Tomato Picking, Packing, Crop Work and Nursery Roles 2021


Our tomatoes are grown year round in one of Australia’s largest and most advanced glasshouse facilities, located in Guyra, NSW. A $70+ million expansion project is currently underway which will increase our production area by 33% and create an additional 150 jobs onsite.

Our state-of-the-art glasshouse technology puts Costa Tomatoes at the forefront of innovation in ecologically sustainable practices and sets us apart in the fruit and vegetable industry.

About the roles

We are looking for enthusiastic people who are interested in working in a variety of roles available in our glasshouse operations located in the heart of the beautiful NSW Northern Tablelands.

These entry level positions are a great starting point for a variety of opportunities in our team. Learn the basics before progressing to team leader or supervisory positions, or branching out into other departments or specialists functions such as maintenance, plant health, quality control, despatch, agronomy, supply and administration.   

There are multiple roles available:

Crop Work

These roles involve: 

  • Caring for our tomato plants (leafing, pollinating, twisting, lowering)
  • Working in large Glasshouses with high humidity and warm temperatures (up to 30 degrees)
  • Standing or walking for 8 hours per shift, with breaks
  • Repetitive low muscle load movement of hands, wrists, arms, elbows, shoulder, neck
  • Working at heights (depending on task
  • Shifts are mostly rostered Monday to Friday

Picking

These roles involve: 

  • Picking our tomatoes
  • Working in large Glasshouses with high humidity and warm temperatures (up to 30 degrees)
  • Standing or walking for 9.5 hours per shift, with breaks
  • Repetitive low muscle load movement of hands, wrists, arms, elbows, shoulder, neck
  • Working at heights (occasionally)
  • Shifts are mostly rostered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Packing

These roles involve: 

  • Packing our tomatoes
  • Working in a large indoor packing facility which may be cooled to 12 degrees
  • Standing for 9.5 hours per shift, with breaks
  • Repetitive low muscle load movement of hands, wrists, arms, elbows, shoulder, neck
  • Shifts are mostly rostered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Nursery Hand

These roles involve: 

  • Planting seeds and grafting tomato plants
  • Caring for our young tomato plants (crop work)
  • Working in large Glasshouses with high humidity and warm temperatures (up to 30 degrees)
  • Some tasks require standing or walking for 8 hours per shift, with breaks
  • Repetitive low muscle load movement of hands, wrists, arms, elbows, shoulder, neck
  • These are mostly "on call" casual positions, which may be worked any day of the week.

     

Other Roles

Please also complete this application form to express interest in other departments onsite including:

  • Maintenance / Trade
  • Quality Control / Quality Assurance
  • Administration
  • Cleaning
  • Agronomy/Technical role
  • Forklift / Machine Operator

 

Hours of Work

Most glasshouse and pack house roles are rostered for 38 hours week plus reasonable additional hours as required.

On-call casual positions are also available.

Hours will vary according to department and role, most shifts are rostered Monday - Friday.

 

Pay Rate

Current commencement pay rate for Crop, Pick, Pack, Nursery roles: $25.08 per hour (Casual Level 1)

 

About you

Successful candidates must:

  • Have access to reliable transport to and from the work site
  • Be physically fit with the ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time
  • Be able to work in a warm and humid environment (crop and picking roles)
  • Have an understanding of basic English (written and spoken)
  • Work cooperatively and respectfully in a multicultural workforce
  • Have a strong focus and commitment to Occupational Health and Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Personal Hygiene

 

Relocating to the area?

From 1 December 2020, the Australian Government is offering relocation assistance when you relocate to take up ongoing work, or short-term agricultural work! Check out the attached document or click here for more information. 

 

About Costa

We’re Costa. Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables.

On the land, in distribution centres, and out on the roads – Costa people work hard to bring the freshest produce to tables across Australia.

But joining our team is about more than just hard work. It’s about picking a meaningful, sustainable job that’s good for you, and for Australia.

Costa is committed to sustainable agriculture. Not only is it a key strategy for maximising our profitability, it’s also crucial to ensuring that our country’s natural resources are utilised in both an environmentally responsible and efficient manner. By taking this approach, Costa grows products which are healthy, safe and of the highest quality, while at the same time protecting and improving the natural environment.

With over 60 farms across Australia, our produce categories include:

  • Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries)
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Citrus (Oranges, Lemons, Mandarins, Tangelos, Limes, Grapefruit)
Our produce is supplied to all the major Australian supermarket chains, as well as independent grocers and a range of food industry stakeholders. We also export to Asia, North America and Europe.

 

For further information please contact tomato.recruitment@costagroup.com.au

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Full time, Casual / Seasonal

Job no: TX051

Location: Guyra

Category: Tomato

Closing Date: Friday, 31 December 2021