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Tractor Driver for Cropping Farm for 3-6 Months

1 position(s) | As soon as possible

Job # 30407 Location WA - Regional
Duration 3-6 months Suburb Ravensthorpe
Industry Agriculture Direction 530kms SE of Perth
Hours per week 50+   ($25)

Job Description:

Starting ASAP, an experienced tractor driver / farmhand is required for 3-6 months work on a cropping farm in the Ravensthorpe area (5.5 hours southeast of Perth).

The farm is about 60kms from Ravensthorpe, so applicants must have their own vehicle.

Duties from now until seeding in April will include:
- Cleaning up paddocks and dams using loader to knock down and clear trees, removing paddy melon roots, etc. Most of the clearing work will be done with plant machinery, but some general labouring may be required.
- Depending on skill level of the operator, this person may be trained to operate a CASE Patriot self-propelled boomspray. If not capable of spraying, this person will be spreading fertilizer.
- Preparation for seeding which includes track raking, loader work, maintenance on seeding machinery.
- Some general labouring such as fencing.

Once seeding starts in April, this person will be operated a new Case Steiger 550hp tractor with a 60 foot seeding bar.  

The ideal candidate for this role will come from a strong broadacre farming background and have previous experience operating large scale farming machinery in Australia or in their home country. Excellent English is essential, as is the ability to work unsupervised. Hours will typically be 50+ per week, Monday-Friday with weekends off. There is potential for more hours if this person is very skilled with machinery. Pay rate will be negotiated based on experience and operators with good skills can expect $25/hour+.

Accommodation is provided for free in a shared house on the farm (own room). This person will be living on their own in the house until end of March when the farm takes on a 2nd person for seeding. The house has all necessary living and cooking appliances as well as a satellite TV.

Outside of work there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in local community activities such as footy, tennis, golf, etc. There is also access to beaches and fishing at Hopetoun, which is 30 minutes south of Ravensthorpe.

The Job Shop has worked with this farmer for the last 4 years and we always receive fantastic feedback from staff we send to this farm.  Here is what one of our last staff members said: The family is very nice and Mark has done great job around the farm. Here I've had the opportunity to do things I have never done before, like operating the spray rig. Mark is very good boss and teaches things in a way that is easy to understand."

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