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Technical Officer - Precision Agriculture

Massey University
Job Category:
Science and Environment
Manawatu - Wanganui - Palmerston North
Manawatu - Wanganui
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

College of Sciences
Palmerston North

The Massey AgriFood Digital Lab is committed to supporting New Zealand's export-driven growth base by extending biological systems knowledge with applications of emerging technologies, data analytics, and robotics. Our expertise covers agriculture, horticulture and a wide range of emerging engineering and data disciplines.

We are looking to appoint a fixed-term technical officer - precision agriculture for three years 10 months, and we are looking to appoint as soon as possible to ensure an ample handover and training period with our current team member who is finishing in May 2020. The position is a full-time, fixed-term position finishing December 2022 and is based in Palmerston North. Travel on the job will be required.

Key activities of the position are to:

  • liaise with shareholders - Ravensdown, AgResearch, farmers and other clients
  • execute survey planning and quotation
  • coordinate field work and assist in logistics
  • operate and maintain the hyperspectral and structure from motion systems
  • improve surveying procedures
  • assess meteorological conditions and execute aerial surveys
  • pre-process hyperspectral data (radiometric correction, atmospheric correction, and geo-rectification)
  • process structure from motion imagery and produce DSM and ortho-mosaic
  • troubleshoot issues
  • assist in post-processing of hyperspectral imagery
  • ensure software packages (Pix4D, Atcor, Caligeopro, Aviatrix and FlightPlanner Pro) are operating and licenses are maintained
  • automate GIS tasks as necessary for fieldwork and create maps for shareholders using ArcGIS
  • conduct and lead fieldwork using ground survey equipment
  • document all protocols and provide any technical support necessary for the success of projects
  • assist in developing new projects with existing and new clients.

If you are experienced in working with airborne hyperspectral image acquisition, have a minimum of a degree in precision agri, engineering, physics or a related discipline and you are self-motivated and have excellent verbal and written communication skills then please follow the link to apply for this position on the Massey careers website. To be considered for the role you must include a cover letter and at least three references with your application.

If you require further information regarding the role please contact Louise Hopkins on

Closing date: 23 February 2020
Reference number: CS_MATP_035_01/20

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