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on farm accomodation

Camping facilities are available on farm at Fairfields. Camping facilities include a basic kitchen and amenities with laundry. There are some powered caravan/tent/van sites available with non-powered sites also available. All employees seeking accomodation at camping facilities must apply to management prior to entering grounds and agree to Camp rules and regulations. Employees should note that the property/camping facilities are located 10kms from Young and transport will be necessary between Young and property as required. Cost of Accommodation: $50 per week per person.

off farm accomodation

Off farm facilities are available in Young with various accomodation available in town. See www.visityoung.com.au for more information. Employees staying off farm are required to arrange their own transport to work.

employment accomodation

Accommodation is available on farm at Fairfields by application to management or there are various forms of accommodation off farm.

Cherry Picking

Cherry picking involves picking fruit into picking buckets that weight approximately 8kgs when full. Cherry Picking is completed in the orchard and involves some ladder work. Cherry picking work is piecework with payment made per “water level” full lug. A lug holds approximately 15kg of fruit when full. New pickers are shown an induction demonstrating how to successfully pick cherries. Care must be done with care to ensure trees are not damaged. It can take a few days to successfully develop picking skills with experienced pickers being able to pick over 20 lugs in a day. Picking work is outside so it is recommended that pickers bring: - Suitable attire including: long sleeve shirt, long pants/trousers, closed-toe, non-slip footwear, broad brim hat and sunglasses, sunscreen and food and drink including plenty of water. A picking bucket will also be required for picking, which can be provided by management to employees for a refundable deposit payment. Deposit payment is refundable at conclusion of season when bucket is returned. Pickers are expected to work 5 days per week, but work is typically available 7 days a week. It is to be determined by the individual if they choose to work 7 days per week. Hours of work are determined by management and will be advised to employees. Work hours are typically 6am – 3pm.

EMPLOYMENT

Each year there are a number of jobs available picking and packing fruit. Work is available seasonally during the fruit harvest, usually running from Early-Mid November to late December. If you are interested in applying for a job picking cherries or sorting and packing fruit, please complete the online application form located on the Fairfields Orchard website – employment section.
Australian Citizens must provide a copy of valid photo identification such as a passport or Driver’s License.
Visa Holders must provide identification documents including valid photo identification such as your Passport, valid work Visa and a Tax File Number from the Australian Taxation Office. An induction will be completed by all employees prior to commencing work. All documents provided must be completed before commencing work.