Agricultural season work in Finland

Applying for seasonal jobs

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 will be a platform in this site where to find farms and see what kinds of seasonal jobs (and when) they have. Stay tuned!

When you apply, at least tell the following things of yourself:

  • Name and age
  • Country of origin (if there is a need for work permit process)
  • Previous experience and/or skills for this job
  • When are you available
  • Do you need accommodation
  • Why are you applying for this job

You can find more jobs through public employment services:
www.te-palvelut.fi

Where and how? What to expect?

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. 

Get to know Finnish farms (subtitles in English)

Every foreigner has the same rights at work as Finnish citizens

Employee's rights and obligations in Finland

In Finland an employee has the right to:

  • remuneration in accordance with the collective agreement and other minimum provisions
  • the protection provided by acts and contracts
  • join a union
  • a healthy and safe working environment

An employee has the obligation to:

  • perform their work carefully
  • observe the agreed-upon working hours
  • follow the instructions of the management
  • decline from activities which compete with those of the employer
  • keep business and trade secrets
  • take into account the employer’s interests

Employee rights in different languages >>

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Questionnaire for season workers 2021

Thank you for your input in this season! We hope you find the time to answer some questions about the season. With the help of this questionnaire we develop advisory and other services for seasonal employers and employees. Your answers are much appreciated and valuable. It takes max 10 minutes to answer. You can answer anonymously. There are three different language versions of the questionnaire (Fi, Eng, Rus), please answer only to one of these. Thank you in advance for your answer!

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