For example strawberry season offers different kinds of jobs – you could start early in the spring or in the summer. Work consist of tiding, planting, picking, sales preparation, packing, taking care of plants and fields.
Strawberry picking starts at the end of June and in some parts of Finland in July, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on employee needs of the farms along the season. Some varieties are harvested in August. Beginning of the fall there is preparing work for next season. In the fall also begins the harvesting and packing of for example root vegetables and there could be work available until December.
If the employer offers accommodation, ask for details from the farm. The farms are often situated far from village centers so there is a need for organized shopping trips etc.
There is a platform in this site where farms tell about themselves and their seasonal jobs. There you can see what kinds of seasonal jobs (and when) farms have.
When you apply, at least tell the following things of yourself:
You can find more jobs through public employment services, that offer a job seeking site for English speaking jobs in Finland.
Each farm provide general advice and introduction on how things are done at their farm. How the days start and go, and how they end - for example breaks, lunch etc. Accommodation and other arrangements vary from farm to farm. Not every farm offer accommodation, and if they do, ask for more details, like costs and facilities, directly from the farms if not stated in their job ad. As well as information about trips to the shop or bus/train stations - farm will provide you with this information. Some farms you can reach with public transport, but quite often not - they are situated outside the villages and far away from cities.
Seasonal work in agriculture is mostly outside work. Despite the weather, the work gets done. Days vary according to the weather though; when it is really sunny on open field, there will be a midday break of few hours for safety reasons. Sometimes the harvest doesn't get ready when expected. So harvesting work is quite unpredictable.
Work itself requires stamina, being precise and careful. The plants has to be taken care of in order them to grow and carry berries until they are ready to be picked and sold. For example if you leave bad berry unpicked (and thrown away), all the berries will go bad. There are some differences if you are picking berries for industry use or directly to consumers, and if you picking them at open field (still most of the production) or in a room.
It is advised to protect yourself with proper clothing. Cap and long sleeves are often needed. Confirm with the employer if they provide some of the gear needed. Pay attention to the working positions (good ones are shown in the video below) and stretching during breaks. Most likely you will feel muscle pain and uncomfort at first, take your time to get used to the physical work - it will get easier. First two weeks are crucial in getting use to working positions, do restoring activities also after the work day.
On a video on the right you see examples of the gear and also example how to pick.
Learn more about horticultural production - a link to Natural Resources Institute Finland.
Below advice for finding a job and travelling to Finland and also links to health care, taxing etc.
Guide for seasonal workers (terms of employment, wages etc.)
In Finland an employee has the right to:
An employee has the obligation to: