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Want to join the Hermes Team?

The positions are physically demanding and will involve long hours working in either the outdoor environment or in a packing facility. The hours and work availability varies as it depends on the crop. Work will include weekends and holiday periods. The planting and harvest windows are short so there is an expectation that you will be available to work until completion of the season/job period.

What we look for in our employees

  • Willingness and Commitment to working until the end of the Season, approximately end of September to early October.
  • Able to work in all weather conditions
  • Be physically fit to handle the demands of the work
  • Willing to learn and do your best
  • Have an eye for detail
  • Able to work well in a team 
  • Be available all working hours which include weekends.

Why Work with Us

Hermes Strawberries is driven to provide a workplace that is ethical, honest in our interactions, and ensuring that the wellbeing of our team is foremost in our operations.  Creating a environment of fairness, respect and collectiveness in team work.  Our team is an important part of who we are as a company. To ensure that we are ticking all the boxes for an awesome place to work, we joined an Ethical program (Fair farms) and obtained accreditation in 2020 which is dedicated to fostering Fair Employment Practices in the Australian Horticulture Industry.

Fair farms Accreditation

To Be Fair Farms Accredited the business goes through the following process;

  • Online Self Assessment – looking at all implemented practices benchmarked against the Fair Farm Standards & Relevant Employment Laws
  • Training to ensure that the business understands its obligations
  • Audit carried out by an independent certification body assessing the business’s Employment Practices. This includes confidential staff interviews.
  • Certification business must be compliant to obtain certification
  • Recertification audit cycle of 1,2 or 3 years depending on the outcome of audit.

What work is available & When?

Planting

Schedule

Planting Starts in March and runs through until April, this depends on the plant arrival schedule and plant numbers.

On a at call basis – hours and days will be variable, including morning or afternoon starting times, weekends and holiday periods. This is due to delivery times of runners to our farm, weather, plant and staffing numbers and planting location.

All Weather Work

Rain or Sunshine – rainy weather just make sure you have your rain gear. If weather is HOT and SUNNY you maybe working under sprinklers

Challenging & physically hard Work

Planting requires above average physical fitness, ability to work long hours of physical work. This job involves carrying of plants – in trays or bulk bags (which are heavy). Lots of walking, squatting, crouching, bending, kneeling repetitive hand and digging hand movements into hard and soft soils, working on wet, slippery muddy surfaces and inclines

While it can be gruelling mentally & physically there is so much satisfaction in when the job is done looking at the fields you helped to plant and seeing them grow.

Picking Crew

Schedule

Picking starts from April and runs to October – depending the crop, market and environmental factors.

Hours and times varying depending on the crops needs. Picking usually starts around 6 am until 3pm, peak season hours may be longer.

All Weather WorkRain or Shine

Especially during periods wet weather – if rain is forecasted or high temperatures we will be out in the fields working. Berries are sensitive to weather conditions.

Challenging & physically hard Work

Picking requires above average physical fitness, ability to work long hours in outdoor environment under the elements. The job involves lifting and carrying of stacks filled fruit trays, lots of walking around and in the fields – pushing and pulling of loaded picking trolleys through sometimes wet, slippery, muddy, rutted and inclined rows.

Care & attention to detail is required

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.

Plant Maintenance

As part of your job as a picker, plants need to be kept clean for hygiene and ease of picking.  De-runner and leafing of plants will be carried out at scheduled times. 

Packing Crew

Schedule

Packing starts in April, staggered starting times early season until around May/June when we will start to be in full swing.

Hours will vary depending on picking schedule, how much fruit has been harvested and staffing levels. Packing hours are usually from 7am to 5pm, with some earlier/later starts and finishing times during peak season.

Challenging & physically hard Work

Packing requires above average physical fitness, ability to work long hours standing or sitting stationery at a work bench in an indoor packing shed. The job involves lifting and placement of medium weights (5kg+)above shoulder height to work bench, repetitiously over the course of the shift. You will be working at bench height, in a forward facing bent position, either standing or sitting for the duration of your shift (stools provided).

Care & attention to detail is required

Packing you will need a keen eye for detail, a soft touch, speed and agility.  You will be grading and assessing each fruit for quality and sizing, punnets are then packed according to size and grade.

Other Information

Pay information

Hourly rate currently $25.41 as per the Casual Rate Horticulture Award

Once trained you have the option to move to Piecework Rates (paid per kg picked or punnet packed) or stay on hourly rates (subject to productivity criteria)

Working days & hours

Working days and hours will vary depending on the crops readiness, and weather conditions

The planting & harvest periods are relatively short – you will need to be willing to commit to working to completion of the job/season. You will need to be available all working hours (including weekends and holiday periods). During peak season you maybe 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.

Interested? Before applying please ensure;

  • Your availability is flexible
  • You are Available until the conclusion of season usually end of September/early October
  • If on a visa have the appropriate visa and work rights
  • Are currently located in Australia

All Employment applications and enquiries are to be made through our website via our Application Form. We are unable to return calls or emails regarding employment. Thanks

If No application form available – No work is Available.

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