Summer Internship | Automating the colour measurement of kiwifruit

Job Description

Kiwifruit is New Zealand’s largest horticultural export crop with annual sales of $2 billion. As it is such an important crop, it is imperative the fruit received in overseas markets are of upmost quality. Colour measurement of the fruit flesh is an integral part of this assessment, as both a maturity index and to ensure fruit in the market meet consumer expectations.

This project will be centered on developing an automated solution for quantifying the colour expression within a Red19 fruit within the given scoring criteria. The ideal solution will have the dual efficiency benefits in both reducing the length of time taken to score an individual fruit and removing the need to regularly assess the uniformity of the assessors. A secondary objective to the project will be a continuation of the development of a low-cost solution that can accurately measure flesh colour of multiple Gold fruit simultaneously, removing the reliance on the fragile and expensive chromameters.

To be eligible for this Callaghan Innovation internship, the applicant must be studying, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in engineering or science at a NZ tertiary education institute; computer science studies would be preferred. The work will be based in Mt Maunganui, Tauranga.

The successful applicant will need to provide their own transport; compensation will be provided for work related travel. There will be a requirement by the successful applicant to write a report and present it to all the stakeholders at the end of the placement. Part or all of this presentation can also be utilized for fulfilling the academic requirement of the internship.

Start Afresh will pay $22.10 per hour for up to 400 hours of work.

Applications close on Sunday 3rd of October 2021.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter and CV to Tylah.Wardrope@startafresh.co.nz

Summer Internship | Understanding Bloom Retention on Blueberries

Job Description

Nau Mai, Haere Mai,

The NZ blueberry industry is growing rapidly. Maori blueberry collective, Miro has acquired the intellectual property rights to a range of blueberry varieties from Mountain Blue Orchards, a world wide-renowned, long-established and innovative Australian breeder.

This project will focus on understanding bloom retention on blueberries, this is a significant quantity factor for the customer. This project will explore the reason for its loss in transit between orchard and packing facility and provide growers with options for its retention. Time lapse camera technology, temperature and humidity monitoring and techniques for reducing fruit movement will all be employed to reduce the impact of this quality loss.

We are looking for applicants that will become part of our small team for the 10 weeks. We aim to hire an applicant that has interest in fruit physiology or engineering.

To be eligible for this Callaghan innovation R&D internship you must be studying, or have recently completed an undergraduate or post graduate degree in science, engineering or business at a NZ tertiary education institute; horticulture studies would be preferred.

The successful applicant will needs to provide their own transport; compensation will be provided for work related travel.

You will be required to write up a report and present it  to all the stakeholders at the end of the placement. Part or of this presentation can also be utilised for fulfilling the academic required of your internship.

Start Afresh will pay $22.10 per hour for up to 400 hours of work. Your place of work is Mt Manganui, Tauranga and Te Teko.

Please outline your desire for the project undertaken as part of your degree, your future goals in the horticulture field and your availability for this placement. Maori students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close on Sunday 3rd of October 2021.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter and CV to Tylah.Wardrope@startafresh.co.nz

Summer Internship | Improving Harvest Practices

Job Description

Mt Erin produces quality apples that are enjoyed by people all around the world. The orchards of Mt Erin are family-owned operations that have been growing great fruit for generations.

This project will be centered around a significant portion of the fruit quality losses in the horticultural industry in NZ and in-market and will focus on harvest and post-harvest activity and handling of fruit. This project will use a combination of impact assessment technologies (instrumented spheres) and video/ timelapse to capture data to create solutions and training tools to improve harvest practices.

In addition, you may partake in a secondary project relating to NIR tools.  Fruit maturity is an important aspect before the harvest of cultivars. Non-destructive Near-infra-Red (NIR) tools can assist orchardists and postharvest provides to make better decisions as to harvest, and post-harvest inventory management provided they have models built into them to make their predictions robust.

We are looking for applicants that will become part of our team over 10 working weeks. However, there will be an unpaid two-week holiday over the Christmas/New Year’s period.

To be eligible for this Callaghan Innovation R&D internship, you must be studying, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in engineering or science at a NZ tertiary education institute; horticulture studies would be preferred.

The successful applicants will need to provide their own transport; compensation will be provided for work related travel.  You will be required to write up a report and present it to all the stakeholders at the end of the placement.

Start Afresh will pay $22.10 per hour for up to 400 hours of work. Your place of work is Mt Maunganui, Tauranga and Hawke’s Bay.

Applications close on Sunday 3rd of October 2021.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter and CV to Tylah.Wardrope@startafresh.co.nz