By Melissa Keogh
Grain handler Viterra is on the hunt for 1500 seasonal workers to fill roles at about 80 different locations across South Australia.
Applications are now open for harvest workers to take on a range of roles from October to January at a number of Viterra’s storage and handling sites including along the far West Coast of SA, through the Yorke Peninsula, up to the Mid North, on the outskirts of Adelaide and down through the South East.
Depending on how the harvest season finishes, casual work will be available for several months from October to handle deliveries of the main commodities grown in SA – wheat, barley, canola, and pulses.
Viterra’s human resources director Ben Norman says Viterra is a major employer in regional areas with a workforce of 800 permanent staff, which is significantly boosted during harvest.
“We are a proud supporter of regional SA and are pleased to provide employment opportunities each year through our harvest recruitment,” he says.
“A range of positions are available for people seeking short-term work between October and January which is grain growers’ busiest time of the year.”
Viterra undertakes an annual harvest recruitment drive and this year was the only SA company nominated for Best Recruitment Campaign at the 2018 Australian HR Awards.
“Our company provides a great avenue for young people to gain work experience, semi-retirees looking for something different, or those between jobs seeking short-term work,” Ben says.
“No experience is necessary. We provide training for the various roles which include general grain handling, bunker operations, weighbridge operations and grain classification.”
The range of available roles include:
- General grain handling – makes up the majority of Viterra’s harvest work. Involves using site equipment and machinery to unload grain from the trucks.
- Bunker operations – revolve around the storage of grain on site, operating equipment to unload grain trucks, handling bunker ground covers and tarpaulins and directing traffic.
- Weighbridge operators – weigh grain trucks when they arrive and again before the truck leaves the site, recording data for each load.
- Grain classification – involves assessing the characteristics of grain to determine the appropriate grade.
- Supervisory roles – for people experienced in leading a team in an operational environment.
- Service centre (Adelaide only) – provide customer service to grain growers in a call centre environment.
- Laboratory grain analysts (Adelaide only) – assist with general testing of Viterra commodities, report on related grain analysis and other lab requirements.
The SA grain industry contributes about $2 billion to the state’s economy every year and continues to be an important source of quality Australian grain exports to the rest of the world.
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