Seasonal Orchard Jobs

Join our Orchard Harvest Team

Pure Pac has up to 200 opportunities to offer as part of our orchard harvest crew. 

Opportunities include:

Cherry Pickers
Gang Leaders
Bucket and Gang Assistants
Bucket Assistants/Quadbike Drivers
Tractor and Forklift Operators

Full Season (1st Intake): 70 Positions starting mid December and ending early February. 

Peak Season (2nd and 3rd Intake): 130 Positions starting early January and ending early February. 

Where: Near Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand

Applications now open

 

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Picking

Picking

You will be issued a picking harness to hold your bucket and allow you to pick hands free. Training on how to identify ripe cherries and pick them quickly without damaging them will be provided. We typically cluster pick cherries in bunches, but other techniques might also be asked of you.

We normally have 3 to 4 large teams of 40-50 pickers working together, known as "gangs". Any type of picking work can be quite physically demanding, it might take your body a couple of days to get used to the new movement. 

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Ladders

Ladders

To be a picker you will need to use your ladder safely. Full training will be provided.

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Orchards

Orchards

Our dozen cherry orchards are all located around Cromwell, mostly in the Parkburn Quarry and Mount Pisa area, there is also one in Bannockburn. We have one orchard in Queensbury which is a little further out of town, you will receive some paid travel time for working on this orchard. 

For your own convenience we recommend having your own transport or sharing with someone in your gang. We do provide shuttles for those who don't have transport although spaces are limited.  

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Barcodes on buckets

Barcodes on buckets

Each picker is assigned a unique barcode. You have to make sure that your barcode is on all the buckets you picked as you get paid for each bucket.

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Field bins

Field bins

All buckets with cherries get scanned into a field bin which is how we transport the cherries.

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Bucket Assistants

Bucket Assistants

Bucket assistants move the full buckets to the end of the rows, where they get scanned into the field bins. Bucket Assistants and Quad Bike Drivers share the same position. They move the buckets down the rows of the orchard to the field bins and then move the field bins with a quad bike & trailer. 

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Field QC

Field QC

Field Quality Controllers make sure that only the best cherries are picked for our customers.

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Tractor Drivers

Tractor Drivers

Tractor Drivers move the field bins.

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Quad Bike Drivers

Quad Bike Drivers

Bucket Assistants and Quad Bike Drivers share the same position. They move the buckets down the rows of the orchard to the field bins and then move the field bins with the quad bikes. 

Seasonal Packhouse Staff

We need Seasonal Packhouse Staff for our Cherry Harvest

When: mid Dec - beginning Feb

Where: Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand

Packhouse Jobs