Sample Collection Driver

We require several people to join our team for the kiwifruit maturity-testing season to act as internal couriers transporting kiwifruit samples from drop off points / sample collectors in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel and Waikato back to our Laboratory based in Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty. A company vehicle is provided in this role.

This is a great role for someone who enjoys driving, is physically fit and is looking for some additional income.


This role is for a fixed term period from March to May.  Sample Drivers will drive to drop off points located in the regions and collect kiwifruit samples for transport back to our maturity-testing laboratory based in Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty. You must be able to work on a rostered basis in a business that operates 7 days a week. Daily hours will vary depending on sample demand and geographical location of samples; this may be part or full days.


  • Collect kiwifruit samples from drop off points and transport to the laboratory as instructed
    • Samples will typically be collected from drop off points but may also be collected directly from sample collectors
    • Samples must be handled correctly so as to maintain sample integrity
    • Samples must be loaded into the vehicle so as to ensure that they can be transported safely. The vehicle should not be overloaded
    • Complete vehicle safety checks prior to beginning a courier run, ensure vehicle is only driven when safe to do so and that any safety / maintenance issues are reported
    • Ensure vehicle is refuelled at completion of courier run ready for next run
    • Treat company vehicles as if they are your own
    • Travel between drop off points and laboratory in the most efficient manner whilst considering the importance of sample flow to the laboratory as directed by managers


  • Able to lift 12-16kg bags of kiwifruit in and out of vehicle, on a daily basis
  • Able to be flexible with hours of work to meet the business needs - recognise that there will be peaks and troughs throughout the season
  • Able to commit to the role for the duration of the kiwifruit maturity testing season
  • Comfortable with use of smartphone, apps, technology - this role will require effective communication with samplers, managers and support staff and the use of apps to assist with managing the process
  • Clean, full class 1 driver’s license
  • Able to work under time constraints to meet laboratory operational needs
  • A positive can do attitude, comfortable working alone but also part of a team


Hill Laboratories is a family-friendly, values driven and mature New Zealand owned business.  As a Sample Collection Driver you will be part of a great team providing services to the wider Kiwifruit industry. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to supplement their income, enjoys driving, meeting and supporting others in the team.


If this role sounds like a good fit for you, click apply now via the link or on our website.

Please include a cover letter with your CV detailing why you feel you are the best candidate for this position.

Please note: Candidates will be actively shortlisted during the advertising period - job closing date is subject to change without notification.


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Fixed Term

Job no: 10333916

Location: Bay of Plenty

Closing Date: Monday, 31 January 2022