As well as a great place to chill out from your travels, Childers Eco-lodge is also a working hostel. We match backpackers looking for casual work with local employers and farms. There may be harvest work or other farm work. There is no cost to backpackers for this service.
To enquire about working here, please fill out the Work Enquiry Form and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org If we do not have any jobs available we put you on the waiting list for 2 weeks. If you are still looking 2 weeks after you send in your Work Enquiry Form, just send us another email every couple of weeks to stay on the waiting list. Of course if you are waiting at the hostel you are first in line for jobs over those on the email waiting list.
Most of our farms pay an hourly rate so you earn good money and jobs are highly sought after. Payslips are provided and work qualifies for the second year Working Holiday Visa. We expect you to work hard and respect the hostel and our rules. Fruit picking is strenuous work involving working long hours and doing repetitious tasks that can be physically demanding. As a consequence, sufficient physical fitness is an inherent requirement of working as a fruit picker.
If you are working you pay the weekly accommodation rate in advance. Dorms are $190 per week; Doubles $205 each per week in an Eco-tent. You must give 2 nights notice if you are leaving to get a refund on the balance of your week. A bond of 2 nights or credit card number is required when you arrive. You need to give 2 nights notice of leaving, otherwise your bond will be kept/processed. If you give 2 nights notice the balance of any weekly payment will be refunded. A $20 deposit for plates/cutlery is required in cash and refunded when you return everything issued to you (unless you have your own plates etc). If you are working you pay the weekly rate - you cannot 'check out' for any nights then come back to work.
We encourage you to use your own transport to get to work and car pool with others. That way there is no extra cost if you have a car, or you pay a set daily rate if you are getting a ride with someone or in our vehicles. You pay transport at the end of each week.
Email the Work Enquiry Form to email@example.com