HOP BREEDING PROGRAM
HPA offer a range of seasonal work on our farms. Bushy Park Estates is located in Southern Tasmania, a 50-minute drive from Hobart. Rostrevor Hop Gardens and Buffalo River Valley are located in North Eastern Victoria, a 10-minute drive from Myrtleford. Limited on-site accommodation options including housing or camping is available.
We’re always looking for seasonal workers, particularly around hop harvest which runs from mid-February to the end of March, with recruitment occurring as early as January. Hop stringing and hop training runs from June to November, with recruitment occurring as early as May.
A variety of Hop harvest roles include:
- Operating manual and automatic machinery to ensure hop bines are ready to be loaded into trailers.
- Transporting hop bines from the field to the picking shed using a tractor and trailer.
- Loading hops onto an overhead conveyor belt in the picking shed.
- Sweeping and keeping production facilities tidy.
- Production line duties in our pellet plant facility.
- Laboratory and Quality control
You’ll be required to work between 9 – 11 hour shifts depending on your role. Around 38-50 hours per week for 5-6 weeks. Day and night shifts are available.
Hop Stringing is the process of tying coir strings to overhead trellis wires and securing the other end of the string into the ground near the base of the hop plant. The strings provides support for the hop plant as it grows.
The role requires you to walk through the hop gardens tying (or wrapping) the hop bines around the coir strings. This gives the hop bines the kick start they need to ensure they can climb the string and reach their full growing potential.
What it’s like to work with us?
You will be paid a competitive casual hourly rate under the Horticultural Award. Payment for hop stringing and hop training is by piecework agreement. Hourly rates are paid whilst you are trained and until competent in the task. Employees are paid for their induction and receive on the job role-specific training to ensure you are fully supported in your role.
The health and safety of our people and our workplace is our top priority. We create a safe and supportive environment by assigning a combination of new and experienced employees to each team. All employees are expected to adhere to our policies, demonstrate correct safe behaviours, undertake required training, follow all instructions, identify, and report any risks to their safety or the safety of others. All our sites, many of which are open fields, are following the correct COVID-19 procedures around safe working conditions. We also conduct random drug and alcohol testing across all our sites.
Our workplace culture celebrates the contributions of all employees and their differences. We aim to create a workplace where equal opportunity exists regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and age.
Submitting an application does not guarantee employment at HPA. We will contact you if your application is successful. All applications will remain confidential and not be used for marketing purposes.
To complete your application, you must provide:
- A current CV.
- Driver’s licence and any other relevant qualifications or certificates.
- If you’re not an Australian resident, a passport and valid visa permitting you to work in Australia
- COVID-19 Vaccination Digital Certificate
- Details of any previous or current injuries, illnesses, allergies, or disabilities that may affect your ability to perform your role.