Albany Bayview Lodge

Backpacker job assistance at Albany Bayview Lodge

Looking for work? Look no further! Albany YHA is situated on the beautiful south coast and is the perfect place to stay while you are earning some more money to continue your travels. Our hostel owns a fully licensed recruitment company ABP Seasonal Solutions; that provides a free comprehensive in-house job seek service to guests at the hostel. We have an extensive network of over 40 companies that take workers through our recruitment agency.

  • Throughout the year different companies take workers in a variety of different industries. We specialize in helping travellers find work in short to medium term positions.
  • Albany has a steady tourist trade in the busy summer months and many of our guests find work in the hospitality industry.
  • Because of its rural aspect Albany is close to lots of farms and primary producers who are looking for staff during their busy times to help with harvesting, basic farm work, etc. Most of this work counts towards your second year visa.

We only deal with companies that look after their workers and pay the award wages or above. Albany YHA provides cheaper weekly rates for guests that are staying longer term. If you are looking for work we are the hostel to stay at in Albany. For more information you can contact our friendly staff on our free call number 1800 308 680.


  • Most companies will provide training. For hospitality jobs we recommend you hold a valid RSA.

Getting to work

  • As most of the jobs are located in the Albany surrounding areas you will need access to a vehicle to get to work. Some companies take more than one worker and car pooling may be possible.

Types of work in the Albany area


Harvest Season 


March to April

  • Grape Picking

September to March

  • Meat factory

October to March

  • Fish farming

September to May

  • Farm work

August to November 

  • Asparagus picking 

October to April 

  • Restaurant work 

October to April 

  • House keeping 

May to June 

  • Olive picking 

June to September 

  • Grape pruning 

July to August 

  • Olive pruning 

October to May 

  • Strawberry picking 

November to January 

  • Cherry picking 

December to March 

  • Blueberry picking 

March to May 

  • Potato picking 

The main tourist season is from September to April. Many cafes and restaurants need extra staff during this time.


  • For all jobs you will need to have your own work gear. For farm jobs you need all weather gear and sturdy shoes. Albany’s climate is cool in the mornings and it generally warms up during the day. We recommend to dress in layers so you can take some clothes of if it gets too hot. Food is not provided you will have to bring your own lunch and minimum 2l of water.
  • For hospitality jobs you should be well presented and have a set of black pant and either black or white shirt. Your employer will let you know what work attire is required.
  • There are many op shops in walking distance to the hostel. For not much money you might be able to pick some work clothes from there.

Length of work

  • The length of work depends on the type of job and can range from a few days to a few months. Most employers generally prefer people that can commit for about 3 months as it saves them time and cost in constantly training new people. On average each job lasts about 2-3 months.

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