Farm Jobs

Seasonal work on orchards in the Okanagan-Similkameen valleys is available, with climatic conditions determining the amount and timing of the fruit crop. 

Normally, cherry harvest will start at the beginning of June in the Similkameen and South Okanagan, then progress Northwards until mid- to late-August.  The weather conditions during the growing season can make harvest a week or two earlier and up to 2 weeks later in other years.  For example, in 2022, a cool spring is expected to delay cherry harvest by 10 dayscompared to the usual start for cherry harvest.  

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 domestic (i.e. Canadian) 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. 

Interested in working on an orchard? 

The work is physically demanding and requires good hand-eye coordination, but the job has its rewards:

  • pay is usually by piece rate, and for productive workers, wages can be very good.
  • the work is outdoors.
  • workers are usually paid every two weeks, but more often if the entire crop on a farm is harvested in less than two weeks.

To find our more about cherry harvesting jobs, see this website.

BC Ministry of Agriculture's Domestic Farm Labour Project:

The BC Ministry of Agriculture's Domestic Farm Labour Project is being launched in 2022.  For more information:

Shannon Tucker, Labour Project Lead, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food,  604 369-3087 

Tyrion Miskel, Executive Director, BC Grape Growers' Association, 1-877-762-4652


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