How much can I expect to make during the sugar beet harvest?
Compensation will depend on the length of employment and your position. Sugar Beet Harvest employees can make up to $3,700 in a two-week time frame.
What do I do if I am Canadian?
Contact Us for more information on the Canadian application process.
I don’t have a bank account. How will I get paid?
Sugar Beet Associates will be able to access their paycheck through direct deposit or an instant issue pay card, which can be used at banks, ATMs, or stores.
Where will I be stationed?
You will receive your harvest assignment upon arrival. Placement will be determined by matching work site needs with the applicant’s skill set.
Where is American Crystal Sugar and Sidney Sugars located?
When does my job start?
RV/Campers can expect to arrive in the assigned area in the latter part of September. Start dates may vary depending on seasonal weather conditions. A Workamper Coordinator will keep all Sugar Beet Associates informed on important training and start dates.
What documents are acceptable to prove eligibility to work in the US?
In order for any application to be fully processed an applicant must be able to produce acceptable work eligibility documents. For more information on what documents are acceptable please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website. You can find the document requirements on page 5.
What types of positions are available? What kind of work environment will I be in?
All positions are classified as light industrial. Shifts run 7 days a week in 12-hour shifts, weather permitting.
Do I get breaks?
You will receive 3-4 breaks per shift. About 15 minutes in duration. For meals, you will receive a longer break.
How do I let my dogs out?
Dogs are not allowed at the job site. Normally there is someone in the park who will walk dogs for people.
How far do I drive to work?
The commute varies. The commute can be as little as 2 miles or as far as 28.
What about grocery stores?
We suggest you provision your RV with food prior to the harvest start. Most towns have grocery stores that are open after your shift is over.
Can I request days?
If you prefer days we will put the request in your profile, however, we cannot guarantee day shifts. We do our best to accommodate your wishes.
What are the hours I’ll be working?
All shifts are 12-hour shifts. The shifts run 7:00-7:00 or 8:00-8:00. Most stations run 24/7.
Can I go someplace for lunch?
You will need to bring your lunch. You’re not allowed to leave the pile ground during your shift. We suggest bringing warm beverages and soup. Time shacks have microwave ovens and also water. Bring sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer.
What equipment is furnished?
We furnish hard hats, safety goggles, reflective vests, porta potties, and water. We comply with all OSHA requirements.
Do I need special shoes?
You need good hiking boots or a boot with tread. No sneakers, rubber boots, or sandals.
What do I need for clothes?
Clothes that can be layered. Hoodies, gloves, ski pants, etc. Coveralls are not recommended for women due to the use of a porta-potty. No loose, baggy clothing.
Where will I be working, will I have to move during the sugar beet harvest?
Prior to harvest start-up, you will be assigned to a campsite and receiving station. You will not be required to move your RV during harvest unless extenuating circumstances arise.
Will I work with my partner?
You’ll be assigned to the same receiving station and same shift.
Is the campground furnished?
Yes, we pay for the campsite from the time of your scheduled arrival until 48 hours after your final shift. If it is not full hookups we will provide a honey wagon service twice a week.
When do I get paid?
Every other Friday. Exact pay dates will be provided when the job starts and is also posted near the time clock in the time shacks.
Can we be with our friends?
We do our best to accommodate all requests of this nature. It’s important we learn about your desires as early as possible so we can make notes. If at all possible try to arrive together so that you can park next to each other at the campground if that’s important to you.
When do we need to arrive for the sugar beet harvest?
The harvest starts October 1. Arrival dates will normally be during the latter part of September. A Workamper Coordinator will be in contact with you during the month of July or August to give you your official arrival date.
How long will is the Sugar Beet Harvest?
The length of the Harvest depends on Mother Nature, with an estimate of 10-15 working days. We require a commitment for the month of October due to the fact it can take the whole month to get in 10-15 working days if we experience unfavorable weather.
What are the wages?
Wages start at $18.25/hour. The first 8 hours are straight time and the last 4 are time and a half. Saturday is all time and a half. Sunday is time and a half or double time depending on which region you’re working. You may also be eligible for a season completion bonus that is based on your gross wages if you complete the harvest.
Is there laundry available?
Some of the campgrounds have laundry facilities but not all. There are Laundromats in almost all of the towns. However, their hours would not be conducive to harvest hours since they usually are not open 24 hours. We’d suggest that you have enough clean clothes for 14 days or depend on a day off due to the weather to do laundry.
How do I receive mail?
You will not be able to pick up mail during harvest hours. Make arrangements to receive your mail before Oct 1.
How do I get medications?
You should make arrangements with the Campground Host if your campground has one or your Harvest Supervisor to arrange for delivery if you have time-sensitive medications. Plan ahead to receive your meds before the harvest starts.