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2nd Year Visas for Fruit Picking Jobs in Australia

By Josh Bolstad Subscribe to RSS | January 9th 2012 | Views:
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Fruit picking is the backpacker’s lifesaver, not just in Australia, but throughout Europe and the Americas. But to say it's a job only taken up by backpackers and students would be like saying that Mount Everest is a small hill in the South of France. In Australia, the fruit/produce picking season, also known as harvest, peaks during summer. Between the months of December and May, the majority of fruit across Australia, such as grapes, stone fruit (plums, peaches, apricots) and mangoes come into season, but there are many exceptions to this rule.

For instance, in different states and territories, the weather patterns and temperatures can change year in and year out, so the picking season can often differ. In Western Australia, for example, they get more days of sunshine on average than any other state.

As a result, regions such as minimum, Pemberton, and Bunbury in Western Australia hold their apple harvest between March and May. Furthermore, it's not just fresh fruit that is gathered annually, but also seafood - in particular crayfish, prawns, rock lobsters. In general, becoming a fruit picker requires no experience and most farms and orchards are eager to get more hands working, but those who have entertained the idea of harvesting fruit are quick to talk about the hard labour. Most fruit pickers start early in the morning and finish before the brunt of the summer sunshine hits later on in the afternoon, though this will of course vary from one orchard to the next. Providing the nature of work, fruit picking happens to be a very lucrative career for the gap packers.

Work is usually in small rural towns that provide a great way of getting to know the locals and experiencing the ‘real’ Australia. Some farms offer on-site accommodation, while in other areas you can stay in hostels or caravan parks. Hostel and caravan park staff will be a great help in finding you work. Also check out the local papers and notice boards for job vacancies. It is possible for you to move around finding fruit picking work along the way. You will find that a lot of working holiday makers will follow similar routes, following the harvests. The work is physically demanding and early starts are a common requirement, but there is a great satisfaction in the healthy outdoors living. Mainly due to the above factors, fruit picking has been on top of the list of the students as well as vacationers.

Whenever it comes to an occupation, all considers the remuneration in the beginning. As far the remuneration is concerned, fruit picking jobs Australia is a highly rewarding job. Most of the farm and fruit yard owners look for temporary employees alone. The reason is simple. Fruit picking jobs Australia happens to be a seasonal job mainly. Employing permanent staffs is unnecessary for a farm that mainly runs on fruit harvesting. Thus, the owners of these business owners look for fruit pickers only during the seasons of fruit picking. Following the same, it has become a lucrative part-time job for most of the vacations who look for ways of earning whilst their vacations.

Josh Bolstad - About Author:
Josh Bolstad is an expert and works a lot on gap year jobs Australia he has written a lot of writing and published so that people can come to know more about jobs in Australia.

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