Our 2017 Mango picking season is estimated to start some time around 16 January and run for approximately 2 weeks. It is hot work involving long hours 7 days a week during the season. It is very weather dependant so storm delays are likely (you can't pick in the wet).
Mango picking is done from the ground or on a cherry picker. The fruit is very delicate and bruises easily so you have to be careful as well as quick. To drive a cherry picker you need to not be afraid of heights!
The sap from the mango stem can cause an allergic reaction in some people - called Mango rash. If you get mango rash you cannot continue working as the toxin builds up the more contact you have with it, causing inflammation and swelling. This also means that you cannot eat mangoes during picking season as this increases the chance of getting mango rash! People with pale skin or red hair are more susceptible to mango rash, so take that into consideration if you are looking to apply.
For good workers the mango picking may lead to planting on the same farm. There is also pineapple picking predicted to start in January and some positions coming up picking zucchinis. The mango farm is the same one that we place pickers for avocados (March to July) so if you are a good worker you may be invited to do avocado season.
Please read our general Working Information. Please fill out and return the Work Application Form. People who are at Childers Eco-lodge are first in line for the jobs. Those with a car may get preference as you share rides to work. 2017 - your will need to arrive before 14 January to be ready to start the season.
Only dorms beds left - rent is $182 per week with free unlimited wifi. Transport if you need it is $4 or $5 a day.
Please call to check how many places are left, then you will need to provide a credit card number for your first night's accommodation, and email a copy of your bus/train ticket to confirm arrival time. If you are arriving in the afternoon or evening bring food for dinner/breakfast and you can shop the following day in town.
Please read the Working Information page
You need at least 3 sets of appropriate work clothing YOU MUST WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES EVERY DAY WITH MANGO PICKING TO MINIMISE CHANCE OF MANGO RASH
•Tshirt with short sleeves (no singlets, no long sleeves)
•Shorts or long pants
•Closed shoes/boots (flip flops or sandals are not suitable)
•A wide brim hat (or at least a cap)
•Water bottles – up to 5 litres in summer
•To take your own healthy lunch and snacks in your own cooler bag