Looking for some seasonal work? You might be just the person we are looking for!
At Thawley Orchard we rely heavily on seasonal workers from around our area and beyond. Between December and June we have plenty of job opportunities in a number of different roles around the orchard and packhouse.
We offer competitive starting rates, and reward good, consistent work attitudes. Experience is preferred but not essential, as full training will be given before starting at your respective role.
We have onsite accommodation but this is usually reserved for orchard staff. If you do require accommodation please let us know as soon as possible. We also have an on-site motorhome park with power and waste facilities.
out in the orchard
We have two different positions, available at different times of the year, see below for further details.
Orchard staff are paid by contract, and rewarded for good, consistent work attitudes. Experience is preferred but not essential, as full training will be given before starting at your respective role.
Thinning is removing small fruit and excess leaves from the trees to help the remaining fruit grow and colour up. This is done mainly in December and is a very popular job with university students after a bit of extra cash…
If you are interested in helping with thinning for the coming season please apply below, note that applications will only be accepted after October.
Due to crop loading, we may not need many thinners…
Simply put, picking is when we harvest the fruit from the trees. Picking is done by hand, carefully so not to bruise or damage the fruit. We start picking in mid February and finish in early May.
This is a physical job so we recommend that you are fit and healthy if applying for this job, you will also be required to work with a ladder at times.
We accept applications for picking from early January, if you are not a NZ citizen please ensure you have a working visa and passport as you will need these details to apply.
inside the packhouse or coolstore
If you prefer to work indoors in a larger team based environment, then working in either the Packhouse or Coolstore (or a combination of both) may suit you down to the ground…
Working in the packhouse as a grader or packer you will be grading suitable fruit, checking for defects or packing apples and pears into cartons or display trays. You must have good eyesight and be able to work well in a team environment.
We start packing in mid February and usually finish around early to mid June. If you are interested in one of these positions please apply below.
Stacking is just that, stacking the cartons or display trays onto pallets according to their size. You will need to be physically fit and healthy for this job as some of the cartons can weigh up to 22kg.
You may be required to work in other areas in the packhouse at times as needs arise.
We start packing in mid February and usually finish around early to mid June. If you are interested in this position please apply below.
If you enjoy operating a forklift, working in a small team environment and don’t mind the cold then you will fit right in here! There are several different forklift operator roles around the Packhouse and Coolstore so take a look at the relevant post below to view the different tasks involved.
You could be working the coolstore, dumping fruit or loading trucks in the yard… Ideally we look for people with a bit of experience, especially in fruit handling and a forklift operator certificate and F endorsement is a must.
This position will start in late Feb/early March and usually finish around late May/early June. If you are interested in a forklift operator position please apply below.
We need staff to work part time on a Monday and Wednesday to assist with the inspection of apples and pears bound for the USA. Trays of apples are set out for US Department of Agriculture Inspectors to inspect fruit. This role does include a lot of standing and some manual handling of cartons up to 20kg. General working hours are 9am – 4.30pm though some days may only be part due to a lack of fruit for inspection.