Fruit packer

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at Darlings Fruit Ltd (view profile)
Location Ettrick, New Zealand
Date Posted 12/01/2022
Category Stonefruit (including Cherries)
Job Type Need Staff Now
Number of Roles Available 5
Start Date 2022/01/10
End Date 2022/02/21
Starting Rate $20.00
Job Benefits Accommodation, Free Wifi



The summer fruit season is upon us. The chillers are full, and we require fit, hardworking positive people to complete the final step in the chain of fruit production – the pack house!

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
*Fine tune your skills and gain experience
*Make life long connections

What can you offer us?

*A desire to work hard
*Good English and communication skills
*Reliability and punctuality
*Friendly, positive attitude
*Happy to contribute to a team environment
*A willingness to accept instruction
*A commitment to the whole packing season


Being one of a team of "Packers", you will be required to pack fruit into the appropriate packaging and discard any fruit that does not come up to standard. Training is given to help you recognize the standard of fruit required, also how to switch your table belts on and off safely. An element of lifting is required.

At the end of the day, cleaning up immediate work area, picking up any dropped fruit and taking the discards out to the assigned place, as well as sweeping and cleaning rollers and belts.

The work is quite repetitive, and you will need the ability to self-motivate to achieve goals and manage yourself when the work is physically demanding as the job requires you to spend long periods on your feet. Temperatures in Central Otago can be extreme.

Our usual work hours are 8am to 5pm, although these hours may be longer when necessary due to the volume of fruit being harvested. During summer fruit packing we work Monday to Saturday inclusive.

Work is paid by the hour, with a base hourly rate of $20.00 plus 8% holiday pay.

Accommodation is available near the pack house in Ettrick. Cost is $17 per night per person in a twin share room. Full facilities provided - kitchen, laundry, shower.  Other accommodation options are available if you are self-contained.

So, you’ve been referred to us? Fantastic! 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.

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

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

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

Job Requirements

Must be able to be on your feet for extended periods
Lifting is required

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