Seasonal work provides a pathway to a rewarding, long-term career in Tasmania’s vibrant agricultural sector.
While for many, the peak of the harvest season has passed, there are still diverse seasonal employment opportunities over the autumn and winter months.
Also remember, during the end of winter job demand will increase as many producers prepare for the busy season ahead.
Where to find a harvest job
- On the Harvest Trail website use the ‘Filter by’ location option under the map and select TAS to find your Tassie harvest job.
To speak directly with someone about job opportunities and how to register for jobs call the Harvest Trail Information Service on 1800 062 332.
More harvest job options
Backpacker Jobs - Backpacker Jobs is an online job board for backpackers in Australia, connecting working holidaymakers with farms.
Gumtree - Gumtree is a major online classifieds site that includes a large number of postings for agricultural work across Australia.
Support for retrenched and redundant workers
Rapid Response Skills Initiative
provides up to $3,000 towards the cost of training for eligible people who have lost casual, full-time or part-time work in the last 12 months.
Interstate harvest workers
Tasmania’s peak harvesting period occurs from December to March each year and usually requires about 9,000 seasonal workers.
While employing more Tasmanian residents for the upcoming season is a priority for the Tasmanian Government, having experienced seasonal workers from interstate is critical to support Tasmanian agricultural businesses during the harvest season.
For more information on Tasmanian border entry requirements for seasonal workers visit the Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus website.
Seasonal produce harvest dates
The graph below shows when seasonal produce is harvested throughout the year:
If you are looking for transport options to get to/from the farm, speak to your employer about what might be available for you to link into in the area.
Transport Pilot Program
This Program, initiated by Fruit Growers Tasmania in January 2021, is funded by the Tasmanian Government and is enabling local workers to get to and from work.
Fruit Growers Tasmania, in partnership with the Huon Valley Council and the Get Picking Program, is delivered by Community Transport Services Tasmania and offers daily transport services (6 days per week) to participating businesses using bus and coach-based transport services. Transport costs will be shared between the picker, the employer and the Tasmanian Government.
It is anticipated that this pilot program will transport up to 250 workers per day who would otherwise be unable to take up the seasonal work opportunities.
While the pilot will commence in the Huon Valley, once tested it will be expanded to include other areas including the Derwent Valley, Kingborough and Launceston region.
Information for Harvest Employers
Use the Harvest Trail Jobs Board
to list your vacancies.
The Harvest Trail Jobs Board is a free Australian Government service to help connect you with people who are looking for work now.