- Start Dates: March - September
- Salary: Minimum $17.75 – age / job dependent
- Accommodation: Free accommodation and meals including all bills
If you are looking for work in Outback Australia, especially as a jackaroo, jillaroo or station hand, then a ranch is the place to work! The ranches we work with have extensive pastoral operations, running sheep on large stations in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales, and cattle in the West Kimberley and Northern Territory. Working for an established, secure and family run business means job opportunities and the chance to learn from experienced agricultural professionals.
Unless you’ve already experienced work on a station, work in the Outback is a different lifestyle than most of us are used to. While it’s extremely rewarding, it can also be very tiring and will test you to your limits. The different experiences you face such as extremes of temperature, dust, loneliness, flies and drought can be hard to cope with.
You owe it to yourself to work through the initial stages of uncertainty and understand it will take some time to acclimatise and get used to the Outback lifestyle. If you go into your new role with a sense of adventure, you will be rewarded with fantastic skills, a sense of achievement and make some real mates for life. Understand it will be challenging, but aim to give your best shot at it and be patient with yourself.
Skills & Experience
- There are many different positions at numerous stations at various times of the season and the following list provides an indication of the type of skills needed:
- Motorbike skills
- Mechanical aptitude
- Stock experience and/or horse riding skills are an advantage
- A flexible and enthusiastic attitude is essential
What Does The Job Involve?
Hours of Work
Working hours are varied and often they will be irregular. At all times stock must have water and feed. Windmills break down or there may be a wind drought at inconvenient times. These events happen on weekends and after usual knockoff as well as during working hours. They still need to be fixed as soon as possible so you will find yourself working on weekends and after your usual knock off time some of the time. Stock don’t travel well in the heat of the day so it is usual to start very early, let them have a camp in the middle of the day and finish the job in the cool of the evening. You will find, if you can cope with the busy times, there are quieter times which will balance things out. You may also get extra time off to compensate for particularly busy periods.
You will be sent on water runs once you know your way around the station. Water is the lifeblood of a station and to ensure that the stock have access to water at all times is one of the most important jobs on the run. When you do a water run, you have to check if tanks and troughs are full and clean and if windmills and pump-jacks are working. Dams must be checked and any stock that might be bogged removed and helped to walk away. Be observant! See if there are any leaks – what water level is in the tank and trough. Jot down the details of tank levels, stock at the water and any problems that need to be fixed. Strange rattles or loose parts should be reported at once.
Some stations use trap yards in which the stock can get in to water but not out. This is good but after a big rain the stock may not come into water and the paddock will have to be mustered conventionally. Fixed-wing aircraft are used on many of our stations to spot sheep when mustering and helicopters assist in the mustering of cattle.
Once you have mustered the stock you may have to drove them to a set of yards, the homestead yards or another paddock. Remember that you can only travel as fast as the slowest animal and the leaders may have to be turned back or blocked regularly.
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