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Seasonal Cherry Picker Jobs Available In Canada

Can you work as a Fruit picker in Canada? Do you have the permission to work in Canada? If yes, see below for full details and apply for the job offer today.

Jealous Fruits is the northernmost large scale cherry producer in North America. We grow premium cherries along the shores of Okanagan Lake in the renowned Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Our cherries are all hand packed in our state-of-the-art facility, located right on our farm, and shipped to our customers worldwide.

Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Picking Team Supervisor, the Seasonal Cherry Picker will ensure that the cherries are picked in the orchard, with minimal damage to the tree and to the fruit, while maintaining safety standards.

Duties and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to: )

  • Pick the fruit safely without damage to oneself, the fruit, or the tree.
  • Move full totes to the loading rows where the tractor will pick them up.
  • Take direction from Picking Team Supervisor and Field QC teams.
  • Manage your picker tags
  • Manager your count of totes.
  • Take part in Health and Safety training and ongoing ladder training.

Qualifications

  • Agility, stamina, and able to lift 25lbs on a regular and consistent basis.
  • Good eye for detail and quality assurance.
  • Able to take direction from supervisors and management as required.
  • Able to work for extended periods of time in a focused, safe, and professional manner.
  • Must be a flexible team player who works well in a busy and demanding environment.
  • Picking experience an asset but not required, full training is provided.

Working Conditions

Our working environment is extremely demanding over a short time period. Applicants should be aware that:

  • This is a farming environment and days off may be extremely limited during our picking season.
  • Early season picking will begin around 5am and until early afternoon Once we are in full harvest, pickers will shift to night s and start around midnight until early morning.
  • Work hours are not calendar based but are dependent on crop maturity and weather.
  • Hours per week are variable (40-60+ hours)
  • Applicants must be available from early July until early September.
  • Accommodation is a campsite environment with cooking, washroom, and shower facilities. Applicants must supply all other camping and cooking gear (*Camp fee is $250 per individual for the season).
  • Be aware that you must be able to live and get along in this tented community consisting of people from a wide range of cultures.
  • **Pickers are paid by the pound with the average picker earning around $100-$250 per day depending on experience and quality.
  • Work is conducted outside; it is advisable to be prepared for weather by wearing layers.

Please note: as a “farm worker” under the Employment Standards Act Overtime, Hours of Work and Statutory Holidays provisions do not apply.

Employment Standards Act: definition #farm-workers

General information to be aware of:

– *The camp fee rate for 2022 is $250 for the whole season. Hired employees will receive instructions by email and must pay the fee two weeks after the email is sent or else, they may lose their spot.

– **The picking rate is $0.30/lb (the government rate of $0.30/lb with the Jealous Fruits bonus of $0.03/lb), with any hourly picking set at minimum wage ($15.65/hour). Bonuses are removed for a day only in cases such as poor-quality picking (e.g., too many spurs or branches in totes), poor attitude/disregarding instructions, etc. at the discretion of our picking team supervisors, advised by quality control workers.

– Our pickers strip the trees of all fruit which is sorted for quality and packaged at our plant facility. We encourage all workers to aim for a minimum of 20 totes picked in a standard day (about 2-3 totes/hour – a value approximate to the current minimum wage) – however our most motivated workers can pick over twice that!

– Please note that we have a strict no-pet policy at all our camps, facilities, and orchards due to food safety regulations.

Successful applicants must provide acceptable evidence of being fully immunized against COVID-19 (two doses of Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, plus 14 days after your second vaccination) before a start date can be set. This is due to the living situation and the food production nature of our roles.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary
Contract length: 2 months
Application Deadline: May 30
Expected Start Date: July 11
Hourly Wage: $15.65 minimum wage ( Piece Rate for picking min 0.30/pound )

Job Types: Full-time, Seasonal
Contract length: 2 months

Schedule:

  • 10 hour shift
  • 12 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift

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