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Test drive your dream job: Learning about environmental agri-science

The opportunity to “test drive your dream job” was given to three budding young agriculturalists who enjoyed learning about the possibilities in their chosen field. They recorded their impressions of the industry. Lucy Brown at Ravensdown Dream job: Environmental scientist For my work experience for Test My Dream Job, I was lucky enough to spend a day with the team ... Read More »

Lab work brings satisfaction

Science graduate Courteney Nielsen is enjoying the aha moments in her job as a laboratory technician at MilkTestNZ. “I love being able to use my degree in a practical way and the times when a piece of information just clicks, which is usually because of something I learnt at uni,” Nielsen said. MilkTestNZ tests farm suppliers’ milk samples from across ... Read More »

Corvett Black – TBfree field officer

Corvett Black’s degree has taken her in an unexpected direction. Jackie Harrigan explains. Working with possum contractors and pig hunters is possibly not what Nuhaka’s Corvett Black envisaged when she signed up for her Massey University Ag Science degree. Still, as a keen farm woman she is passionate about her role in ridding the country of bovine Tb. As a ... Read More »

Zach McLean – Science student

Putting on a white coat, stepping into a laboratory and analysing embryos in petri dishes is exactly what Zach McLean wants to do for the rest of his career. Zach, 22, wants to work as a research scientist. He has already begun the journey, taking on a research project as part of his honours degree. The Waikato University student is ... Read More »

Christine Couldrey – Senior scientist

Name – Christine Couldrey Age – 40 Qualification(s) – BSc (Hons), PhD Job possibilities – Design and perform experiments in epigenetics that will enable farmers to maximise performance of their sheep and cattle, publish research findings in internationally peer-reviewed publications, attract grant funding to pay for research. Employer – AgResearch Pay range for first two years – $50,000+ Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like ... Read More »

Roshean Woods – PhD Student

Name – Roshean Woods Age –  23 Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Environmental Biogeoscience and Plant Science. I am currently in my first year of study towards a PhD. Job possibilities – After graduating with my B.Sc (Hons), I worked as a science intern at DairyNZ and AgResearch for a year. This was an awesome experience. I then decided it was ... Read More »

Charlotte Johns – PhD student

Name – Charlotte Johns Age – 22 Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Science majoring in environmental biogeoscience (first class honours). I am completing a PhD at Lincoln University funded by Teagasc, Ireland. Job possibilities – The job possibilities leading on from this include research scientist, post doc positions, work in agriculture and environmental management as well as the education sector. Employer – TEAGASC, Ireland Pay range for ... Read More »

Paul Edwards – Postdoctoral scientist

Name – Paul Edwards Age – 26 Qualification(s) – BSc, majoring in animal science and agricultural science at Massey, Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Science at Massey, PhD in animal science at Massey. Job possibilities – After completing my BSc I started working at DairyNZ as a research technician, however, also could have gone down the consulting officer route. Lots of other job possibilities at that point, ... Read More »

Stuart Card – Mycologist

Name – Stuart Card Age – 37 Qualification(s) – BSc (hons) in applied biology, Higher National Diploma (HND) in applied biology, PhD in plant pathology. Job possibilities – Plant pathology, Mycology, Microbiologist. Employer – AgResearch Pay range for first two years – $50,000+ Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like about this job – Science, Travel, Meeting international researchers, Students and teaching, New equipment, Working in a team environment, Publishing research. Why I chose to ... Read More »