Working hard to bring you the best.
Since 2002 we have welcomed skilled and experienced people from NZ and all over the world to join our permanent senior team during the summer season.
We have successfully recruited many of our local seasonal staff from universities and other varied backgrounds to help us get through our busy harvest periods
We have had great people from Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Bulgaria, Canada, USA, South Africa, India, Philippines, plus many others.
At Jackson Holmes we are very proud of our great company culture and continue to build our business around the people in it - that’s why people come from all over the world to work with us.
So if you have top-notch contracting skills and experience - or even if you are new to the industry and are keen to give it a go - and are keen for the summer of a lifetime in the heart of the New Zealand South Island, we want to hear from you!
Work for Us
Reckon you've got what it takes to be part of the Jackson Holmes Contracting team? We're always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our hard working seasonal team in the stunning Mid Canterbury plains landscape, South Island of New Zealand.
Meet the Team
Andrew started his career working for the family business in England. They farmed pigs and poultry and then expanded into retailing food products in their own shops. After a few years, he decided to lease and run his own pig farming operation.
After meeting his wife Val and moving to NZ, they founded a baling business in the early ’90s, baling mainly hay and straw to start with. The advent of tube-wrappers saw demand rapidly grow to service an expanding baled silage market.
Todd began working for the original baling business in 2000, during summer holidays from University while studying mechanical engineering. After completing his degree he travelled and worked overseas, before meeting his wife Maddie and taking up residence in Methven in 2006.
He then took up a full-time role handling the day to day management of the business with Andrew.
Bruce has been with JHC since 2011 in a Sales role. He formerly operated his own shearing business for 34 years. Bruce also has a mixed cropping farm on the outskirts of Methven and leases various other blocks for grazing and cropping. His knowledge of agronomy and all types of farming is a great asset in his role.
In his spare time, he is involved in the Methven Clay Target Club, Methven Rugby Club and the Methven A&P Association. Bruce and his wife Robyn have 3 children; David, Red and Sophie, and 3 grandchildren.
Hamish joined our team in 2021. He has a background in dairy farming, arable farming and transport. This broad range of agricultural experience is most useful is his role trading all types of stock feed products, being able to identify with both the grower and the buyer. Hamish dealt with JHC as a dairy farm manager for many years and fit right into our team.
Outside of work Hamish enjoys walking and involvement with the local Methven A&P association. He was a member of the Methven Primary School board of trustees when his children attended. Hamish and his wife Sue have 3 daughters Sophie, Ella and Georgia.
Harry grew up around the business from a young age and developed a keen interest in contracting. After leaving Mt Hutt College, he headed overseas on a couple of different work excursions to America and England working in harvest crews. Harry operated many different machines at JHC before taking up a role as an operations manager.
He enjoys motorbikes, jet skis, fishing and skiing in time off from work. Harry and his wife Cushla recently built their first home in Methven.
Tom is from England. He spent a lot of time operating machinery including driving low-loaders transporting all types of heavy equipment across the UK. He also has a background in engineering having operated CNC machines and worked as a service technician for Lely.
He has operated all types of machines for us and has grown into a valuable team leader. He is now in a service technician/operator trainer role. Tom and his partner are currently working towards residence in NZ.
Sam is a local Mid-Cantabrian, having grown up on his family’s mixed crop, sheep and beef operation near Hinds. He attended Ashburton College and played rugby for Southern. After school he spent a few years on the family farm before a stint of dairy farming, then a change of scenery behind a desk at ECan.
Sam and his wife Steph then moved to Canada for a couple of years where he worked as Service Manager for a Harvest Crew and Feedlot operation. Outside of work he enjoys hunting, motorbikes and restoring old vehicles.
|Val and Andrew moved from England to NZ in the early ’90s after coming for a short working holiday. They have two sons, Harry who is involved in the business and George who is a pilot. George temporarily swapped planes for tractors during COVID-19 when he joined the JHC team.
Val primarily looks after H&S, payroll, immigration and general admin part-time. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, fishing, gardening and skiing. She used to rear a lot of calves and graze animals on the home farm which has now been converted to dairying. Val also qualified as a Veterinary Nurse which was her career in England and initially when they moved to NZ.
Glenys is a Methven local. She works part-time at JHC and has been handling all manner of administration and accounting responsibilities since 2009.
Glenys and her husband Kelvin also run their own contracting business and have a daughter Taryn who goes to Mount Hutt College. Glenys spent a lot of her working career in England writing financial accounting systems for large companies. The jobs often also entailed travelling to many different countries in Europe and Africa to provide training.
Maddie is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden. She came to NZ on a rural exchange programme in 2005 after completing studies at Agricultural College. Maddie and Todd have three children; Elin, Oskar & Henrik.
Maddie looks after the feed trading records and carries out some feed sampling and other general admin work part-time in the JHC office. She also rears beef calves and grazes cattle on their block at Highbank near Methven. Maddie enjoys the outdoors, horse riding, skiing and gardening in her spare time.