Frequently Asked Questions
Can you help me get a Work Visa?
If you are applying from overseas please note that we will only accept applicants with an approved visa or who are in the process of applying for one. If you apply and do not have permission to work in Canada you will be automatically rejected.
Picking Start Dates?
We estimate picking to start anytime between 1st July and 15th July. We will provide a further update on start dates via our website home page, and our facebook page in May. Also, individuals will be emailed with their start date, so please keep checking your email.
Picking End Dates?
We estimate that picking will finish around the last week of August or first week of September.
How much can I earn cherry picking/sorting/tractor driving etc?
See our summer work opportunities for pay rates.
We pride ourselves on providing above average working conditions to ensure we get the best employees. For more information on farm worker employment standards please click here and download the PDF file.
What is involved in cherry picking or one of the other jobs on your cherry farm?
Each of our jobs has a job description, we also have a ‘day in the life’ of a field worker and a cherry sorter, videos, and a photo gallery to give you a better idea of what life is like on the farm during the summer.
Can I stay at Coral Beach Farms?
Yes! Coral Beach Farms has a 3 camping areas available at our main farm (Home Farm), Cholla Hills and Coldstream that are available to our cherry picking staff. The camp fee for the season is $250.
How do I apply for a summer job at Coral Beach Farms?
We ask that all applications are submitted online – you can apply for up to two positions on our job board.
Lost your password?
If you have lost your initial acceptance email which contains your password, please click this 'Forgot Password' link, enter the email address you provided with your application, and click the reset password button. A new password will be emailed to you.
What are the amenities at the Picker Camp?
The picker camp has the following amenities:
- Walk in refrigerator (bring a padlock to secure your food)
- Electrical outlets
- Stoves and BBQ’s
We wil provide you with transportation to the nearest grocery story to purchase food.
What should I bring with me?
All cherry pickers are advised to bring their own cooking and eating utensils, their own tent and sleeping bag and their own personal items. We have one locker available for every cherry picker picker to store your valuable items and one lockable storage area in the walk in cooler to store your food. We recommend that you bring 2 locks and keys.
How do I get to Cholla Hills Farm?
If you are picking at Cholla Hills this season a map with driving directions from Coral Beach Farms is available.
If you are travelling from Vernon to Cholla Hills a map with driving directions is available here.
How do I get to Coral Beach Farms?
You can travel to the Okanagan via eBus from Vancouver. Visit www.myebus.ca
The nearest stop to Coral Beach is Kelowna Airport. If you have prearranged a pick up with Coral Beach Farms, we will be there to pick you up. From Kelowna Airport you can get a taxi to Coral Beach Farms (about 20 mins). You can get the No.23 bus from the airport to Winfield. The nearest bus stop is at 'The Lakes' however this is still about 8km from the farm. Winfield does have a local taxi service ( Winfield Taxi: 250-766-4440).
Parking at Coral Beach Farms?
All employees must enter and exit the farm via the southern gates, sign posted 'staff car park', which will take you behind the plant. The northern gates are to be kept available for customers and short-stay visitors only.
All of our campsites have limited parking for vehicles. If you are planning on bringing a vehicle you must notify us at the time of hire so we can ensure that we have enough parking spots available at the camp.
Parking at Coral Beach Farms?
If you want to share a ride to work, why not visit our car pooling forum on facebook and search for a ride: click here
Is there any Public Transport in the area?
There is limited public transport in the area. Click here to see the Kelowna Transit Map.
Does Coral Beach Farms spray harmful pesticides that might affect my health?
Due to several pest and disease pressures in the Okanagan Valley, it is necessary that we have a diversified control program. Part of this program does invoke the use of Ministry of Environment approved pesticides. Without this program, we could not meet the food safety standards required by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), who test and inspect a sample from every shipment. We monitor our pest pressure with traps, and through our agronomist’s observations and recommendations, we only apply approved pesticides when it is necessary. All our Pesticide Applicators are qualified operators to the national standard, and we ensure each cherry variety is tested to verify that no residue limits are exceeded. We advise all pickers to only enter orchard blocks approved by your supervisor, and not to leave the camp area when spraying is active in the orchard. If this advice is followed then there should be no adverse affects to your health.
Coral Beach Farms or Jealous Fruits?
When you come to the farm you will see a sign outside for Jealous Fruits. Jealous Fruits is the sales and marketing division of Coral Beach Farms and offers farm-direct cherries to qualified wholesale and retail partners around the globe.
Coral in the Okanagan?
Um, no, not exactly! We got our name from the fine coral coloured shale that graces the beaches lining the northern shores of Okanagan Lake.
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Just don't take our word....
I think I’ve done almost every job possible at CBF and every summer it’s been a new and awesome experience! You have to dedicate six full weeks of hard work and some pretty crazy hours but my jobs at CBF have paid my way through university and I’ve made some amazing friendships with people from all over the world!!
Kelly Sellinger, BC