Sorry, we are downsizing and have our crews for 2018. Good luck. Chris and Greg @ Okanagan Harvest


Thanks for enquiring about working for us at Okanagan Harvest. There are a few things you should know before you commit to becoming one of our crew.

We harvest 10 acres of cherries over 2-3 weeks starting June 25 approximately and finishing July 31 approximately. Depending on the crop, we employ 8 pickers and 12 packinghouse workers who live rent-free in our camp (or are locals) You will need a tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils, working clothes (warm and cold), boots. The camp also has showers, flush toilets, stoves, fridges, microwaves, sinks, safe drinking water, couches and sometimes TV and movies.   

We expect you to be in our camp at 5517 Sumac Street by June 20 and finding work with the neighbours.  Those looking for work in August should make contact with cherry growers in Kelowna and Creston listed on the website  www.bccherry.com.

Cherry pickers are paid by piecework and start at 5 a.m. and work until noon.  Packinghouse workers earn a minimum of $12 per hour and start at 7 a.m. Packers work until all that has been picked that day is packed - sometimes 6 hours, sometimes 8 hours or more. 

Our pickers are generally workers from previous years.  If you are hired as a picker or packinghouse worker you will be expected to stay the entire season, the end of June to the end of July.  Cherry season is hard physical work.... please keep it in mind if you accept this job.  It is also very hot here, over 35 celsius and we have mosquitos.  We are a family run operation with high expectations of quality work to maintain our status as world class cherry growers.  Those wishing to learn more English will be disappointed to hear most of our workers are French Canadian.

Oliver is a small town with little shopping but our camp is within walking distance.  The Greyhound bus comes to town still. 

If you are hired and want to keep your name on our list, you must keep in regular contact over the next few months.  If we do not hear from you around May, your name will be removed.  Feel free to call and/or email with questions or check out the rest of the website.

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