Employment Opportunities

At M A Orchards we rely heavily on seasonal workers from around our area and beyond. Between November through to May we have plenty of job opportunities in a number of different roles around the orchard. Experience is preferred but not essential, as full training will be given before starting at your respective role.

Job Application Form

Producing Orchards

Orchard staff are paid by hourly or contract, we reward thorough and consistent work ethics. Full training will be given before starting at your respective role, all you need is a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

April – July 2016

Work available for tree training and winter pruning from end of April for up to 3 months. Must stay for 1 month minimum. 

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Orchard Development (July – November)

This involves a number of tasks that include physical labour, machinery operation and working on mechanical planting machines. Once the trees are planted irrigation and trellis construction are completed before tree tying and training starts. There are a number of tasks each requiring certain attributes from staff so please apply to find out if we have a suitable position for you.

Thinning (20th November – 20th December)

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 and travellers after a bit of extra cash …

Picking (25 February – 05 April)

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 at the beginning of March and finish mid April. 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.

M A Orchards Job Application Form

*** Currently we are hiring harvest staff to start at the beginning of March 2017.

 

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Job Types

Hours of work

  • Thinning Minimum 8 hours per day, paid by contract (number of trees thinned)
  • Picking Minimum 8 hours per day, paid by contract (number of bins picked)

Position you are applying for?
Orchard Development (July – November)Thinning (20th November – 20th December)Picking (25 February – 05 April)Tree Training & Pruning (April – July)

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General Health

If you have any health conditions that could affect your employment as a picker, thinner or orchard developer please state them in the box below.

Prior to work commencing a health and safety induction and full training will be given.
An employment contract will need to be signed and an IR330 tax form filled in.

What You Need to Work in NZ

If you are not a New Zealand citizen you need a Work Visa. Before applying for a job with us make sure you have completed all the Visa requirements.
Learn more here

Pickers Needed

Thinners Required