People we're looking for

We are looking for motivated, fit & energetic people who are looking to work full-time, 5-days a week throughout the year. While we do consider all applications, the type of work is best suited to people in the 16+ year age bracket. You'll be expected to work in all terrains & all weather conditions, however you'll be paid on a piece-rate which means there is plenty of opportunity to earn well-above minimum wage.

Why you'd come work for us

For anyone interested in a healthy, outdoor working environment we can provide it. We have an extensive set of safety regulations and a great track record to back it up, we have our own in-house training crew which means you can get NZQA-based training while being paid at the same time. We offer & promote career pathways for silvicultural workers who wish to advance as crew managers or supervisors.

Drug-free Policy

You must pass a drug-free test before starting work with us. We also regularly perform random drug testing of all our crew-members to ensure your work environment is a safe one. All our drug-testing is done in-house plus we also do ESR Testing for all crew-members involved in high-risk operations.


CNI Forest Management Ltd provides a hostel which is available for staff to stay in, all meals are provided and included in the cost of staying at the hostel.

The hostel is situated within easy walking distance of the main town and shops. The hostel is based on the Scion Campus which is located next to the famous Redwoods. The Redwoods are part of Whakarewarewa Forest, which is renown for its mountain biking and walking tracks.

Most of your work will be based in the Central North Island, predominantly you will be working in Kaingaroa Forest which is known as the largest man made indigenous forest in the Southern Hemisphere


The Employment Process

To make a succssful employment application with us, please download, print & read carefully the documents made available below before coming in to see us. It's important that you bring in all 4 forms within the Induction Form (Step 1) with you.

Any queries should be directed here.

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Application For Employment

Induction Form
Print & fill-in all applicable fields.

Download Induction Form

Employment Agreement
Print & read thoroughly before coming to your interview.

Download Employment Agreement

Tax & IRD Forms - you must have an IRD number & current bank account to work with us.

Visit the IRD Website

Pass Drug Test
Performed at your interview.


Commence Work
CNI will arrange all necessary gear & equipment if required


* All printable files are supplied as PDF. If you're having issues viewing the files above, please click here to download the necessary software.

Work Available


Planting occurs from June through to August only.


Pruning is the rest of the year, from September through to May


Thinning is all-year-round. You must have the relevant NZQA units in order to work as a thinner.