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Virtual Fencing Research & Development Internship 2024/2025



Waikato, New Zealand
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024
The future of food production hinges on an important question: How do we feed the world’s growing population without compromising our natural resources? Both dairy and beef farmers feed our population and hold the keys to vital climate solutions. At Halter, we’re on a mission to enable farmers to run the most productive and sustainable farms. Farmers are using Halter to break free from the time-intensive constraints of conventional farming. They’re growing more grass, increasing milk production and/or helping their cattle gain more weight (for beef farming) and improving the health and well-being of their cows.
We bridge deep tech into farming. Halter enables farmers to remotely shift, virtually fence and proactively monitor their cows’ health and behaviour. Can you imagine watching 500 cows or cattle walk calmly towards the milking shed or their next break? No quad bikes, no dogs, no fences. Just a mob of cows walking at their own pace. People say it looks like magic. Our customers are revolutionising farming with Halter. It's changing lives and transforming an industry.
People join Halter because they want to do meaningful work. By joining us you’ll be solving challenging problems within a talented team and a culture built for high performance. Our team out-think, out-work and out-care. We’re committed to delivering real change in the world - this isn’t easy, and in truth, we love that it’s hard. We’re backed to deliver on a mission that matters by Tier 1 investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC, Blackbird, Promus Ventures, Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck and Icehouse ventures.
To find out more, visit our careers website, LinkedIn & Instagram.
About the role
Want to be on the cutting edge of technology within the agricultural sector? This role is not a traditional role as we are pioneering the future of farming. We’re looking for someone eager to take Virtual Fencing to the next level in New Zealand and overseas.
You will be a part of our multidisciplinary Farm Research & Development team composed of engineers, farmers, and everything in between. Our days never look the same; we find ourselves doing anything from working with the animals to sitting in our AKL-HQ working on the next big endeavour. We focus on designing and developing new features that benefit our animals and our customers in their day-to-day operations using Halter.
We believe that team culture is vital for our success as a team and as a company and as a result, we work hard to maintain a fun and casual atmosphere in which you can thrive and develop. From the first day you join, you'll be able to have a direct impact on what our product looks like and how farmers use it. Your point of view, support and input will be vital to the success of Halter. You will be heavily involved in all the tests we run; from the designing phase all the way through the testing and interpreting of data.
This internship will run from the 18th of November 2024 through to the 28th of February 2025. It will be full-time 40 hours a week over this period.

What your day could look like

  • Running trials to enable continuous invocation and expansion of the Virtual Fencing product, from design to execution to conclusion.
  • Critically thinking about the interactions between animals and our collar to proactively start initiatives valuable for our farmers and their animals.
  • Analysing data, results and learnings to monitor/support virtual fencing in the field to proactively and reactively solve challenges to maintain high levels of performance.
  • Working cross-functionally across Halter: working with our Engineering team to provide input into new and existing product features; to our Customer Success team to ensure our products are meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations.
  • Sharing in-depth knowledge and context about farming, animals and virtual fencing throughout Halter.

Who are we looking for?

  • Ideally, you are enrolled in your final year or have a recent completion of an agriculture, agribusiness, animal behaviour, livestock biometrics degree or similar degree.
  • Passion and experience in farming, animals and cow behaviour.
  • Interest in agri-tech, being tech-savvy and not afraid of learning our product's inner details and functionality.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and thrives in a fast-paced environment.
  • Fast learner who is motivated to work hard and learn with a team doing things that have never been done before.
  • Energetic and excited about making farms more productive and sustainable.

Why our team loves working at Halter

  • A genuine and shared connection to our mission to make a difference in the world
  • The excitement, risk, and reward of a high-growth technology scale-up
  • The pride of joining an iconic New Zealand technology company growing successfully on the global stage
  • The opportunity to work with and grow alongside a dynamic, and highly talented team with diverse backgrounds
  • The opportunity to supercharge your career in a supportive and caring environment
  • Our ideas are truly valued, we are able to move fast, and our impact is real
  • We offer a competitive remuneration package
Join our team
Halter is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace — a place where we can each be ourselves and do the best work of our lives. Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and under-represented groups of candidates tend to only apply when they meet every requirement. If you think you have what it takes but don’t necessarily tick every requirement on this job description, please still get in touch and apply to Halter. We’d love to chat to see if you’ll be an epic fit!
If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply below by sending through your cover letter explaining why you’re excited about this role and working at Halter, along with your CV, and we’ll be in touch!
Please also feel free to check out the careers and culture page for more information on working at Halter and don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn & Instagram.