The questions below are enquired about the most when employees commence working at Jumbuck Pastoral. If you think of any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. While every station and every person is different, the below information should help you prepare for your time on a pastoral station. Go to work with an open mind, ready for an experience of a lifetime and you will be rewarded with a challenging and rare career opportunity that will help you gain invaluable skills to use later in life. We hope you enjoy your time with Jumbuck Pastoral and wish you all the best.
Before I Apply
HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO WORK ON A STATION?
DO I NEED A DRIVER'S LICENCE OR MOTORBIKE LICENCE?
HOW LONG WILL I SPEND WORKING ON A STATION?
Staff who are employed on shorter term contracts will be advised of the duration of their employment prior to starting.
WHAT SORTS OF THINGS WILL I DO WHILE WORKING ON A STATION?
Some of the duties you can expect on both sheep and cattle stations include mustering and setting up yards, assisting with various tasks related to the jobs such as ear tagging, earmarking, tailing, castrating, de-horning, catching lambs and putting them in cradles, drafting, branding, applying lousicide/vaccines, etc. You will also assist with loading wool and sale stock onto trucks.
In the quieter times you will also be taught to complete water runs including cleaning, inspection and repairs to troughs, windmills, tanks, and pumpjacks. You would also learn maintenance and repair of engines, motorbikes, vehicles, fences, yards and buildings.
DO YOU EMPLOY BACKPACKERS OR TRAVELLERS ON WORKING HOLIDAY VISAS?
CAN I APPLY WITH MY PARTNER/FRIEND/CHILDREN?
CAN I DO WORK EXPERIENCE ON A STATION?
You would need to make your own arrangements to travel to the station you wish to complete work experience on so the best thing to do is to read through the station information available on our site and work out which properties suit you best. Once you have worked this out, please submit an online application and be sure to mark *work experience* under the job title and let us know the dates you are seeking and the station. From there we will contact the station manager to see if work experience may be possible.
CAN I DO VOLUNTEER WORK ON A STATION?
CAN I BRING MY PETS WITH ME?
CAN I BRING MY HORSE WITH ME?
On The Station
HOW WILL I GET TO THE STATION?
Travel to Rawlinna is best done by car which is highly encouraged. Due to its remoteness, it also provides an opportunity to explore the region during your days off. Rawlinna is situated on the Nullarbor, some 400 km east of Kalgoorlie via unsealed road. Alternative travel to Rawlinna can be available but is often arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Similarly, travel to Gunbar in NSW is best achieved by driving.
For our properties in the North West of SA (Commonwealth Hill, Mulgathing, Mobella and Bulgunnia), a daily bus service departs Adelaide and arrives at the Bulgunnia turn off, roughly 110km north of Glendambo. We do encourage people to drive where possible as the bus arrives at the turnoff at 3:30am!
For McCoys Well and Mount Victor in the North East area of SA, the closest town is Yunta. It is a comfortable four to five hour drive from Adelaide or alternatively Buses-r-Us operate a service from Adelaide.
Jumbuck Pastoral will assist with travel to station. Cost of public transport will be deducted from your first pay and reimbursed to you after your three-month probationary period. If you are driving, we ask you keep your fuel receipts and the station manager will be able to calculate the travel subsidy available. As staff can come from far and wide, this is done on an individual basis.
DO I NEED A CAR ON THE STATION?
I AM TRAVELLING ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?
Taking a swag is often necessary for working on a station, particularly the larger properties where you may be camped out a lot. It is generally accepted to take one on public transport, though we urge you to speak with your carrier beforehand to confirm.
WILL I HAVE MOBILE PHONE SERVICE WHILE LIVING ON A STATION?
WILL I HAVE INTERNET ACCESS WHILE LIVING ON A STATION?
IS THERE A STORE ON THE STATION FOR ESSENTIALS AND DO I NEED TO BRING CASH WITH ME?
IS THERE A TELEVISION AVAILABLE AT THE STATIONS?
WHAT WILL I DO IN MY TIME OFF ON A STATION?
Things To Bring
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING TO LIVE ON A STATION?
- Bedding: a single bed is provided but you will need bedding, i.e. a sleeping bag/doona, warm blankets & pillows
- 2-3L Camelbak to carry water when mustering
- 5-6L water bottle
- Motorbike helmet, goggles and gloves for sheep stations
- Horse riding helmet, riding boots, saddle bag & hobble belt for cattle stations
You will need cool clothes for summer and warm clothes for winter…
- 3-4 pairs of jeans or work pants
- 3-4 work shirts preferably cotton with long sleeves and pockets
- 2-3 pairs work shorts and short sleeved shirts if desired
- Work boots – ideally elastic sided, comfortable and with a secure fit (not steel capped)
- Work socks – bamboo seem expensive but you’ll get your money’s worth
- Jumpers: work and casual
- Wide brimmed hat & beanies/balaclavas
- Waterproof jacket
- Casual clothing and shoes to wear to BBQ and night meals
- Bathers and towel for swimming in summer
- Sunglasses for work and sunscreen
- Torch and spare batteries
- Battery operated alarm clock and spare batteries
- Pocket knife
- Insect repellent
- Small First Aid kit including painkillers/band-aids/antiseptic cream etc.
- Pegs & washing powder
- Pocket notebook and pens
- Sewing kit with needles, buttons and cotton
- Personal hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, comb, moisturiser etc.
WHAT SORT OF CLOTHING WILL I NEED AND IS THERE A UNIFORM OR SPECIFIC BRAND?
A well-fitting, good quality pair of elastic sided work-boots are essential and consider you will be on your feet a lot when making a purchase. With some boots, they will need to be worn in, so factor that in before you start work. Likewise, with pants, make sure they fit well as loose clothing can rub on your skin and chafe and be a danger around machinery.