our
  jobs

We have different jobs available through the year. Here is some information on what is involved with each position.

packhouse work

Apple Dump Forklift Driver

Apple Dump Forklift Driver

February-July

Provide forklift support to ensure a continuous allocation of fruit is supplied to the apple dump system. To ensure empty bins are removed from the apple dump.

Dispatch Forklift Driver

Dispatch Forklift Driver

February-July

Provide forklift support to Palletisation and Despatch Areas

Packer

Packer

February-July

Packers remove sub-standard fruit (spoilage) and arrange the apples on the trays gently before packing trays into the boxes and sending the boxes off down the line.

Palletisation Operator

Palletisation Operator

February-July

Label Pallets to market/customer/exporter requirements

Stacker

Stacker

February-July

Stacking cartons/packs onto pallets

Tray Feeders

Tray Feeders

February-July

Tray Feeders load apple trays according to size and packing type for the apple packers to pack into.

orchard work

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General Forklift Driver

Provide forklift support to Fruit packing area, managing and printing bin tickets

February-July

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Harvesting

Orchard workers pick the mature apples from the trees.

Mid February-Early May

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Orchard Worker

The Orchard Worker is responsible to the Orchard Manager for the efficient day to day completion of orchard tasks & activities. The Orchard Worker will ensure that the daily tasks as supplied by the Orchard Manager are achieved.

Pruning May-August
Thinning November-February
Harvest March-May

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Pruning

Pruning is carried out in the winter. Trimming the limbs down to the fruit blossom spurs that look the best. Prune the smaller branches where the young wood meets the old wood, remove branches that are too big or in the way, crossing other branches, and all rotten wood.

May-September

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Thinning

Orchard workers remove the marked and damaged apples and make room for the other apples to size up.

Mid November-January

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Truck Driver

Transport Apple Bins (with fruit and empty) between Orchards, Coolstores and Pack house.

February-May

Instructional video 

Packing an apple box 

 

This is an instructional video on how to pack an apple box correctly at CAJ apples Packhouse. 

Instructional video 

Strapping and Palletisation 

 

This is an instructional video on how to strap a stack and Palletisation at CAJ apples Packhouse.

Instructional video 

Pallet stacking 

 

This is an instructional video on how to stack a pallet at CAJ apples Packhouse.

Instructional video 

Tray Filling 

 

This is an instructional video on how to fill trays into the machine at CAJ apples Packhouse. 

come and help us

we are always looking for help in our orchards, if you would like to join our team and help out, please apply now!

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accommodation options

Central Otago has plenty of accommodation options in the surrounding Ettrick, Roxburgh, Alexandra, Clyde, Millers Flat areas.

The Central Otago website has some great information

Family Accommodation website