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A Job And An Adventure: Farming Down Under

Are you between ages 18 and 30? Have you ever wanted to travel to Australia? Andrew Coldbeck of The Job Shop in Australia is looking for men and women with farm and ranch experience to fill in on Australian farms during the busy season each spring and fall. The Job Shop will help you navigate the not-too-complicated process of securing the working holiday visa required and will then find you a job, either on a grain farm or a rustic cattle station.

“The mining industry is booming here,” Coldbeck says. That industry is attracting many of the handy, versatile employees that the farming industry needs. Coldbeck’s company has been working for several years at hiring farmhands from Canada and U.S., as the equipment and production processes are very similar.

Those interested in working can expect $20 to $25 an hour (experienced combine operators are paid the most), and can choose to work from eight weeks to an entire year (and more, if you’re truly keen, but there’s more paperwork to be done if that’s the case). Australia’s seeding season is similar to Canada’s, starting in late April and running through June, but harvest only begins around October and runs through December. Cattle mustering, their version of a roundup, starts in April and runs well into November.

Workers can expect working long hours when the sun shines, just like here, but will have accommodations and meals covered. Some farms will provide a vehicle, as well.

Coldbeck says that those interested in a paid adventure can contact him directly at [email protected] au, or by phone by dialling 011-61-08-9228-1457. Due to the time difference, it’s best to leave a message and Andrew or a colleague will return your call. For more information, visit www.thejobshop.com. au.

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