Apple Pickers

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at Read Farming (view profile)
Location Ashburton, New Zealand
Date Posted 23/01/2024
Category Apples and Pears
Job Type Expressions of Interest
Number of Roles Available 30
Start Date 2024/02/12
End Date 2024/04/05
Starting Rate $24 per hour
Job Benefits Bucket/bin rate bonuses


Hi Everyone,

Our family orchard is assembling our 2024 Apple harvest crew and are looking for applications!!

We have 2 varieties to pick. Estimated harvest dates will be: 12th February -  8th March for Honey Crisp then 11th March - 5th April for Koru. Please note, we will need some flexibility around these dates.

We have 2 picking options:

Option 1: Mechanical Harvester Crew, where teams stand on a platform and pick apples and place on a conveyor. Platform crews are paid $24 per hour. We may be running 2 shifts on the platform if the fruit matures fast. This could require early starts or evening picking. (hopefully this is not the case!) These people need to be strong team players and have an excellent eye for detail.

Option 2: Ladder Crews, these people will work in a 2 person team picking apples with a ladder and bag. An experienced ladder picker can make alot of money in a short time if they pickup the technique. Bin rates for Honey Crisp are $100, and Koru is to be confirmed. Ladder crews will work very closely with our QC to ensure that fruit quality is kept to an optimum.

On your application can you please let me know which crew you would like to be part of.

Our Orchard is located 10 minutes drive from the town of Ashburton. There are some great Accom options in Ashburton and lots of local places to explore on your days off.

We are looking for applicants who will fit into our family orchard dynamic where honest, reliable and hard working people will thrive. Its likely we will work 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday.

You must hold the correct visa for working in New Zealand.

If this sounds like a good fit for you please e mail me.


Mike Read


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