The Summit Backpackers will help backpackers to find farm jobs in the local area that will count towards the second-year and third-year visas.
Local farms harvest many fruits and vegetables, including apples, capsicums, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, limes, broccolini, chillis and many more varieties of delicious produce.
Every job is different. Some jobs will be outside picking or doing farm maintenance tasks, and some jobs are in shed packing and grading produce. Some jobs will pay by the hour and others are piece-rate.
We work hard to make sure that the farm work experience is a positive and successful experience for our guests.
We expect our guests to have a strong work ethic and be ready to work in physically demanding situations.
IMPORTANT : All workers must have a valid Working Holiday Visa.
Farm Work Work in the Stanthorpe area
January to May: Picking season for apples, capsicums, broccolini, tomatoes, pears and other varieties
May to August: Vine and stone fruit pruning
June to September: Apple pruning
September to November: Stone fruit thinning
October to May: Strawberry picking
November to January: Apple thinning
WHY WORK FOR SUMMIT BACKPACKERS
Summit Backpackers has been operating since 1994 and has developed a strong presence with numerous job opportunities available right across the Granite Belt region. Our workforce is currently made up of mainly international workers who come to experience work and life in Australia. Working on local farms while staying at Summit Backpackers is a great way to earn some good money, see Australia and make new friends on your Aussie adventure.
Summit Backpackers offers international workers the opportunity to experience the Australian way of life and gain valuable work experience while working for some of Australia’s largest horticultural farms. We are here to find you a job but we are also here to help you find your feet in Australia. We will help you organise transport options to and from work and just be a general support for all those little day to day things such as health care, bank accounts and public facilities.
Some work may be hourly paid work and some will be paid on a contract or piece-work rate.
5. GENERAL HARVEST INFORMATION
Males are generally recruited for the more physical, picking farm work, and girls in the packing or grading shed. However, this is dependent on the fruit/vegetables and what suits the farmer’s operations.
Vegetable and fruit picking can be very hard work. You need to be very physically fit and prepared to work in all types of challenging conditions, such as hot, cold or wet weather days.
Farm work is very rewarding and positives are that you will get fit, you will make some good friends and of course you will earn money! And don't worry, after a couple of days, your aching back will be gone ;-)
Most jobs are Monday to Saturday and a full time week is between 35-50 hours. Weekend work varies and is more probable in the summer months.
We have a work list, in order to be eligible you need to be keen to work, be prepared to do any kind of work and be available every day!
N.B.: We can not guarantee jobs, the amount of work and some harvests may not run for 3 months consecutively. Farm work is seasonal and can change without notice. It is also heavily dependent on the weather and market prices. We always try our best to find you farm work as soon as possible and for the length of time required.
You will also need :
A hat or a cap
Old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty
Long sleeved shirt
High factor sunscreen (30+)
Plenty of water - you will drink between 2 and 8 litres per day!)
Food for lunch and breaks
Pair of gloves (sometimes provided by the farmers)
Australian Bank Account
Proof of Current working Visa
Tax File Number (TFN)