Jess Murphy

Judicial VT Operator, Broadcastingview all people

I always loved going to the races and always wanted a job within the racing industry. I first worked for the NZ Racing Board in the summer of 2010/2011 in Otago and Southland, setting up the racecourse before race meets and assisting the clubs. I found the organisation really dynamic and loved it, so after my contract, I looked out for a permanent role and later landed one in the Broadcasting team.

As a Judicial VT Operator, I essentially control all the judicial cameras at race meetings. I never wanted a sedentary office job where you're inside all day and at the same time it was important to me to have a role that challenges me mentally and this job gives me that. I enjoy working as part of a close knit team and the amount of variety in my work. Seldom are you ever at the same track twice in a week! Working for the Trackside TV Channel within the Broadcasting department is great because it is not a Monday to Friday 9-5 job. It involves travelling and getting to be in different parts of the countryside, always surrounded by different scenery.

We're all encouraged to learn other roles in the team so I can now also do Vision Control and have started directing greyhound races. When I first started I already held a Class 2 Heavy Traffic license, and NZ Racing Board put me through my Class 4 licence, which enables me to drive our large Broadcasting trucks. I really enjoy driving the truck and showing the males I work with that a blonde 21 year old can drive big trucks too!

I love how NZ Racing Board is so diverse and unique, there is no other place like it. There are many different departments so if you want to change direction and work in a different area, you could probably find what you are looking for. The organisation is flexible and considers your needs - you are not just seen as 'another person' here.

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