What’s a Jackaroo or Jillaroo?

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Working on outback farms, ranches and stations for a few weeks, a few months, or a year, in return for room, meals, a little pocket money. This is what a ‘Jackaroo’ or ‘Jillaroo’ gap year is all about. You have the option of living on a real working farm, on a vinyard or Cattle station to learn the art of being a rancher.

Year13 offer programs to get you trained and directly to the ranches, farms or stations for work. You will be provided with all the information and training you need to join the drove, such as supplies, clothing and equipment you will need, and what work or training might suit you.

Is it made for me?

To be a ‘Jackaroo’ (for the boys), or a ‘Jill’ (for the gals), means you’re doing the real cowboy or cowgirl thing, so if you think you’re tough enough, or need to toughen up, then you’ll handle it well. You need to love the country, animals, farming and living on the land. You can’t be afraid of early mornings and hard work. You don’t need experience, but you must be a good team player and willing to learn. Beginner horse riders are welcome if you are going for training experience.

What will I do with myself as a Jackaroo or Jillaroo?

A day in the life of a Jackaroo and Jillaroo might go something like this:
Wake up at dawn. Eat a hearty breakfast. Feed and water the cattle, sheep and horses. Wrestle and brand some cattle. Help in the kitchen. Eat lunch. Fix saddles and horseshoes. Groom the horses. Build some fences and do some yard work. Shear a few sheep. Muster up the livestock on horseback. Eat dinner. Relax with a few drinks and stories at the end of a hard day with your mates around a campfire or dinner table.

Where can I do it?

The need for Jackaroos and Jillaroos is really big in Australia and the U.S.A, and these are some of the most popular destinations to go for work and training as a stockman or stockwoman.

What will I experience as a Jackaroo or Jillaroo?

You’ll experience great outback culture, beautiful scenery and countryside, friendly and down-to-earth people, great hospitality, and make new friends.

How is this good for my career?

After doing a Jackaroo or Jillaroo gap year, you may decide you want to become a livestock musterer, sheep shearer, drover, ranch hand, wrangler, yard hand, kitchen hand, stable hand, or just a good old fashioned cowboy, cowgirl, jackaroo or jillaroo who does a little of everything. If owners know you’ve got experience, then your chances of getting hired are much better than none, so why not give a jackaroo gap year a go?