If you need some cash, but want to work flexible hours and get into some great events in the process, then you probably can’t do much better than trying to pick up some casual work.
An ever-growing tourism and events industry means it’s only getting easier to jump on the bandwagon and land the sort of job you probably won’t want to do forever but will be great fun for the timebeing.
Plus, you’ll generally be working with like-minded travellers, rather than being stuck in an office photocopying for a room full of middle-aged Aussies.
“We largely recruit casuals,” says Jackie Taylor, of Douglas Site Services, who have offices in Sydney and Melbourne. “Work can vary from scrubbing kitchens, setting up staging for concerts, cleaning and waste management at festivals.” Keen boarders and skiers should take note, casual labour is also one of the easiest ways to work a snow season. “We are about to kick off recruitment for the winter season,” says Taylor.
“We will be at Mt Hotham in Victoria, overseeing the housekeeping for the ski resort up there. We will be recruiting for housekeepers, area managers and supervisors. Now is a great time.”
Training is generally given on the job, meaning experience is not essential, although obviously a bonus. The cash is generally between $16 and $18 per hour and the great thing for travellers is that flexibility is the most important thing. “The hours are very flexible,” says Taylor. “Most shifts go for seven to eight hours; some can be as long as 12. We operate seven days a week and depending on what we’ve got on we are occasionally required to work overnight.” So start dusting off that board and send your CV