The Mango picking season is January in Childers and the season runs for approximately 2-4 weeks. It is hot work involving long hours 7 days a week during the season. 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 citrus picking if positions are available.
There may be other work on the mango farm after picking for good workers.
2019 Avocado season in Childers is set to run from late February/early March to August. We are taking applications for the start of the season NOW for arrivals between 15 and 23 January. There may be training during this period for one of the farms. We also take applications throughout the season.
Places are offered to people with cars first as everyone ride shares to work. There are limited places available and they usually fill up weeks in advance. Please fill in the Application form and call to see if there are places left.
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 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.
Citrus (Lemon and mandarin) picking is available paying a good bin rate. Working 6-7 days a week and running November to April this is a good chance to get all your visa days. Places become available throughout the season.
As it is a bin rate, how much you earn depends on how much effort you put in. Some people make more than the equivalent hourly rate. Hours are generally 10am - 5.30pm although may vary and as with all farm work is weather dependant. Lemons cannot be picked when wet or when humidity is high so work can be stop and start depending on the weather.
You are issued with a picking bag, gloves, a sizing ring and we require a $100 bond for this (credit card number or cash). You need long sleeve Hi-vis shirts (minimum of 3), shorts or long pants, closed shoes, hat, and water bottles. We are required to bus you to the farm and transport costs $5 per day you work.
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 afarm ork and this may affect what days you work, what days are rained off, 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.
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.
To enquire about farm work and staying at Childers Ecolodge please fill in the Work Application Form or email email@example.com , 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.
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 $23.86 per hour. However, some jobs work on a different pay arrangement.
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 year Working Holiday Visa.
Different farms have different requirements:, however generally:
CITRUS PICKING you will need
Can I buy work clothes in Childers?
Dimmeys - new clothes
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.