Outlined below is a description of the work, the conditions we work in and the qualities we are looking for in prospective employees.
The positions which you will be undertaking are physically demanding and will involve long hours working in an outdoor environment.
In the outdoor environment you will be exposed to; Extreme weather conditions (sun, heat, rain, wind, cold and humidity), animals (insects, bees, frogs, spiders, snakes), pollens, dusts and molds.
You will need to be able to;
- Commit to working the season until the end – usually late September, early October
- Work in all weather conditions
- Be physically fit to handle the demands of the work
- Willing to learn and do your best
- Able to work well in a team, as not only will you be working together, but most of you will be living alongside each other for the season.
- Be available all working hours which include weekends.
- Refer to Working days and hours below for more information
No experience is needed, all training is provided.
What Type of Jobs are Available?
Planters are required from March to April.
Planting is challenging physical work requiring a good level of physical fitness.
You will be working in teams of 2 -3 people, one person will drop the plants the other/s will plant, jobs can be rotated amongst team members.
Plants will be carried along the rows of plastic beds, in bags which consists of 400-500 plants.
Plants are planted using a planting tool, to push the roots into the soil.
More important than physical fitness is your level of motivation – as payment is piece rate, based on the numbers of runners planted by your group.
Pickers are required from June to October.
Picking is challenging physical work requiring a good level of physical fitness. It also requires care and eye for detail.
Picking is done using a trolley, in some instances (usually at the start of the season – handles maybe used.)
As a picker you will move about the rows in your trolley (or with your handles), checking plants for ready to pick fruit, only picking the appropriate ripened- fruit as you go. Care in handling is needed as fruit is delicate, we use a stem picking technique as it needs only minimal handling of the fruit to prevent bruising and damage.
You will be responsible for filling your trays carefully and in a single layer, removing any rotten/diseased fruit from plants, carrying your filled trays to be weighed as well as refilling your trolley with empty trays. A box person will be on hand to assist as needed, with weighing and helping you with the trays.
Plant Maintenance – as part of your job as a picker, plants need to be kept clean for hygiene and ease of picking. De-runnering and leafing of plants will be carried out at scheduled times.
We are a farm-stay farm with accommodation on the property for our workers.
- Rooms are shared (bunk style accommodation)
- Shared showers, toilets, washing facilities and fully equipped kitchens.
Shopping trip will be organised weekly (no charge)
Rate: $130 per person week
Getting to our farm
From Brisbane Airport or Brisbane City train is the easiest option. Destination is Caboolture Train Station, from there we will organise pick up to our farm (travel to our farm from train station – no charge).
Payment is based on the number of runners you plant. It is a set contract price and does not change. The conditions which determine weather, soil type and softness, your condition and motivation, how well your crew is working together will depend on how much you will earn.
Payment is paid by the weight of the berries picked. Pay rates do fluctuate depending on the conditions of the crop being harvested. Your earnings will reflect on how motivated you are. A minimum base piece rate applies – actual rates paid will not go lower than this rate.
Piece work agreement
All employees on contract rates will be presented with a Piecework Agreement. This agreement stipulates contract prices for the season. A copy of agreement will be supplied to you for your records.
Pays are paid weekly, directly to your bank account. Pay week is Saturday to Friday.
Pay rates are based on Average Competent worker – What you earn will depend on you and your motivation.
What to bring
- Water bottle
- Rain gear
- Wide brimmed hat
- Sun protection (sunscreen, zinc)
- Gloves (food handling, fitted)
- Winter – warm clothes
- Medication if needed
- Enclosed shoes – water proof boots to keep feet dry
Working days and hours
Working days and hours will vary depending on the crops readiness, and weather conditions
You will need to be able to work in all weather conditions and available all working hours (which include weekends). During peak season you will be working 7 days a week. Requests for time off will need to be applied for in advance.
Strawberries are very delicate and can ripen very quickly, especially when sunny, berries that aren’t ripe in the morning can be ready to pick by the afternoon, and are sensitive to weather conditions (wet/heat). When they are ready to be picked, they have to be picked.
If wet weather or heat waves are predicted be prepared for work – as the fruit will sustain damage, we try to minimize this by ensuring we get all ready fruit picked.
We have a relatively short harvesting season, which means that we need dedicated people who are willing to commit to being available as needed, and till the end of the season.
I’m Interested. What do I need to do now?
Ensure that you have a current bank account, a tax file number and correct Visa Work Entitlements that enables you to legally work in Australia (if applicable)
- Click on the Employment Application
- Fill out application
- Attach your resume.