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Being a part of WA’s grain harvest is a great, rewarding experience. You will get to work with a diverse group of people, experience the local farming community, see our operations in action and earn good wages.
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Experience harvest

Working as a CBH harvest casual is a great opportunity to explore, live, work and immerse yourself in regional Western Australia for a short period of time while earning decent wages. 

CBH manages sites across regional WA where our growers deliver their grain once it has been harvested, and each year we recruit a pool of harvest employees to help us keep these sites moving, getting growers and transporters in and out safely, quickly and back to harvesting. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Applications for our 2024/25 intake will commence 1 July
  • No experience? Don't stress! We provide paid training
  • Depending on weather conditions and location, the season usually commences in October and generally lasts up to 6 weeks
  • Hours can be long and up to 12 hours per day and in some cases working 6 days out of a 7 day period 
  • We have free, basic accommodation available at most of our receival sites (please note: no accommodation is provided at our Terminals)
  • Your working location may be remote, as far as 100km from the nearest town
  • Conditions can be very hot and dry with constant grain dust around
  • Keen to work with your friend, partner or family member? While there is no guarantee that we can place you together, we recommend that you both nominate the same zone and site when completing your application.

Physical requirements

To make sure that everyone is safe at our sites and that our harvest employees can do the job properly, all harvest employees need to be able to:

  • Bend, stretch, lift, carry and climb
  • Stand for long periods
  • Work at heights above ground level with use of safety equipment
  • Walk along steel mesh walkways with side rails above ground level (up to 30 metres)
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Work in areas with high grain dust concentrations (respiratory & eye protection available)
  • Work exposed to outside elements
  • Comply with CBH Sun Protection and Heat Stress Workplace Health and Safety Standards – which means wearing long sleeves and trousers and sturdy leather footwear

Application process

  1. Applications open

    With positions both regionally and in the Metro areas, there are a range of opportunities across our operations and positions for different experience levels. 

    Applications open early July and usually close around September. To apply, click here.
    Once you have applied, please keep an eye on your emails as all communications will be sent via email.
  2. Pre-employment screening

    As part of your application, you will be required to complete pre-employment screening which includes two tasks at this stage:
    1. Evidence of working rights: this involves uploading evidence of your right to work in Australia, which generally involves either your passport, or birth certificate and photo ID.
    2. Medical declaration: a short online survey to disclose any medical information to ensure you are fit to perform the role; keeping both you and CBH safe.
  3. Information Sessions

    If you haven’t worked a harvest with us before, or it’s been a while you may be invited to attend an information session. This involves coming along to one of the many sessions we run, listening to a short information session run by a member of the CBH team and then breaking into small groups to answer any questions you may have about our seasonal roles.
  4. Onboarding

    Onboarding requires providing your personal information via a secure, online platform.
  5. Training

    Seasonal staff are required to complete both online and onsite training. Your online training will be completed during your onboarding and once complete, will enable you to complete onsite training.

    Onsite training generally comprises of 1 day onsite, learning about the machinery, processes, and conditions on site. If you are selected to go to Sampling training, you may be required to complete some additional online and onsite training.
  6. Placement

    Should you be successful for a placement with CBH over the harvest season, you will be contacted by your site regarding your placement and any other requirements.

Available positions

Receival Point Operator & Sampler

Receival Point Operator (RPO) and Sampler roles are available at our Country Receival Sites in Areas 1 – 19.
They are responsible for:

  • Receiving, storing and maintaining the condition of grain and storage facilities
  • Sampling grain from the delivered load
  • In-loading and out-loading from road and rail
  • Quality assurance
  • Recording truck gross & tare weights (weighing in and weighing out of site).
Harvest Casual Position - Receival Point Operator
Harvest Casual - Sampler

Plant Operator

Plant Operator roles are available at our three country terminals in Geraldton, Albany and Esperance. Plant Operators are responsible for:

  • Receiving, storing and maintaining the condition of grain and storage facilities.
  • Grain sampling
  • In-loading and out-loading from rail, road and shipping
  • Quality assurance

Grain Technician

Grain Technician roles are available at both our Forrestfield sites: Metro Grain Centre and Australian Grain Centre.

  • Sampling and in-loading and out-loading from rail and road.
  • Container packing and grain cleaning.
  • Identifying grain quality to generate analysis data allowing for consistent decisions to be achieved regarding outturn of grain to customers.

Harvest locations

Locations span from Geraldton to Esperance and out to Merredin with the following positions available:

  • Receival Point Operator – based at our country receival sites.
  • Plant Operator – based at our country terminals (Albany, Esperance and Geraldton).
  • Grain Technician – available at our metro sites (Forrestfield)
  • Have more questions?
    Visit our Harvest FAQs page to resolve your queries about seasonal job opportunities and application process
    View Harvest FAQs
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