Working on an orange orchard involves picking and packing the fruit, citrus trees can be tall and plentiful which will mean work can involve climbing up trees. The job will involve long hours in the sun, as well as being repitious, tiring and very hard. If you haven’t had prior experience picking oranges, you will be taught the correct technique by your farmer or boss. Understanding how to use a picking ladder and the correct picking technique will make you more efficient as a picker which will result in a bigger pay cheque.
Orange Picking Tips
The appropriate time for picking oranges depends on various factors including the type of orange, weather, and the farmers plans for storage of the fruit itself. Consult with your farmer to ensure your using the correct picking, it will help you pick more which means a few extra dollars to travel.
Orange Picking Locations
Narromine, Loxton, Tooleybuc, Bundaberg, Berri, Gol Gol, Emerald
Cobram, Kununurra, Waikerie, Barmera, Renmark, Swan Valley
Mildura, Griffith, Cadell, Bourke, Shepparton, Hillston
Swan Hill, Leeton, Paringa, Gin Gin, Nangiloc, Moora
Gayndah, Nyah, Mareeba, Mundubbera, Wentworth, Atherton
Things you’ll need
Work will be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse.
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Did you know?
If you planting a single seed from an orange you may get more than one plant growing from it!
People new to fruit picking typically take a couple of days to develop their picking technique. As workers are usually paid per bin/bucket pay is typically lower in the first few days of work. Once the technique has been perfected, picking efficiency increases and in turn quantities picked and pay.