Fruit and vegetable pickers harvest fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries at farms, market gardens and orchards, and prepare produce for distribution.
Duties & Tasks
Fruit and vegetable pickers may perform the following tasks:select fruit and vegetables for picking according to size and ripeness, and discard rotting and over-ripened produce
operate farm machinery to harvest nuts, fruit and vegetables
load picked fruit and vegetables into containers, taking care to avoid damage
drive tractors or other vehicles to deliver fruit and vegetables to the packing shed
sort and pack produce
drive forklifts to load boxes of produce onto trucks.
Fruit and vegetable pickers work in diverse environments ranging from high-tech, large-scale operations to small family farms.par They may work from ladders or mechanical hoists when they are picking tree crops, or they may have to stoop to pick field and vine crops. Gloves may be worn to protect hands from thorny branches.par Weather conditions can be hot, dusty, humid or rainy, but work usually continues in these conditions to ensure the harvest is completed on time. Harvesting work is seasonal and pickers may travel long distances after picking one crop to get to their next job. Some employers provide accommodation but pickers usually need to find their own.
enjoy practical work
free from skin conditions and allergies to agricultural chemicals
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to work at heights
able to work quickly and consistently for long periods of time
willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
able to travel from property to property to pick fruit and vegetables
able to undertake manual and sometimes heavy work
reliable and motivated.