Luscious lychees are in season from mid December through January (4-7 weeks depending on the crop and weather events). This is good hourly paid work, 5-7 days a week for the season.
Be prepared to work outside in the hot Queensland summer.
As the season runs over Christmas, you can join us for a famous Ecolodge Christmas at the Beach!
Apply in November/early December.
The Mango picking season is January in Childers and the season runs for approximately 2-4 weeks. It is good hourly paid work involving long hours, 7 days a week in the heat. It is very weather dependant so storm delays are likely (you can't pick in the wet).
Mango picking is done from the ground. The fruit is very delicate and bruises easily so you have to be careful as well as quick.
The sap from the mango stem can cause an allergic reaction in some people - called Mango rash. If you get mango rash you cannot continue working as the allergen builds up the more contact you have with it, causing inflammation and swelling. This also means that you cannot eat mangoes during picking season as this increases the chance of getting mango rash! People with pale skin or red hair are more susceptible to mango rash, so take that into consideration if you are looking to apply. If you do get Mango Rash there may be a possibility of moving onto other jobs if positions are available.
There may be other work on the mango farm after picking for good workers.
Apply in December
Picking avocados usually offers stable work 5 days a week, 7.00 - 3.30/4pm for the season. This is weather and market dependant and can change at times. The cooler Autumn and Winter temperatures and long season make it a popular job to qualify for the Second or Third Year Working Holiday Visa.
Avocados are picked from the ground or a cherry picker; you need a drivers license to operate a cherry picker, and not be afraid of heights. These farms pay an hourly rate so you earn good money and jobs are highly sought after.
We encourage you to use your own transport to get to work and car pool with others. That way there is no extra cost if you have a car, or you just contribute to petrol if you are getting a ride with someone.
As there are many more applications than positions we will only be able to contact you if we can offer you a place.
Apply in January and February 2021 for the start of the season.
There are a variety of small crops grown in the region including sweet potatoes, zucchinis, rockmelons, watermelons, lychees, chillis, blueberries and tomatoes, for which picking comes up at various times.
There is also farm and tree maintenance work outside of the main picking seasons including grafting, pruning, and planting.
Available during September to December this piece rate work is ok for WHV days working 5-7 days a week. Good pickers make good money, but be prepared to stick it out for at least a week until you get up to speed.
Fruit picking is strenuous work involving working long hours,often in the heat, and doing repetitious tasks that can be physically demanding. This means sufficient physical fitness is an inherent requirement of working as a fruit picker.
You need to be mentally prepared to be working outdoors, on your feet, in the Queensland heat. You will be briefed on safety and how to avoid heat stress. It is important to drink lots of water, eat well and not be hungover or dehydrated for work.
You also need to understand that weather and the markets affect farm work and this may change the days you work and hours in the day.
Some jobs start work very early in the morning and are finished by lunchtime to avoid the hottest part of the day. Other jobs start later depending on the crop and the farm schedule.
To enquire about farm work and staying at Childers Ecolodge please fill in the Work Application Form or email firstname.lastname@example.org , with the following information:
If when you apply we do not have any jobs available we put you on the waiting list for 2 weeks. If you are still looking 2 weeks after you send in your Work Enquiry Form, just send us another email every couple of weeks to stay on the waiting list. Of course if you are waiting at the hostel you are first in line for jobs over those on the email waiting list. During peak season however the hostel is full and spots (jobs and beds) only come up when people move on.
Most of our farms pay an hourly rate so you earn good money and jobs are highly sought after. The current Horticultural Award rate is $24.36 per hour. However, some jobs work on a different pay arrangement and junior rates apply for 16-19 year olds.
Some jobs pay by contract rate (by bucket, bin, or bunch). You will be told what the rate is, and how much you are expected to pick to give you an idea of what an average worker will earn.
With contract rates the faster you work the more you pick and the more you earn. With hourly rate what you earn is set. In either situation, if you are not performing your work to the required standard, or if you don't have a good attitude or listen to instructions, you will not be required any longer. We cannot place you at another job if this happens.
Payslips are provided and work qualifies for the second and third year Working Holiday Visa.
Different farms have different requirements: however generally:
Can I buy work clothes in Childers?
Yes at Vinnies & Family Shop (second hand).
Hardware shop has work boots but best to bring trainers/sneakers with you.
NOTE: your work clothes/shoes will most likely be permanently stained with red soil so don't wear your favourite gear.
Please fill in the application form and email to email@example.com
If you can't fill in the form put the answers in an email.
Due to the high number of applications you will only get a reply if there is a chance of a job coming up. See FAQ's above for details on the Waiting List.