Pruning

Pruning Season

Thank you for visiting our page. All our work is hourly pay guaranteed, but we will offer piece rate on top of hourly for faster team members.

Our pruning season teams start in the beginning of June and some teams come online a bit later in the month – this all depends on which vineyard and their requirements and generally goes until early to mid-September. 

We have most of our contracts in the Willyabrup area of the Margaret River region (about 20 minutes north of Margaret River Township along Caves Road). 

We invest a lot of time into our greatest asset – YOU! 

Having said that, we generally look for team members who are genuinely interested in vineyard work and want to learn the ‘how’s’ and ‘whys’ of what we do in the vineyard. 

We the usually run about 16 - 20 staff and we work with you, teaching you everything you need to know so that you can earn good money. 

On the subject money, what are we offering?

Some vineyards (NOT ALL) do offer an hourly piece rate system for faster pickers: 

Our piece rates are annually reviewed, and our method of reviewing is to analyse what the previous year’s staff earned and if necessary, adjust the upcoming years pruning work so that we are in line with the Government Award guidelines that state: AN AVERAGE WORKER SHOULD BE ABLE TO EARN HOULRY PAY PLUS 20%. In 2022, this would be: Hourly: $27.50 PLUS 20% ($05.50) = $33.00 per hour. 

We do pay a minimum of $27.50 per hour as we like our team to earn above everyone else. 

It is NOT in our interest to employ staff on a low wage as this is counter productive to our business plan which is: the more our staff earn, the happier and more productive they will be! 

We also work very closely with Rural Enterprises which is a government department that has been set up to find people farming work, so after the season finishes, if you want further work, we can help you with this as well! 

Subnote: we recommend you bring headphones as our team LOVES to sing to music, so we get very loud! 

Essential Reading Area

The information displayed below is ESSENTIAL READING prior to commencing employment with Margaret River Viticultural Services.  Please click on the title or the icon accompanying each item to read the information. You can also download all the documents at once in the Pruning Employment Document Pack (PDF).

You can print off any of the pages in the Essential Reading Area or revisit this page at any time.

Pruning Notes

Notes for the Pruning season.

JSA Pruning

Job Safety Analysis (JSA) for Pruning Season.  This document identifies the potential hazards, risk level and control measures for work activities relating to winter Pruning.

Working Safely in the Vineyard

Pruning - working safe in the vineyard.  Please read and ensure you understand these guidelines.

Sore Hands - Fit for Work

Being Fit for Work. If you get sore hands but still feel fit for work, this document needs to be read and accepted and agreed to when submitting an Application for Employment.

Employment Information

Generic employment information

Pruning Equipment

Tools provided to you when employed for pruning season.  Please read, you'll be asked to agree to the terms and conditions when submitting your Application for Employment.

Agreement for Piece Rate

Letter of Agreement to work under a piece rate for 2021 Pruning Season.  Please read, you'll be asked to agree to the terms and conditions when submitting your Application for Employment.

Application for Employment

Clicking on the button below will take you to our Employment page.  This will advise the necessary passport information we require, and will contain a digital form for you to complete.

Make sure to download the Pruning Document Pack (PDF) so you have all the information you need for Employment with us. 

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