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Koala Cherries is a family business involved in the production, packing, sales & marketing of fresh cherries. Koala Cherries was established in 1944 and is located in Yarck, North Central Victoria. Koala Cherries is one of Australia’s largest and leading cherry growers. We pick and pack fruit from all over Victoria, and constantly strive to create a delightful experience for our customers. Our focus is flavour, quality, and freshness, and we take great measures to ensure we are at the forefront of development in these fields.

Koala Cherries employs people for picking, packing and other various seasonal roles from November to January each year. So, if you’re Learn everything you need to know about working with Koala Cherries. Become a part of our family and experience the Koala difference. looking to earn some money over Summer and be a part of a great team, we want to hear from you!

Our Packhouse, which is situated in the beautiful Victorian township of Yarck, operates 7 days a week all season. With a variety of positions available, there’s something to suit everybody.

Experience isn’t necessary. We value people who are reliable, have a great work ethic, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. There are plenty of hours available over the harvest season for anyone who wants to be a part of our Koala Cherries family.

Our next harvest commences in November 2022 – please check this page in October for more
information and to apply.


PACKER

A variety of packing roles are available in the Packhouse at Yarck, including cherry sorting, scale operating and carton preparation. Come and work with a diverse team of dedicated people.

TEAM LEADER

This role requires experienced applicants to lead a large team on the packing line. Team Leaders must be great communicators, fast thinkers and have effective time management and problem-solving skills. This role is ideal for people who can build positive, productive relationships whilst rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done.

GRADER SOFTWARE OPERATOR

We have two cherry grader machines in our packhouse which require operators to run the grading software programs. Successful applicants will:

  • Have excellent computer skills (advanced Excel)
  • Prior experience with any fresh produce grading software
  • IT/programming knowledge
  • Great leadership and communication skills

FORKLIFT DRIVER

Forklift driving positions are available for in our packhouse and out in our orchards. To apply for a forklift driver role you must be experienced, hold a current forklift license, be able to work in a fast-paced environment and be able to stack pallets and fruit bins up to 4.3 metres high. Experience in warehouse or distribution role is advantageous.

QUALITY CONTROL TECHNICIAN

Quality control technicians are needed in our packhouse and orchards. Duties include testing and assessing cherries, identifying defects, and communicating these to management and other staff. Records are entered into our software program, so good computer skills and a high level of attention to detail are crucial to this role.

ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT

We are seeking applications from people with a wide range of administration skills to assist with the smooth running of the business. Experience in logistics, dispatch, and general office skills such as answering phones, date entry and recruitment support will all be highly regarded. Excellent communication skills, an attention to detail, and the ability to work under pressure is vital to success in an admin role. If this sounds like you, apply now!

PRODUCTION LINE CLEANERS

Cleaners work from late afternoon to evening and their duties involve cleaning our production equipment at the end of each day. Cleaners must be reliable, reasonably fit and have a good attention to detail. Experience in plant and equipment cleaning is advantageous, however training is provided.

PICKER

Cherries are picked by hand by pickers wearing picking buckets and climbing ladders to reach the fruit, so a good level of health and fitness is essential for this role. Cherry pickers are paid per lug. Cherries are picked from daybreak to ensure picking finishes for the day before the afternoon heat hits. If you’re fit, healthy and love working outdoors, we want to hear from you.

PICKUP CREW

To be part of the Pickup Crew, a good level of strength and fitness is required as it involves collecting and tipping lugs of cherries into larger bins. Pickup team members must be good at working as a part of a team.

PDA OPERATOR

The PDA Operator role involves scanning picker ID cards from lugs into our software program. Working accurately and being good with numbers is key for this role.

PICKUP DRIVER

To apply for a Pickup Driver role, you must be experienced in driving a ute and trailer. This role involves delivering fruit from the orchards to the packhouse. A current driver’s licence is essential.

“What our staff say about working with Koala.”

“This is my third season working in the packhouse. I sorted in my first season and am now a punnets supervisor. It’s great meeting people from diverse backgrounds. This is a good opportunity to commit to a job for a short period (cherry seasons are very short– less than three months), learn new skills and experience different things.”

Freya, 22, Alexandra

“This is my third season working in the packhouse. I sorted in my first season and am now a punnets supervisor. It’s great meeting people from diverse backgrounds. This is a good opportunity to commit to a job for a short period (cherry seasons are very short– less than three months), learn new skills and experience different things.”

Freya, 22, Alexandra

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