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Farm Hand / Irrigation - Katherine, NT

1 position(s) | 5 Jun 2019 - 3 - 5 months

Job # 29503 Location NT - Regional
Duration 3 - 5 months Suburb Katherine
Industry Agriculture Direction 325kms South of Darwin
Hours per week 38   ($Neg.)

Job Description:

Starting mid-June, an established melon farm are looking for a tractor driver and labourer for irrigation work near to Katherine (300 kms south of Darwin).

The main responsibility will be to manage the application of fertilisers and other water-soluble nutrients into an irrigation system.  Tasks will include driving a tractor / 4WD ute / quad bike and calculating basic maths to ensure the correct solutions are added, mixed and applied on the plantations to maximise the yield.

Applicants should :

  • Have some farm / outdoor labouring experience and a good level of physical fitness
  • Be fluent in spoken English and have great communication skills
  • Be flexible and able to cope with change and varying work conditions
  • Have a manual driving licence (own transport advantageous)
  • Be able to work independently using initiative and as part of a bigger team
  • Be self motivated with a positive can do attitude

A knowledge of irrigation systems and a qualification in Horticulture would be beneficial but not essential.

Mobile and internet reception can be limited. Work will be for 5/6 days a week for at least 8 hours per day during the peak of the harvest. Long hours will be available and some weekend work will be required. Working hours may vary depending on weather conditions. Work is available until the end of the dry season (normally end of November) depending on performance. Applicants should be able to commit to this work for at least 3 months. 

Donga style basic accommodation is provided on the farm (at cost) and staying in the farm accommodation is recommended. Own transport is essential due to the location 20kms from the nearest town and you will need to have a manual driving licence.

This is a unique opportunity to live and work in the NT, there are plenty of great activities for your down time such as hiking, fishing and camping. The Katherine region is ready to be explored boasting the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park and Leliyn (Edith Falls). Closeby are Mataranka Thermal Pools, and the breath taking scenery of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.

Register and APPLY at providing an up to date resume and a recent work reference.

This job will count for visa extension for workers on 417 and 462 visas. 

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