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If you love the thought of working outdoors, we've got a programme for you!

We offer options in Horticulture, Arboriculture, Apiculture, Sports Turf Management and High Country Farming. 


General and Amenity Horticulture | Nursery and Fruit Production | Land Skills | Sustainable Practice  

Horticulturists help with the design, production and maintenance of plants, food and flower crops, gardens and landscapes. 

This global industry is extremely diverse and you could specialise in a number of areas including fruit production, amenity horticulture (care, maintenance and growth of ornamental plantings) or nursery production (propagating and growing plants for sale). 

Horticulturists with a qualification in any specialist field are in demand throughout New Zealand. 

Career opportunities 

  • Commercial and Retail Nursery Worker 
  • Gardener 
  • Park Supervisor/Manager  
  • Orchardist or Viticulturist
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Airport Biosecurity Worker 
  • Conservation Worker
  • Contracts Manager 
  • Vineyard Supervisor/Manager 
  • Horticulture-related Sales Consultant 


Arborists / Tree Surgeons are in demand for their ability to care for, and maintain, trees. Arboriculture is a specialised field involving pruning, felling, transplanting and maintaining the health of trees and shrubs. 

Career opportunities 

  • Demand is high for arborist services and employment opportunities exist within City or District council parks and gardens, with private companies or as a contract climber. 
  • With experience, you could think about self-employment or tree care consultancy roles. 

Sports Turf Management 

Professionals in this area are often in high demand and it's a career that can take you to many different places in the world. Plus, you could end up working at major sporting events - think PGA Tour Golf Events, the Olympics, and rugby, cricket and football World Cups! 

We offer New Zealand's only full-time sports turf programme and have a specialist outdoor training area. And, with work experience being an integral part of your learning, you'll earn as you learn, gain the practical skills you need, and make important industry contacts for your future!

Career opportunities 

  • Sports Turf Professional 
  • Grounds Manager