Felicity Mitchell

Tell us about your background.

I grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Wairarapa, which sparked my love and interest for the environment. I went to school at St Matthews Collegiate before moving down to Christchurch for University. I studied towards a degree in Tourism and Events Management and graduated in 2013. I worked in a variety of roles after graduation before making the decision to return to University and complete a graduate diploma in commerce, majoring in farm management at Lincoln University, in 2016-2017. Shortly after graduation I moved to the UK with my partner and lived and worked in London for a year before moving to Andover, Hampshire and working on a farm for a lambing season. We were incredibly lucky and were able to spend four months travelling throughout Europe before moving back home to NZ in August 2019 to settle down.

What do you do now?

I am currently the Operations Advisor at The Agrecovery Foundation.

How did you get that role? What was the pathway to that?

Whilst traveling I saw the role of Programme Coordinator advertised online and immediately applied. I was very grateful to be given the opportunity to interview via skype whilst in Budapest and was offered the role shortly after. I spent a year in my role as the Programme Coordinator learning about the Agrecovery organization and the waste industry, before moving up to my current role as Operations Advisor.

What’s the best thing about your role?

I love that everyday I am doing something to help the industry and the environment. Everyday is different and I am continuously learning and developing new skills. I love that my role offers me the opportunity to travel throughout New Zealand, allowing me to visit beautiful rural areas and interacting face to face with our sites, contractors and farmers and growers.

Do you travel much for the role ?

Yes, I am lucky enough to be able to travel throughout New Zealand to visit our fixed sites, set up new sites, complete training with staff and help run and attend events. Generally, I travel 2-3 days once or twice a month.

Do you have any qualifications?

Graduate Diploma in Commerce, Majoring Farm Management

Bachelors in Tourism Event Management.

Did you require any specific education or training for this role?

Not specifically but having a background in farming and farm management study has definitely helped me to understand what would and would not work for farmers and growers when planning for events, collecting chemical and new products for the Agrecovery programme. Attending conferences and improving my knowledge on the waste industry, and recycling has also been very beneficial to ensure I can complete my role to a higher standard.  

If you had your time again would you do anything different?

Yes, when I was in my final year at college, I wish I had explored more options and learned more about the different universities and the courses they offered to help me decide what it was that I wanted to do with my career, before committing to a course. Although if I did not take the path I did, I might not be where I am today and working for this great organization.

Do you have any advice/tips for other women wanting a role like yours?

Give it a go and apply for roles you are interested in! I was nervous I was not qualified enough for this position, but the organization have been so supportive and personal growth and education is really important to them. It is amazing how much I have learnt in my short time at Agrecovery.