Jackaroos (male workers) and jillaroos (female workers) undertake a range of activities on cattle and sheep stations.
Personal requirements of a Jackaroo
- enjoy working outdoors
- able to deal confidently with people
- good communication and organisation skills
- able to make accurate observations
- mechanical aptitude
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job, undertaking manual and often heavy work
- able to endure isolation and limited social contact
- interested in animals and their welfare
- able to handle animals with confidence and patience.
Duties & Tasks of a Jackaroo
Jackaroos and jillaroos may perform the following tasks:
- care for livestock and treat minor injuries and illness
- muster on horseback or motorbike
- maintain station equipment and inspect, repair or replace fences, gates and yards
- use and maintain vehicles and heavy machinery
- undertake farming work such as cultivation and haymaking
- assist with light household duties
- undertake clerical and administrative tasks.
Working conditions for a Jackaroo
Jackaroos and jillaroos spend most of their time working outdoors. They may live in shared accommodation on the property or occasionally in the house of the owner or manager.