Work in the NT Mango Industry in 2018

The Sweetest Job project is about helping you to pick up a sweet seasonal job in the NT Mango industry in the 2018 season.

We won't pull any punches. Its hard work and its hot, but the rewards are there for people who like a challenge....and who like to make really good money in a short period of time.

Its not just about money of course, its also a great way to meet new people and make friends and networks. Our farmers need people who understand that there is only 10-12 weeks to get the fruit picked, packed and off to market, and who will work hard to make it happen. You will be an important part of a critical industry and help to ensure that it continues to thrive and deliver an economic benefit to the NT.

And let's face it.....who doesn't love mangos!!


Picking the 2018 Season - NT

If you are up for the challenge, you need to be ready to start work from mid-September to early October 2018 and go hard for 10-12 weeks depending on the weather.

We've provided some details below about working in the industry and what farmers are looking for. You don't need prior experience, just a great attitude and be willing to learn. If you have some transferrable skills, that's great too.

There is a process to go through before you secure a job including attending an information session, an interview, on-farm trial and approval by our farmers. 

The first step is to register through this website and we'll send you the details!


What are the details?

Key Attributes

Growers are looking for people that are

  • Reliable
  • Able to work in a team
  • Flexible with time and nature of work
  • Experienced in the workforce

What are the requirements?

There are some requirements and preferences that growers have, but the bottom line is that you need to have a great attitude, be open to learning new skills and be reliable. We go through all of the requirements and preferences as part of the process, some of which includes:


  • Adequate English Literacy, for your safety at work.
  • Transport from your accommodation to the farm within the Litchfield Shire (Katherine Region).
  • Manual driver's licence

Preferences (can vary depending on grower needs)

  • Forklift and truck licences and experience (light, medium & heavy-rigid) 
  • Machinery maintenance/operations skills - oil change, common service, pre-start checks.
  • Some horticultural experience and/or qualifications

Pre Training & Induction

Pre job training and an induction will be completed prior to starting work. This includes

  • 2 day induction process
  • Assessment of basic fitness and suitability for working in heat & heat management
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
  • Communication & teamwork training
  • Site specific training such as
    • Processing Machinery operation
    • Tractor operation
    • Forklift operation

Work Details

The harvesting season last for approximately 6 weeks which involves

  • 6 days per week
  • Start time from 5.30am - 10am depending on role. Average 7.30am - 5pm
  • Up to 10 hours per day
  • Around 60 hours per week
  • Hourly rate of pay (not piece rate) - rate depends on any qualifications and experience 
  • Full time for 10-12 weeks
  • Some casual work available

Please note that the weather may affect hours worked from day-to-day.

What could effect work & hours?

The weather may have an effect on days and hours worked.

Pre-existing Health Conditions

Some growers may require a health check prior to commencing including for communicable diseases. Successful candidates will be dealing with fresh produce so if you do have a disease or illness, this needs to be resolved before you can start work.

Some growers also require workers to undergo random drug tests on site.

If you believe you meet these criteria, and would like to participate in the 2018 mango harvest, please register for The Sweetest Job 2018 below!

I saw the Sweetest Job campaign, I applied and got the job. I would definitely keep doing the work. I would love for it to turn into something permenant and buy a house in the area.

- Sonia, 2016 Qld Sweetest Job participant

The Sweetest Job NT Project is proudly funded and supported by Regional Development Australia NT, NT Farmers, the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation and Litchfield Council.

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