LIVING AND WORKING AT RANCHES
What To Expect
If you are looking for work 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.
Hiring Season: March – September
Wage: Minimum $17.75 per hour
Commitment: Minimum six months
- Minimum age 20
- Australian citizen, or be eligible for a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417 / 462)
- A minimum of intermediate English
- Positive and hardworking
- Any farming / stock experience an advantage
- Accommodation: Free accommodation, meals and all bills in included
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