FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • When do we employ staff at Gulf Coast Agricultural Co?

    We generally start accepting applications from the end of October through to the end of February each year.

    However we encourage applicants to apply at any time for year as it is a first-in best-dressed application system.

    Occasionally positions become available mid-season.

  • Am I eligible?

    So long as you are above 17 years of age and are eligible to work in Australia, you are eligible to apply.

  • What if I am not an Australian Resident?

    You can still apply for a job, so long as you have a current work visa for the period of time you wish to be employed.

  • How do I apply for a Job with Gulf Coast Agricultural Co?

    To apply for a job, please visit the “Adventure” section of our website and click on the tab “Apply for a Job”. From there you will be directed to our online application form and health questionnaire.

  • Can I fax my application to you?

    Unfortunately, we do not accept fax applications. Should you be unable to complete your application online, please contact us on (02) 4862 2700 to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

  • Can I communicate directly with a Gulf Coast Agricultural recruiter?

    Once you have submitted your online application form, someone from the company will get in touch with you (typically one of our Station Managers) to advise whether your application has been successful enough to have a phone interview.

  • How long does a job remain online?

    A position will be advertised online until it is filled – this could be anywhere from 24 hours to several months depending on the position and the suitability of applications. As positions are generally assessed on a first-in best-dressed basis, we urge applicants to complete the online application as soon as possible.

  • Can I apply for more than one job at a time?

    When you complete your application online, you will be given the choice to apply for up to 3 positions at the one time. If the position you are after is currently not available, and we feel you may be suited to another position we have available, we will contact you to see if you have any interest in the alternate position.

  • Who can submit an application?

    Anyone who satisfies our eligibility criteria can submit an online application.

  • What happens after I apply for a job?

    Once you have submitted your online application form, someone from the company will get in touch with you (typically one of our Station Managers) to advise whether your application has been successful enough to have a phone interview.

  • What can I expect to be paid?

    Gulf Coast Agricultural Company prides itself on paying some o f the highest rates in the industry. Our minimum pay rates are set out in our Enterprise Agreement. There are several factors that influence the individual pay rates-these include age, experience, suitability to the position, an employee’s overall attitude, their value to the company and the length of time they have been employed.

  • Do you charge Board & Keep?

    Our accommodation is generally regarded as being above industry standard and to ensure we keep it that way, we do have the ability to charge Board & Keep (up to $17.20 for each day an employee stays on station). This is something that the company reviews each year (prior to the commencement of the season) for the year. For the 2018 season we will not be charging Board & Keep to any of our employees.

  • Will training be provided to me?

    It depends on your position. For all Stockman, we go to great lengths to find the best people in the industry to provide training schools in areas such as low-stress stock handling and expert horsemanship skills. This is done for 2 reasons, to ensure that our staff have the skills necessary to carry out their jobs safely with minimum stress to livestock, but also to foster the next generation of experienced cattlemen and cattlewomen that this industry so desperately needs. This is something we are proud of and passionate about.

  • Are the stations in an area with mobile coverage?

    Bad news-there is no mobile coverage anywhere on any of our stations. The good news is that we DO have pretty advanced WiFi systems on all our stations with dedicated staff networks. With current technology now affording WiFi Calling to and from mobile phones (to and from other mobiles & landlines) over the internet, you CAN make and receive calls on your mobile on the staff network when in range of the station WiFi. We provide high-speed WiFi for staff use free of charge (daily data limits apply).

    Like things “old school”? There is a dedicated staff landline on each station with a phone number that you can give to family and friends so you can make & receive calls just like they did 3 years ago.

  • Is there free high-speed staff WiFi internet on the stations?

    Yes! We provide free high speed WiFi for all our staff (daily data limits apply).

  • What skills or training must I complete prior to commencing work?

    No specific training is required. Your online application will have been assessed based on the skills and experience you have listed.

  • When does the muster/dry season typically start?

    It all depends on the prior wet season and when the roads dry out enough to allow vehicle access to and around each station. As a general rule of thumb, the more southern or inland the station, the earlier and longer the mustering season runs.

    For Stirling Lotus Vale Station, we work off the season commencing around the end of March/end of April.

    For Van Rook Station we work off around mid April.

    For Dorunda Station and Inkerman Station, we work off around beginning to middle of May.

    However these dates can vary hugely! For more accurate start times, we recommend staying in contact with the Station Manager of the Station to which you are to be employed throughout the months of March and April.

  • How long is the mustering/dry season?

    The length of the mustering/dry season varies depending on the location of each station (the properties further to the north tend to have higher rainfall and therefore, shorter seasons) and each year the start of the dry season and the start of the wet season changes. As a general rule of thumb, Melbourne Cup has traditionally been considered the start of the wet season for our stations. However, there have been years when the monsoonal rain has not arrived until a few days before Christmas! The Station Manager usually “calls the season” for their specific station once the monsoonal rain season arrives and it becomes too wet to get around the station.

  • Are there social events nearby?

    One of the advantages of the Gulf is that we are connected to major cities such as Cairns and Townsville and larger towns that run renowned social events. We also try to run as many social events as possible on and between our stations (which are all adjoining) in addition to days between other neighbouring stations. Where possible Station Managers will try to schedule days off when there are major or local social events scheduled.

    Some of these more popular events include:

    • Burke & Wills Campdraft (first weekend in April),
    • Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival (2nd weekend of April),
    • Normanton Barra Classic (last weekend in April),
    • Burketown Campdraft (first weekend of May),
    • Chillagoe Rodeo (2nd weekend in May),
    • Georgetown Campdraft (first weekend in June),
    • Normanton Show/Rodeo/Camp draft (2nd weekend of June),
    • Georgetown Rodeo (1st weekend of July),
    • Mareeba Show & Rodeo (3rd weekend of July),
    • Eureka Campdraft & Rodeo (1st weekend of August),
    • Walsh Office Races on Wrotham Park (1st weekend of August),
    • Normanton Races “Stinger’s Cup”(3rd Saturday in September),
    • Tolga Races (2nd weekend in December).
  • Do you have Foxtel for staff on your stations?

    All our stations have complimentary full-channel Foxtel for our staff’s enjoyment. Just another way to ensure you don’t miss much, particularly the major sporting events!

  • What is the nearest town?

    The nearest towns are Normanton (approx. 135km from Van Rook Station) and Karumba (approx. 145km from Van Rook Station). The nearest major cities are Mount Isa (approx. 637km from Van Rook Station) and Cairns (approx. 814km from Van Rook Station).

  • Can I get to the stations if I don’t have vehicle transport?

    Without a vehicle, the best and easiest way to arrange transport to and from the cattle stations is via the weekly mail plane (operated by Chartair out of Cairns), which operates a Friday mail service to Van Rook Station, Dorunda Station and Inkerman Station (if you need to get to Stirling Lotus Vale Station, vehicle transportation can be arranged to and from Van Rook Station). For further information, contact the Station Manager of the station which you are to be employed.

  • What do I need to bring with me?

    A detailed list of appropriate equipment, clothing and supplies can be emailed to you in advance by the Station Manager of the station of which you are to be employed. FYI… a swag is your first priority if you don’t want to miss camping out under the stars!

  • Can I bring my dog?

    As a general rule, no. While we absolutely LOVE dogs, our first responsibility is to the cattle, the other people who work on our station and the dogs themselves whose owners are likely to not have the sufficient amount of time to properly care for their dogs on a daily basis. Special dispensations MAY be made for senior positions such as the Head Stockman, Assistant Station Manager or Station Manager.

  • Can I bring my horse?

    This is something that is on a case-by-case basis with the Station Manager of the Station to which you are to be employed. Considerations are the other station horses available, paddock space, feed provisions & the length of time you have been employed.