Seasonal roles

There are a variety of seasonal roles across our growing regions and in our Pack-houses at Union Road in Pukekohe and Rakaia.

Production Roles

From November each year through to end of March we have a requirement for a number of seasonal staff. The skills required for these roles range from machinery operators who are experienced in ground preparation, planting, harvesting and some spraying. Also required are a number of staff who may have less experience driving the larger machinery and technical farming ability but can carry out more general machinery operating roles and general farm work. We begin recruiting for these roles in May and encourage applications from Northern Hemisphere people who would like to incorporate working here as part of a working holiday through their winter months. We have limited backpacker type shared accommodation for which we charge a nominal weekly rental. If you believe you have the skills required for a role in our production teams then please email simon.wilcox@aswilcox.co.nz for further information and a job description. You can expect to work from 40 up to 70 hours per week, depending on the weather.

2020/2021 Harvest Season:

Due to COVID-19 and the ongoing NZ border closure, we are limited in our ability to recruit staff from overseas. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you. We may not be able to facilitate work in New Zealand for the 2020/2021 harvest season, but we will still be wanting to know of candidates who may want to be considered for future work.

If you think that you may be interested in working in New Zealand over the summer periods – generally from November through to March, then send your cv and the time you are planning to travel to jan.bott@aswilcox.co.nz and we will be back in touch with you.

Should there be any change to our current border restrictions due to COVID-19, we will immediately revise our overseas recruitment plans.

Pack-House Roles

The majority of seasonal work is available from late January to end of May in our Onion Export Packhouse based at Pukekohe. We begin our recruitment for these roles in November each year. These roles cover grading, quality control, floor working and fork-hoist driving. We have changed the working hours for this season commencing on a 9 shift, increasing to a 12 hour shift 6 days per week through the busy period. Training is provided and these roles usually suit people who want to work for a short period and then continue on their travels

For local applicants, we advertise the roles in the Franklin County News, on Facebook and local Grapevines from late November onwards.

Application Process

For any of our seasonal workers, you must be able to provide proof of your eligibility to work in New Zealand even if you are currently living in New Zealand.

For applicants coming from overseas, you will need to have a working holiday visa approved before you travel to New Zealand – www.immigration.govt.nz for more information and how to apply for your visa.

You will also need to apply for a NZ IRD number – www.ird.govt.nz for information on what is required and a New Zealand bank account number.

All new employees at Wilcox will be required to undergo a pre employment drug screen prior to an offer of employment being confirmed. This will be discussed with you at the time of interview. Our sites are drug and alcohol free and we conduct drug testing in a number of situations including random testing. A copy of our Drug & Alcohol Policy is available for any staff member to access.

Complete the application form and forward this with your CV to jan.bott@aswilcox.co.nz

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