Interview with Jack O’Donnell

At CPC, it doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, experienced or looking to have a life-changing experience, we support career development and provide ongoing opportunities at every level.

Why work for Consolidated Pastoral Company?

CPC is an exciting leader in the Beef Industry that can offer anyone looking for a career in Agriculture the very best experience and training due to scale and the diverse nature of our business.  Your dream may be to live and work in rural Australia or your interest may be to work in the corporate office supporting station activities, all of this is possible with CPC.

Unlike traditional roles where qualifications are the key to your success there are no barriers to making your dream a reality with us as we have a comprehensive on-boarding program followed with structured learning and development program where you will have the opportunity to sit with your leader to discuss your personal and professional goals.  Additionally, we have an extensive training library which will support you in working towards achieving your learning objectives in building a solid foundation for your future success.

Like all companies we also offer a vast range of benefits to our staff which will vary depending on your work location and your role. We believe in providing our staff with a work environment that is happy and harmonious. One that helps them become their best professionally so that they can achieve their professional goals. Here are just a few of the things that we do:

Bonuses and allowances

Because hard work and a great attitude should be rewarded CPC offers the following rewards and benefits:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • Prepared meals and accommodation on our properties*
  • Extensive induction and training programs*
  • Fare allowances*
  • Wifi or NextG access
  • 7 weeks annual leave entitlement (employees covered by the CPC Enterprise Agreement 2014)*
  • Pilot license reimbursement*

* Station employees only (conditions apply)

Training and career development

At the beginning of the season new CPC staff partake in an extensive Induction Course undertaken on-station which runs for up to 11 days. This is followed by site specific induction training on the individual stations where they are based.

These skills include horsemanship, horse shoeing, cattle work, fencing, water and mechanical maintenance and motorbike skills. The induction also allows new staff to learn information such as low stress stock handling techniques and Workplace Health and Safety within the pastoral industry.

All staff have an opportunity to create with their managers, an Individual Development Plan. These development needs are addressed through informal and formal training programs throughout the year and the course of their employment.

Courses offered may include:

  • Chemcert Accreditation
  • Bushfire Safety
  • Four Wheel Driving
  • Apply First Aid
  • Welding
  • Station Butchering
  • Communication and Management Skills
  • Cert I Agriculture
  • Cert II in Agriculture
  • Cert III in Agriculture
  • Cert IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
  • Cert IV in Rural Business

This list is by no means exhaustive and there are many other e-learning courses that may be learnt on CPC stations. The scope is extremely wide – the main limit being the person’s aptitude and interest in the skills he/she wishes to pursue. To supplement your training by CPC personnel, it is our custom to use professional instructors from outside the company. This practice allows staff access to some of this nations leading trainers.

We also believe our team members are a vital link in the continuing success of our company and therefore everyone is encouraged to join our regular company conference calls so they can keep informed on what is happening within the business, future initiatives and share their ideas on our journey to become the preferred employer within the Pastoral Industry.

To encourage staff to utilise and present their skills outside of the daily working environment CPC encourages staff to be involved in company and community campdrafts, rodeos, colt challenges and other events.

We are always looking for staff who are self-reliant, resourceful, practical, versatile, adaptable, capable and have the ability to deal with different personalities that living in a rural community offers.

Socially, life in the bush is what you make it. Whether it is heading to a camp draft, to the nearest centre for the local races, relaxing on the station or those friendly cricket matches there is always something going on.

CPC has several team building events throughout the year, including;

  • CPC Annual Conference
  • Bunda Golf tournament
  • Colt Challenge at Spellbore
  • Wrotham Park Races
  • Newry Cricket
  • Family BBQs at Head Office
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