Frequently Asked Questions
Please read the following carefully
How does the application process work?
You must apply online.
If we have a position available we will contact you. Please check your emails often. Check your junk mail too.
Please wait and be patient, we have more than 1,000 job applications every season.
We will ONLY contact you if we have a position available for you.
If you have been successful we will send you some paperwork to complete. Once all paperwork has been completed and returned, we will invite you for an induction
We will then contact you with your start date. You will not start work on the day of your induction and generally not in that same week.
When do I need to apply?
You can apply anytime but our picking recruitment will generally be between November and March.
Will I get a job faster if I go to the farm office?
No. You will still need to go online and complete the application.
You must have an appointment to come to the farm office. There is no advantage to showing up at the farm.
If I have worked with you before do I need to apply again?
Yes you will. Please make sure you put the years you have worked with us at Mountford Berries and include your picker number (if applicable) in the comments section.
Can I only work for 2-3 weeks?
No. We require a commitment of at least 3 months. If you are only looking for short term work we suggest you try, apple, cherries or vineyards.
What kind of Berries do you grow?
We grow Strawberries, Raspberries and Blackberries.
How many days per week can I work?
Depending on the season and the weather our workers can work from 4 to 6 days per week. We would prefer if you are available at least 5 days per week but we are flexible.
What are the typical working hours?
We typically start at from 6am and try to finish by 2pm. Depending on the weather we may finish at 11am or 5pm.
What is the work like?
The work is very physically demanding and most people find it very challenging in the beginning. The role includes both picking AND packing, it is repetitive, long hot days. It normally takes 2-4 weeks to become a competent picker and longer to become a very good picker
Do my days working at Mountford Berries count towards my second and third year WHV?
Yes we can sign off your first and second years of the WHV
How will I be paid?
You will be paid fortnightly in accordance with the Horticultural Award 2010. Picking and some other jobs are piece rate. There are minimal jobs that are hourly paid.