The Gardiner Foundation, in collaboration with the Australian Dairy Conference, is excited to announce the opportunity for a dedicated individual to join the upcoming New Zealand Study Tour as a Mentor.

This eight-day tour, scheduled for the 14th to 21st of April 2024, will immerse young dairy professionals from across Australia in a comprehensive exploration of New Zealand’s South Island, covering leading dairy farms, research facilities, industry bodies and leadership initiatives.

Gardiner Foundation General Manager, People and Community Development, Jenny Wilson said, the New Zealand Study Tour Mentor will play a pivotal role in the journey, providing guidance and support to the participants throughout the tour and beyond.

“The mentor will play a crucial role in shaping the experience of our participants. We’re looking for someone with a deep understanding of the dairy industry and a passion for mentoring to join us on this remarkable journey,” Ms Wilson said.

The Gardiner Foundation seeks an individual with a passion for developing others and an adeptness in fostering respectful discussions. Previous involvement in Gardiner Foundation programs is highly valued, but not essential. Responsibilities include guiding the group, facilitating discussions, ensuring safety and providing post-tour linkages to development opportunities.

“This is a great opportunity for someone to elevate their leadership skills. We expect this to be a rewarding experience, and for the selected mentor to really benefit from working with young people while exploring New Zealand’s dairy industry and dairy communities,” Ms Wilson said.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a cover letter highlighting their enthusiasm for mentoring and their relevant experience in the dairy sector, along with their resume, to Ross Bawden at

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 15 March 2024.

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