Helping with the Harvest
Thousands of Tasmanians find summer harvest work to be a fun and rewarding experience.
Each summer, Tasmanian businesses recruit more than 8000 people to help bring in and process the summer harvest. These individuals come from all ages, cultures and backgrounds. This year, Tasmania's food producers are expected to face unprecedented shortages of seasonal workers, and are asking anyone who might want to work some or all of the season to step forward and put their hands up.
Seasonal work to suit your lifestyle
Seasonal harvest jobs can be a fun and rewarding experience, and there are jobs to suit all types of persons. For self-directed people who enjoy being outdoors, picking work gives you an opportunity to make new friends and compete with them to pick the most fruit and earn the most money. For those who prefer something a little quieter, thinning and packing shed work rewards people with focus and attention to detail.
No matter which role you choose, you will be part of a supportive team, often working outside in the fresh air and you are bound to make new friends. You could try anything from:
- picking and packing produce
- pruning and plant husbandry
- planting new berries and trees
- tractor or forklift driving
- managing and receiving freshly harvested fruit
Explore Tasmania's regional areas
No matter which part of Tasmania you live in, there are local fruit producers near you. Many growers are located in Huon Valley, Derwent Valley, Coal Valley, North West Coast, and Tamar river area, with smaller production areas in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, the Midlands, East Coast, and Tasman Peninsula.
Seasonal work usually finishes by 4pm, leaving plenty of daylight to explore some of Tasmania's regional areas.
Tasmanian employers have already started promoting harvest jobs in preparation for the upcoming harvest period. You can enquire about job opportunities and register for jobs now through the Harvest Trail Information Service by calling 1800 062 332 Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm (excluding national public holidays). The Harvest Trail links job seekers with harvest jobs Australia wide. It’s a great way for people to travel around Australia at their own pace while working and earning money.
Many fruit growers also work with local labour hire businesses to source and manage employees doing seasonal work. These businesses can connect you with growers looking for work, and are a great way for people new and experienced seasonal workers to find and sign on work opportunities.
FGT are also taking expressions of interest from people eager to take up seasonal work opportunities in Tasmania's fruit sectors. FGT staff are regularly contacted by producers looking to find people eager to take up seasonal work opportunities. By expressing interest, you would be putting your name forward for consideration by employers using the program who are looking to fill harvest work vacancies. If transport is likely to be an issue, you can also register your interest in the seasonal worker transport pilot.