Fruit picking season
NT farmers need your support to get produce off to market.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, farmers are expecting a shortfall of up to 1,000 workers.
Fruit picking season starts from mid-August. Pickers are needed to ensure Northern Territory (NT) mangoes do not go to waste.
The NT is Australia’s largest grower of mangoes.
Learn new skills, make great friends, work hard, earn good money and experience iconic Territory locations. You will be working right next door to some of the greatest parts of the Territory including Katherine Gorge, Edith Falls, Mataranka Thermal Pools and the breath taking scenery of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.
Picking is a great way to get your foot in the door, with opportunities for ongoing work, training and further career opportunities.
No prior experience needed. All you need is a good attitude a willingness to learn and reliability.
Work starts from mid-August to October for 10-12 weeks depending on the weather.
- Good English literacy, for your safety at work
- Transport from your accommodation to the farm
- Manual driver's licence
What to bring:
- Hat and sunglasses
- Long-sleeved shirt and sturdy, closed-in shoes
- Food and lots of water
Workers need to be strong enough to lift heavy tubs or bags of produce, tools, and to carry out repetitive tasks.
Picking season starts in the Top End region and lasts for six weeks. Katherine season follows on for approximately another six weeks.
As a picker, your role will involve:
- working six days per week, up to 10 hours per day for up to 12 weeks
- starting from as early as 5.30am, depending on role and finishing at around 5.00pm
- being flexible around weather impacts day-to-day
- working indoors and outdoors.
Roles can include:
- machinery operation.
Tasks can involve:
- climbing ladders
- walking through fields
- standing for long periods
- constantly bending
- operating heavy machinery.
Some farms provide accommodation for a fee.
Farms are located 20kms - 80kms from Darwin and Katherine town centres. You can find low cost accommodation in motels and caravan parks.
Own transport is essential.
The plan details how the business will meet the key requirements of physical distancing and hygiene practices such as making hand sanitiser or hand washing facilities available and displaying information about COVID-19 compliance requirements.
To learn about picking and handling mangoes watch a 10 minute training video from the Australian Mango Industry.
If you have lost your job as a result of COVID-19, you can use the Territory Jobs Hub to find work.
Territory businesses looking for workers can also use the portal to connect with people who are looking for employment.
Testimonial: Martina Matzner, Farm Manager
Last updated: 17 August 2020
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