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Seasonal work on orchards in the Okanagan-Similkameen valleys is available, with the type of growing season indicating demand.
For example, in 2009, a cool spring has led to a later than usual start for cherry harvest. Normally, cherry harvest will start at the beginning of June in the Similkameen and South Okanagan, then progress Northwards until mid- to late-August.
Apple harvest starts in earnest in late August in the South and continues into October, with some late season apples harvested in November.
About 1,000 cherry harvesters are needed during the season, and many young workers come from Quebec for these jobs. The work is physically demanding and is outdoors during the hottest part of the year.
Cherry sorters are also required, with about the same number of workers needed in the packing plants on farms and at the cooperative in Oliver and Kelowna. Many local high school students find employment as cherry sorters.
Interested in working on an orchard?
The work is physically demanding and requires good hand-eye coordination, but the job has its rewards:
You may find out about farm jobs by calling a farm in your area, or visiting employment search websites such as Job Bank.
Other employment programs include:
Oliver (250) 485-0115
BCFGA Farm Labour Project:
The BCFGA Farm Labour Project conducts orientation and farm safety training sessions for new workers. The Farm Labour Project also coordinates job postings between farm labour agencies.
The Centre Francophone de Services a l'Emploi (CFSEO)in Kelowna is no longer operating. Services are temporarily being maintained by the Centre Culturel Francophone de l'Okanagan (CCFO) in partnership with the BCFGA between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday to Friday during the summer season. Please contact Ron Forrest at 250-859-3354 or Emma Noonan at 250-859-3358 for more information.
Employment Opportunities with the OK Sterile Insect Release Program
Hours: 9am - 4pm weekdays.