Personal requirements for a Fruit Picker

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Free from skin conditions and allergies to agricultural chemicals
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work at heights
  • Able to work quickly and consistently for long periods of time
  • Willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Able to travel from property to property to pick fruit and vegetables
  • Able to undertake manual and sometimes heavy work
  • Reliable and motivated.

Job requirements


English or French


No degree, certificate or diploma


Experience an asset

Specific Skills
Pick row and orchard crops
Additional Skills
Clean work area
Weight Handling
Up to 23 kg (50 lbs)
Type of Crops
Orchard fruit; Apples; Cherries
Own Tools/Equipment
Work Site Environment
Outdoors; At heights; Wet/damp; Dusty; Hot
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
Fast-paced environment; Repetitive tasks; Handling heavy loads; Physically demanding; Manual dexterity; Hand-eye co-ordination; Ability to distinguish between colours; Standing for extended periods; Bending, crouching, kneeling; Large workload
Personal Suitability
Effective interpersonal skills; Flexibility; Team player; Values and ethics; Reliability
Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists Specific Skills
Cleaning crop; Grading
How to apply

Advertised until:


Duties & Tasks of a Fruit and Vegetable Picker

Fruit and vegetable pickers may perform the following tasks:

  • Select fruit and vegetables for picking according to size and ripeness, and discard rotting and over-ripened produce
  • Operate farm machinery to harvest nuts, fruit and vegetables
  • Load picked fruit and vegetables into containers, taking care to avoid damage
  • Drive tractors or other vehicles to deliver fruit and vegetables to the packing shed
  • Sort and pack produce
  • Drive forklifts to load boxes of produce onto trucks.

Working conditions for a Fruit and Vegetable Picker

Fruit and vegetable pickers work in diverse environments ranging from high-tech, large-scale operations to small family farms. They may work from ladders or mechanical hoists when they are picking tree crops, or they may have to stoop to pick field and vine crops. Gloves may be worn to protect hands from thorny branches. Weather conditions can be hot, dusty, humid or rainy, but work usually continues in these conditions to ensure the harvest is completed on time. Harvesting work is seasonal and pickers may travel long distances after picking one crop to get to their next job. Some employers provide accommodation but pickers usually need to find their own.



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