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Apricot/Cherry picker

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at Darlings Fruit Ltd (view profile)
Location Ettrick, New Zealand
Date Posted 07/10/2021
Category Stonefruit (including Cherries)
Job Type Expressions of Interest
Number of Roles Available 12
Start Date 2022/01/05
End Date 2022/02/28
Starting Rate $20.00 plus 8% holiday pay
Job Benefits Accommodation, Free Wifi


The summer fruit season is upon us. The trees are laden and we require fit, hardworking positive people to complete the final step in the chain of orchard production – picking!

What can we offer you?

*Unbeatable team atmosphere – small family-owned company
*Feel appreciated and valued. We put people first
*Awesome location – a great base to explore from (within 2 hours of Dunedin, Queenstown,
Wanaka, Invercargill, Catlins)
*Take to our beautiful walking and cycling tracks on your days off
*Affordable, comfortable accommodation
*Hone your skills and earn good $$$
*Life long connections

What can you offer us?

*Previous fruit picking or other physical outdoor work experience
*A desire to work hard
*Reliability and punctuality
*Friendly, positive attitude
*Happy to contribute to a team environment
*A willingness to accept instruction
*A commitment to the whole apple season

Work involves going through the orchard picking Cherries and Apricots from trees using ladders. It is physically demanding work so you must be confident in your base level of fitness to apply. Any previous orchard, farm work or labouring experience would be an advantage but is not essential.

The amount you earn may vary. This depends on how fit and strong you are,  how suited you are to picking and how hard you work. Work is paid by the number of bags/buckets picked, with a base hourly rate of $20.00 plus 8% holiday pay.   When the weather is favourable, we can work up to 9 hours a day and 9-10 days in a row. Days off may not be on a weekend as our harvest is determined by weather or variety maturity. A normal workday will be between 7.30am and 5pm. This may vary depending on workload. Fixed term work from approximately 6th January until mid-February. The start date may vary as we are weather dependant.

If you are interested, there will also be an opportunity to be considered for employment beginning late February for either picking apples or working in our pack house until end of May.

Accommodation onsite can be arranged if required. The cost is $17 per night per person in a twin share room. Full facilities provided - kitchen, laundry, shower.  Other options are available if you are self-contained.

What happens next? We will then send you an application form to complete and return via email.  If we think you are suitable and we have a favourable response from your referees, we will then send you a formal job offer.

*Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or resident, or hold a current WH or SSE Visa for the duration of the work period

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email to

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Job Requirements

Have a good base level of fitness
Happy to work at heights

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