Job : Cherry Growers Association – Canada
Work In Our Orchards in Okanagan / Kootenay
For employment opportunities during the cherry picking season see Orchard Listings link below.
Cherry harvest usually starts in late June in Osoyoos, and gradually works its way north. Depending on how warm it has been onward from blossom time in April, the harvest date may vary 7-8 days from year to year. Harvest around Kelowna usually starts just after mid July. Harvest in the Winfield/ Okanagan Centre areas, as well as some of the higher elevations south of Kelowna, starts late July and lasts till mid August. In the Creston area harvest usually starts in late July and lasts through much of August. Activities on each farm usually last 2-4 weeks – occasionally 5-6 weeks. During the most intense part of the season many growers will harvest daily for 10-14 days with out a break.
Harvest is weather dependant, and ceases during periods of rain. Very prolonged rain may cause extensive “splitting” on the cherries, occasionally to the point where further harvesting is not economically viable.
TYPICAL HOURS OF WORK:
Because the Okanagan Valley experiences quite a warm climate, pickers start their day early and end with the heat of the day. Sorters and packers can work throughout the day because of a cooler climate inside the packing house.
5:00am – 1:00pm
Usually an 8-9 hour shift
some orchards have two shifts per day
Above minimum wage, with incentives.
Grower members of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Assocation are listed in the Orchards link. Most keep “lists” from year to year so be sure to make your contacts early with the individual orchardist. A few of the larger farms have their own linked websites to provide more details as to what to expect.
Most growers have free on-site camping facilities for workers currently employed.
During the harvest season check out the “Message Board” for current job postings.
Location: North America
Duration: June July Aug
Job Type: Fruit Picking