offer specific bridging programmes to help you transition to a career in our food & fibre sectors.

Agri Training
Rural Retraining Foundation Skills

Agricultural Contractor Training

Food and Fibre: A Career on the Land
Career Weeks

Success stories View more

Be inspired by real stories from real people who have successfully changed careers and joined our food & fibre sectors.

Joan Lang, Quality and Value Coordinator

Adam Hussey, Beekeeper

Steven Hartley, Orchard Manager

Thomas Lundman, Farm Assistant


Dairy Farmer career changers