Want or need to do some farm work? Here we look at options for finding agricultural work for backpackers, travellers, nomads of all ages, working holidaymakers and anyone really who wants to experience life on the land.
We’ve been on the road for a few years now and one of the most common questions we get asked is how we find work along the way. The places we’ve worked have been totally memorable for the experiences, the scenery and the people we’ve met, so there’s far more benefit to working around the country than just the $ – though of course $ are most useful. So here’s a list of some helpful resources. Of course some jobs, and some farms/employers, are better than others. Do your research before you go to make sure you have an awesome experience and not an awesomely bad one.
Note that while the following list covers a wide range of options for farm work, there are some sites/pages/groups that specialise in work particularly for backpackers, some for grey nomads and some who are glad to see any jobseeker who’ll turn up (straight,sober and cheerful) and be capable of and willing to do the work that needs to be done.
So if a job interests you, why not make an enquiry about it? Here’s a few places to start your search.
Agricultural Work Resources – Australia
Agricultural recruitment agency offering Australia-wide rural employment opportunities across a range of sectors. Also on FB.
An agricultural labour hire company. Usually has jobs around many of the states mostly in regional and remote areas. Also on FB.
Extensive listings of fruit picking, harvest and other rural jobs. Need to sign up but there is a free subscription option. Has useful guides on what’s involved when working with various different crops information guides for backpackers. Also on FB.
All kinds of jobs listed here from caretaking to mystery shopping. Many of the jobs are rural/remote – though not all – and you can find some of the most unusual work here. My favourite: “parrot scaring technician”. Some jobs are paid, some are exchange and some a combination of both. Also on FB.
If you haven’t discovered Gumtree, well it is a treat and one of my favourite goto’s for a great many useful things in life. Here you can find listings of all kinds of jobs including a Farming and Veterinary section. I have also seen people put up their own ads in jobs wanted. A lot of employers like Gumtree because it is popular and also free to advertise but you need to be aware there is no verification or review process on the site so use caution when advertising and/or responding to advertisements
Australian Government site providing information for jobseekers about various crops, locations and seasons (the Harvest Trail). You can download the National Harvest Guide from this site and/or call the National Harvest Information Service on 1800 062 332 to find out about harvest trail jobs.
Just put in what and where and Indeed will provide a good long list of available job opportunities.
Jobsearch facility and detailed information on working in Australia including farm work. Also on FB.
Servicing Victoria/NSW/SA, Madec is a community based non-profit organisation which amongst its other roles provides an employment service for people looking for harvest jobs. Also on FB.
A recruitment agency focussed on rural work with clients mainly in Western Australia. They encourage applications from Australians and overseas visitors, particularly looking for people with skills in driving tractors, trucks, headers, combine harvesters and similar. Also on FB.
On Seek you can search for any kind of job by keyword/classification/location or any combination. So with agricultural work it’s easy to set your search for the type of work and location you want. Also on FB.
Regional recruitment agency (WA and NT) with listings in agriculture, hospitality, trades and labour recruitment and more.
Dedicated recruitment service for travellers. There is a membership fee. Also on FB.
Focussed on the Grey Nomad Lifestyle, this site has a classified section including help wanted
Found a useful place or link for finding work? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.