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Olive Grove Working Manager

Unique opportunity to work with a premium olive grove on the pristine Mornington Peninsula

  • International and local Gold award winning extra virgin olive oil.
  • State of the art Italian Pieralisi olive processing equipment.
  • Picturesque 240 acre property with Western Port Bay water views.

Do you have a horticulture background? Do you want to work with a great team producing one of the world's best olive oils?

Taralinga Estate is now recruiting for a passionate horticulturist who will be responsible for the maintenance, tree husbandry and harvesting of our olive grove of 2500 trees. In addition the role is responsible for the processing, bottling and packing of our extra virgin olive oil.

Formal qualifications preferred. Basic administration skills and computer knowledge required.

Role specifics are below. Apply by sending your CV and a covering letter outlining why you would be ideal for this role –

Olive Grove Husbandry

Year-round work required to maintain the Taralinga Estate olive grove according to a grove maintenance calendar.

Ongoing olive tree husbandry to ensure maximum output at harvest.

Ongoing monitoring of health of olive trees and fruit to ensure long term productivity of the grove.

Mowing/gardening/upkeep of olive grove and surrounding lawns ensuring that the property is maintained to the highest standards, includes operating ride-on mowers and tractors, spraying and chemical use (ACUP certification will be highly regarded).

Preparing activity reports as required and maintaining all maintenance logs.

Proactively identify works/tasks that require attention and arrange for them to be completed.

Make recommendations on the long-term improvement of the olive grove.

Olive Oil Harvest & Processing (annual)

Manage all activities relating to the annual harvest of Taralinga olives to ensure it is undertaken in an efficient and effective manner.

Source & supervise the contractors required to pick the olives.

Develop a working knowledge of the olive oil processing and storage equipment.

Process olive oil for both Taralinga Estate and other groves as required.

Olive Oil Filling, Packing & Distribution

Become knowledgeable on use of all equipment relating to filling, capping and labelling of olive oil and execute with maximum efficiency.

Refer to emails on a regular basis to check for new packing and distribution requirements.

Manage weekly fulfillment requests (drums & bottles) with maximum efficiency.

Pack bottle orders according to guidelines provided, taking care to ensure best quality of presentation possible and to minimise breakages in transit.

Deliver bulk & wholesale orders of olive oil to Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne (once per week).

Manage product processing and storage areas in order to keep orderly and clean. 

Update inventory spreadsheet to ensure an accurate record of stock levels is maintained.

Grove Shed Maintenance


Clean & tidy all areas of the olive grove production facility on a regular basis to ensure a hygienic, presentable and efficient working environment, and compliance with food health regulations.

Contact relevant contractors to complete building maintenance works and other works when requested.

Ensure that all programmed maintenance is completed on time for all production plant and equipment.

Supervise all work completed by contractors and ensure standard of work is completed at high level of quality prior to payment being made.

Attend to unscheduled/adhoc maintenance work as directed.

Proactively identify works/tasks that require attention and complete them.