What to Expect

Working on a cattle station is different to a nine-to-five city job. On a typical day you will rise early, before heading out to where the day’s work takes you. This could be in a utility, truck, or on a horse or motorbike. Sometimes you might be camped out away from the station for days at a time (that’s why you’ll need a swag), without the comforts of TV and phones. You may find the conditions hot and dusty and the days will sometimes be long. Long sleeves, a wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.

A typical day could include mustering cattle by either horse or motorbike, fencing, working cattle in yards including branding, earmarking and vaccinating, as well as welding gates, driving trucks, checking waters or working on engines. There will be a lot of on-the-job training to give you the skills to do these jobs and we also provide structured training courses.

Getting along with other People

When you work on a cattle station you will work alongside other great people. Most of the time you will be working in a team, so everyone needs to understand the role they play in that team. It’s important that all team members pull their weight.

Like any workplace, it is important that everybody tries to get along with each other. This means treating your fellow workers and their belongings with respect and generally being considerate of others often including other cattle stations, are an important part of station life. Our employees are encouraged to participate in  activities like Campdrafts, going to Picnic Races, Rodeos, etc., so you can enjoy time away from the station.

School Leavers

NAPCO offers a range of rewarding career opportunities across our cattle stations in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Most positions are expected to start around March at the end of the wet season.

NAPCO accepts applications year-round. Those looking for a start for the new season are encouraged to have the online application lodged by October.

A drivers license is essential and skills in horse riding and 2-wheel motorbike operation are a distinct advantage. If possible, a school based traineeship, Certificate in Agriculture (Beef) may be an advantage and obtaining relevant work experience on a property is encouraged.

This is a competitive process and the quality of your application is very important. Send a fully completed application form now to express your interest for a position.  Please be sure to provide the contact details of at least 2, preferably 3 referees.

To learn more about what skills and abilities are required please read the website information thoroughly. Please call the office if you require more specific information.

If you are initially unsuccessful in gaining employment, you may wish to seek training for the qualifications Certificate III in Agriculture or Certificate IV in Agriculture through a Registered Training Organisation of your choice.

  Positions that may become available include:

  • Station Hand / Stock Person
  • Bore Runner
  • Station Cook / Camp Cook 
  • Governess / Home Tutor 
  • Gardener