Fruit Thinner

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at Darlings Fruit Ltd (view profile)
Location Ettrick, New Zealand
Date Posted 10/09/2021
Category Stonefruit (including Cherries)
Job Type Need Staff Soon
Number of Roles Available 12
Start Date 2021/10/26
End Date 2021/11/15
Starting Rate $20.00
Job Benefits Accommodation, Free Wifi


The bees have done their work, the frosts have been managed and so now, the baby fruit need room to grow.  That’s where you come in!

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 thinning season

Being part of a supervised team, you will be removing excess fruitlets from trees so that the remaining ones grow large enough.

Work involves 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. As you will be working up a ladder, you must be comfortable with heights.  You need to be fit and healthy!

The work is quite repetitive so you will need the ability to self-motivate to achieve goals and manage yourself when the work is physically demanding. Temperatures in Central Otago can be extreme. The ability to work independently will be an asset to your application.

This role is around 40 hours a week but is weather dependent.  You may be required to work Saturdays if the weather is unfavourable during the week. A normal workday will be between 8.00am and 5.00pm. This may vary depending on the workload. Fixed-term work from 25th October till late December. You will need to provide bank and IRD details. Workers are paid a minimum of $20.00 per hour plus 8% holiday pay.

Accommodation is available on the orchard, located near Roxburgh. 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.

If you are interested, there will also be the opportunity to be considered for employment beginning early January for either picking cherries and apricots on the orchard or working in our packhouse until early to mid-February.

Apply now!


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.

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

Job Requirements

Fit and healthy
Comfortable with heights

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