Chief Pilot – Helicopter (Agricultural)

Southland has it all on offer! 

HeliOps Southland Ltd is an Agricultural Aerial Services provider, flying two R44 Raven IIs, an R22, a Bell LR206 and a Bell JR206 out of our base in Otautau, Western Southland.

On any given day our staff can be as far afield as Stewart Island, the Crown Range, Colac Bay and Edendale, and we are on the lookout for a new Chief Pilot to join us.

Most of our work is product delivery of agri-chemicals, gibberellic acids, liquid fertilisers, solid fertilisers, seeds, trace elements, and pelletised lime, using the TracMap© confirmation system. We also provide agricultural support with aerial stock control and mustering.

The best applicant has:

  • Already met, or can meet the CAA’s requirements for a Part 137 Senior Person
  • New Zealand CPL(H) and Grade 1 Agricultural rating
  • Class 1 medical & Pilot Chem rating (current)
  • Minimum 100 hours in each of the machines we run
  • Full NZ Drivers Licence – with DG endorsement
  • New Zealand citizenship, residency or work visa (required)

Some of the following would be helpful:

  • Previous experience as a CP
  • Instructor Rating
  • SMS training and knowledge
  • Computer competency

Our team have a wealth of local knowledge and experience, and make the most of having strong relationships with our clients – from very large stations to smaller lifestyle blocks.  Our work rosters and timeframes reflect the weather realities of the job, (we have great daylight hours in our busier season), while our operational systems ensure all work is done to the highest and safest possible standard.

Come and discover the beauty of Southland, and make the most of the outdoor experiences available! We will provide you with a competitive salary package and ongoing training opportunities.

Please email your letter of application, including your CV and the details of three referees to

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.