Harvest grows job pool

SEASONAL WORK AVAILABLE: Viterra Harvest worker Hannah uses the seasonal work on offer to set herself up financially for the year, while studying at university.

OVER 100 seasonal jobs have been made available throughout the Limestone Coast as grain handler Viterra prepares for the 2021-2022 harvest season.

Bordertown, Keith, Wolseley, Frances and Coonalpyn have around 120 jobs combined available while Dooen (near Horsham), has another 42.

Viterra human resources manager Alyson Gilbey said the seasonal roles would offer people an opportunity to earn good money and learn some new skills.

“Harvest enables people to upskill or gain new work experience, make friends and earn money in a short space of time, with good hourly rates,” she said.

“There is also the potential to develop a career and stay in an ongoing role.

“Anyone can apply, with no need for prior experience.”

Hannah, a second year nursing student, said she applied for a harvest position with Viterra to help broaden her skills and set herself up financially for the year ahead.

“Over the course of the harvest, I was able to step into different roles and take on new responsibilities,” she said.

“During the year it can be tricky balancing work with study, but what I earn during the harvest really sets me up for the rest of the year.”

Ms Gilbey said this year’s harvest would rely on local people, like Hannah, even more this year, as the number of people travelling interstate continues to be impacted by COVID.

“The work available with Viterra is a great fit for people looking for work experience, or those between jobs seeking short-term opportunities.

“We get a lot of applications from people of all ages and backgrounds including semi-retirees travelling throughout the state.”

Michelle and Darren are hoping to be back for another harvest this year, saying they first took up roles with Viterra to fund their retirement travel.

“Now it’s an annual event that we both look forward to,” Michelle said.

Positions are available from around October until January 2022 and include grain handling, bunker and weighbridge operations, as well as laboratory grain analysts – with career progression possible across the company.

Visit www.viterra.com.au to apply.