GRAIN FARMING AND HARVEST JOBS

There are actually many types of position required for the grain industry in Australia.  For example, planting and preparation of grain - tractor driving, fertilizing, spraying, irrigating and general crop/farm maintenance, followed by the seasonal harvesting of different types of crops.  The jobs we have available will depend on the time of year as grain farming and harvesting jobs are season.  Please click here for more information.

   

 

HEADER/COMBINE HARVESTER OPERATORS

Positions Usually Available from September to January for the Wheat Harvest

Every year many header/combine drivers are needed for the massive Australian wheat crop as well as for other cereal crops harvested right around the country.  The header/combine is a machine that harvests grains such as wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn, maize, soybeans, flax, linseed, sorghum and sunflowers.  The header/combine leaves behind straw which can later be baled for feedlots to be added in the feed to give roughage for livestock.

The main brands of header/combines used in Australia include John Deere, New Holland and Case.   

In general, Header/Combine Harvest Operators will complete the following tasks as part of their job:

  • General servicing and maintenance of the harvester
  • Able to understand the operation of the harvester
  • Ability to study and comprehend the operator’s manual
  • Understand the operational settings for different types of crops and conditions
  • Problem solving and trouble shooting skills
  • Ability to drive carefully, safely and competently as well as operate efficiently
  • Guide and load the comb onto the comb trailer competently for travel
  • Able to read a moisture meter and assess when the crop is ready to harvest
  • Able to communicate and take directions and advice over the 2-way radio
  • Work in a team environment
  • Be polite and helpful and aware of the needs of others in the harvest location

  

 

TRACTOR OPERATOR/CHASER BIN (HAUL OUT BIN) OPERATOR

Positions Usually Available from September to January for the Wheat Harvest

A chaser bin is used to transfer the grain being harvested by the header/combine harvester to the waiting trucks.  These bins require a tractor with a large output in order to keep in line with the efficiency of the header/combine harvester.  Another name for a chaser bin is a grain cart.  These are commonly used in Australia and North America to allow for the header/combine harvester to harvest continually without stopping.  This means there is no need for the header driver to have to stop and unload into the truck which would slow down the grain harvest.

In general, a Chaser Bin Operator will complete the following as part of their job:

  • Able to drive a tractor
  • General servicing and maintenance of the tractor and chaser bin (haul out bin)
  • Ability to study and comprehend the operator's manual
  • Problem solving and trouble shooting skills
  • Ability to drive carefully, safely and competently whilst the tractor is being loaded or unloaded from the header/combine harvester
  • Ability to drive carefully, safely and competently whilst the tractor is pulling the chaser bin (haul out bin)
  • Able to communicate and take directons and advice over the 2-way radio
  • Able to work in a team environment and be aware of the needs of others in the harvest location

 

 

TRUCK DRIVER - CARTING GRAIN

Positions Usually Available from September to January for the Wheat Harvest

After the grains are harvested, trucks are used to cart the grain to the silos for processing.

In general, Truck Drivers which will cart grains will complete the following tasks or need the following as part of their job:

  • Have an Australian or equivalent "MC" (multi combination) or "HC" (heavy combination) truck licence
  • Must have a clean driving record
  • Ability to drive the truck carefully, safely and competently on farms and roads
  • Ability to service and maintain trucks and trailers to ensure smooth operation
  • Ability to change the tyres
  • Understand how to load trailers with the correct weight/amount of grain
  • Know how to tip the grain into silos competently
  • Know how to tarp up a truck correctly and securely
  • Know how to fill out log books correctly
  • Have problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Able to communicate and take directions and advice over a 2-way radio
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Be polite, helpful and aware of the needs of others in the harvest and silo locations

 

 

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