Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is a Jackaroo/Jillaroo/Stationhand?

A:  A Jackaroo/Jillaroo/Stationhand is a person employed to work in the stock camp (the team of staff for cattle work) and assist the team with the day to day duties on the cattle station, which may include:
·         Operating motorbikes and vehicles
·         Riding horses and other duties associated with horses
·         Mustering cattle and processing (yardwork)
·         Maintenance of station infrastructure
The role requires a very sound level of fitness and capacity for active and demanding work in an outdoors environment.
The term Jackaroo is often used for the new employee who has yet to develop skills. Station hand is a more general term which covers a number of tasks and does not have any relation to the skill capacity of the employee

Q: How old do I need to be to work for NAPCO?

A: Most NAPCO properties will require their staff to have a driver’s license, therefore, in most cases the role will suit someone 17 or over. Most roles have a requirement for suitability and capacity for the work rather than an age requirement

Q: Can I get a job for my partner and myself?

A: Sometimes, but for that to work there must be two suitable vacancies as well as an availability of appropriate accommodation facilities, so it may be more challenging to achieve

Q: Can I get a traineeship?

A: Yes, if you go through the usual recruitment processes and are offered a position, a traineeship can usually then be arranged. You would be taught many skills on the job and then (if necessary) would be sent away to block training to complete any additional competencies required

Q: How do I know if my application was successful?

A: We receive a high volume of applications each year. Those shortlisted will be contacted further. In some cases we are unable to make contact with each individual applicant

Q:  Can I take my dog with me?

A:  Most properties are unable to accommodate dogs, and most properties do not use working dogs with the livestock. It is always best to check this one very early into the interview process

Q: Do I have to ride a bike and a horse?

A: Our stock staff must develop skills in both horse and motorbike riding as our properties generally incorporate use of both into the work program

Q:  Can I bring my own horse?

A: This will be subject to negotiation with the station manager of the property considering employing you, depending on individual circumstances

Q: Do your properties have mobile phone coverage?

A: No, most of our properties are well beyond mobile phone range due to their remote locations

Q: How long is ‘the season’?

A: The mustering season can last for approximately 10 months, often between March to December. Most job offers are on the expectation that the candidate will commit to an entire season (unless there are legal restrictions, such as with a Working Holiday Visa).

Q:  Can my family or friends come to visit me at my workplace?

A:  Please check with your station manager to make suitable arrangements

Q: Can I do unpaid work as a volunteer?

A: NAPCO has a commitment to provide working conditions in line with industry standards and the New Employment Laws 2009. NAPCO is not in a position to take on unpaid volunteers

Q: What is a Bore Runner?

A: Bore Runner is the title given to the person or persons responsible for the important role of monitoring and maintaining stock watering points (or water bores). This live-in role requires strong observational skills, good communication, ability to work alone and unsupervised, and an attention to detail. This person will drive vehicles on unsealed roads, do basic repairs on fences, trough and other infrastructure, clean troughs, service and start pumps (often powered by diesel engines). The work can be anywhere from 5 days per week, to 6 or sometimes 7 days per week depending on circumstances

Q:  What is a governess/home tutor?

A:  A governess or home tutor is a person employed to each a child or children their schooling via distance education. This live-in role requires at least Year 12 graduation, or tertiary. The right person would be patient and committed, and would be able to communicate well with the child’s parents and teaching staff in the schooling system.  This role would require occasional travel and required attendance of the role is subject to the school calendar

Q:  What is a station cook/camp cook?

A:  A station cook is employed to prepare and serve nutritious and palatable meals to staff on working days. The role requires a sound knowledge of the basic principles of nutrition, food preparation, food safety and hygiene. The cook is often responsible for monitoring the station pantry and ordering in advance. The role entails early starts and late close, which can be arranged in a split shift type arrangement.
A camp cook is also employed in the same role as the station cook, but may be required to operate from temporary premises with powered facilities for staff who are camping out away from the homestead.
Pay levels are determined on skills and experience, and also the usual number of people requiring meals.

Q: What is NAPCOs business?

A: The North Australian Pastoral Company Pty Limited produces cattle to supply quality beef to the domestic market.

Q: Can you explain Composite?

A: The Composite breed theory
Most beef cattle breeders aim to breed animals that better meet market requirements and/or environmental conditions. This is often achieved by crossing breeds. However in some situations breeders have found limitations with existing breeds or crossbreeding systems and have considered the option of composite breeding. Composites are developed by crossing two or more pre-existing breeds in a specific design to develop a new stabilised ‘breed’. The design aims to utilize the same genetic resources used in straight breeding and traditional crossing but in a slightly different way

Q: What is a campdraft?

A: Campdrafting is a competitive Australian horse sports event popular with those who work with horses and cattle in their everyday lives. It involves a mounted rider riding into a “camp” (corral or yard) with 6 to 8 head of cattle in it. The rider “cuts out” (selects) 1 steer or heifer from the cattle in the camp and brings that beast to the front of the camp and blocks and turns that beast at least 2 or 3 times to prove to the judge that they have the beast under control. The rider then calls for the gates to be opened.  The rider then proceeds to “draft” (work) the beast around a course in a larger arena.  Points are awarded for horsemanship and control of the beast.