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There’s something pure about working on the land. Waking up at the break of dawn, breathing in the fresh morning air, and getting ready for the day ahead.

As the sun rises, your day begins. You spend your working hours in the warm summer sun, engaging with nature and physically occupying yourself. Working out in nature with your body leads to a rewarding sense of satisfaction that you’ve contributed to something authentic, and as your day ends, you feel physically tired but mentally refreshed and ready to enjoy your evening. No late nights, no checking emails, no after-hours phone calls.

Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?

And the reality is, this flexible work is readily available for all Australian jobseekers. The Australian Government’s Harvest Trail links job seekers with harvest jobs across the country, allowing job seekers to travel to Australia at their own pace while also working and earning money.

Here are our top tips for securing harvest work.

Choose where you want to work

Do a bit of research about where you want to work. Perhaps you’d like to harvest grapes in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, pick cherries in Orange, NSW, or perhaps you’d like to go mango picking in Darwin. Learning about the area you’d like to work in will give you further understanding of what sort of climate to expect, how far the nearest town is, and what sort of day-to-day seasonal work you may be doing.

Establish what kind of work you want

Set out your goals and outline what you want to achieve in your harvest work. If you want to save money, create a budget that takes into consideration how much money you’ll earn in the time, you’ll be working. If you’re interested in gaining new skills, ensure that the farm you’re applying for is aware that you’re up for new challenges and want to learn more about the agricultural side of the business. If you’re undertaking the work as a physical experience, ensure that you’re fit and healthy to get the most out of work.

Create an engaging application

As with all job applications, it’s important to tailor your cover letter and resume to your potential employer. Suggest a time to discuss the opportunity over the phone or in person to show your enthusiasm. Try and be specific about why you want the seasonal work, and why you’re the right person for the job and their business.

Farm and harvest work is a rewarding opportunity that allows job seekers to seek new challenges and experience more of Australia while earning a wage. While the work can be physically demanding and subject to inclement weather, your harvest experience can be richly rewarding when you walk away with new skills, new friends and a new appreciation for working on the land.


Call us today on 1800 773 338 or email contactus@peopleplusaustralia.com.au and a member of our team will be in touch.

To find out more about Harvest Trail and how it can link you with an exciting seasonal job, visit https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest

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