Employment Opportunities

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So you want to come and work for us? If you are an overseas backpacker / tourist looking for work on a temporary visa, there are a few things you should consider and know about agricultural work in Far North Queensland.

Fitness

Fitness

Firstly, the work is strenuous and you need to consider your own fitness and health status for suitability to the wide variety of tasks you may be asked to undertake. Environmental conditions may be the toughest you have ever experienced and you need to be a healthy, resilient worker to endure some conditions in the monsoon season.

Preparation

Preparation

Howe Farming takes pride in providing a safe working environment for all permanent and casual staff, however many farm job applicants arrive ill prepared for our working environments. The heat of the tropical sun can easily sap the strength of a healthy worker who is not prepared with a large supply of water to drink, a sleeved shirt to shield off the sun and a hat to provide the essential shade for the head.

Footwear

Footwear

The rich, volcanic soil of the Tablelands which provides the impetus for crop production, has a high clay content. In the monsoons, this becomes slippery for workers and machinery alike, making good traction an important consideration. The “flip flops” and “joggers” of a town and beach have no place on the farms and every worker needs to wear strong protective footwear, providing a sure footing in the wet conditions to avoid slipping over.

Hygiene

Hygiene

Personal hygiene is important also; as well as working closely with others, diseases can be contracted from the soil and wildlife, and the humid conditions can promote a range of rashes and skin eruptions. Attention needs to be taken to regular showering and thorough drying to combat opportunist bacteria spoiling your work chances.

Safety

Safety

Safety is paramount across our farms and whilst Howe Farms is a leading company in agricultural safety, the efforts to prevent injuries from occurring through policies, procedures, training and supervision will be void if you do not practice safety or do not fully comprehend the safe way to undertake the tasks on the farms.

Language

Language

English comprehension is important to read safety signage and to understand safety instructions. Without sufficient grasp of the language, you will be placing yourself and the workmates alongside you in harm’s way. Re-consider farm work as an employment option if your English comprehension is poor.

Seasonal

Seasonal

The tenure of your visa is important, as employment will favour those who will be able to join the work teams and provide a stable and reliable work force for the harvest seasons of crops. Farm employment opportunities will rise and fall as crops mature and require harvesting. May to October are slow periods of the year for fruit growing and our staff requirements during this time are minimal. Our peak season is between November and April.

If you have read all of the above and still believe that you are suitable for farm work, click here to view our current job listings.