Woodys Free Range is an ethical whole animal butchery based in Levin. We are in the process of expanding. We produce a full range of products for sale to hospitality, retailers and online (we do not have a shop front). For the right person this is a dream job in the industry with freedom to experiment, learn and be proud of your work. This is a varied roll with the right applicant doing everything from breaking down carcasses to sausage making, ham production and even producing export grade dry cured meats (training provided if needed).

We are a medium sized business and currently have an experienced team of 8 people and we are looking to add to the team in order to take our business to the next level. We are an inclusive business with a healthy male to female ratio. Happy to consider local, national or international applicants.

We are looking for a TRAINED BUTCHER (or newly finished your apprentiship). If you are not qualified and are looking for an apprenticeship please do not apply for this job but contact us separately on mailto:[email protected].

We need people who enjoy the butchery industry and understand the value and problems of cold chain and perishable product retailing. Training and development in all areas of the butchery is available and we enjoy helping our staff grow with traditional butchery skills no longer taught at most butchers.


  • Butcher carcasses into various cuts
  • Manufacture of small goods
  • Carry out all food processing activities to the highest standard and within the guidelines of our Food Control Plan
  • Assist the team in cleaning the plant and process area at the end of each day

KEY COMPETENCIES (can be taught to the right person)

  • Qualified butcher with ideally min 1 years experience
  • Knife skills, familiarity with all equipment
  • Experienced with all aspects of meat processing


  • Literate and articulate
  • Good communicator
  • Takes pride in good customer service
  • Innovative, can see opportunities
  • Able to improve processes and see opportunities
  • Energetic, enthusiastic – wants to develop a career
  • Honest, reliable, hardworking

HOURS Mon-Fri: 8am - 4:30pm (with some flexibility to suit applicant) We do not work weekends or public holidays (including Christmas)

PAY Hourly rate above market rate - dependant on experience and enthusiasm

CONTACT US Email us at mailto:[email protected] to apply or find out more