Working at Van den Elzen Plants

Van den Elzen Plants regularly has vacancies for various seasonal jobs, such as grading and packing strawberry and asparagus plants, and planting strawberry plants. Weeding the fields is also part of the work.

Due to the different crops grown by Van den Elzen Plants and the associated production processes, this work is all seasonal work and we offer work opportunities almost all-year round.

On the pages below you can find more information about the different work activities, living and accommodation during your employment, and a list of frequently asked questions. You can also find a list of things that you should bring with you if you come to work for us.

Working

The work

There are various different kinds of work that need doing at Van den Elzen Plants. Most of the work is done in our production hall and involves grading, making cuttings, and packing plants. Other activities include planting young plants, weeding the fields, and laying out the runners of strawberry plants.

Working at Van den Elzen Plants can be tiring, but it is fun and gives a lot of satisfaction. Most of the time you work as part of a team and thus you get to know lots of people. Flexibility in respect of the working hours is required because we often have to do a lot of work in a short period. This means that you will sometimes have to work long days.

Since the work is physically challenging, we are looking for people who are healthy and who are able and willing to work hard. Currently the majority of our foreign workers are female because most of the grading and planting work is done by women.

If you come to work with us, it is always a good idea to let us know if you have any particular certificates, diplomas and/or skills, have taken certain training courses, or speak any other languages. This will enable us to try and give you work that matches your skills and knowledge as closely as possible. For example, it is definitely worth mentioning if you have a driving licence or prior experience in horticulture. However, we will often not be able to tell you in advance exactly which work you will be given to do.

Working hours and salary

We ask for a flexible attitude in respect of your working hours. We would like to be able to tell you a week before you have to start on what day exactly you will be starting, but that is often not possible for us because of the nature of our work. The end date cannot always be fixed in advance either.

We work 6 days a week, usually from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This includes a 1-hour break, i.e. we work for 10 hours a day. This may vary depending on the weather conditions and other circumstances.

Your salary will be paid once a month. The payslip will be sent to your email address. You will receive an end-of-year certificate at the end of the calendar year. If you provide us with a valid IBAN account number in order for us to transfer your salary, we will ensure prompt payment.

During the time you work with Van den Elzen Plants, we will take out healthcare insurance for you with Hollandzorg. The cost of this insurance is approx. €2.75 a day. We withhold this insurance premium from every employee’s salary for their own health and safety.

Training and development

The quality of your work and your speed of working are important if you come to work at Van den Elzen Plants. An experienced colleague will introduce you to the work when you start working and, if anything is not clear, you can always ask more experienced colleagues.

Whenever there are any possibilities of promoting people to better positions, we look to those people who have demonstrated that they like their work, are enthusiastic, and can communicate well. Of course, the quality of your work is very important as well. We do our best to make sure that the work is tailored to your own experience and to what you would like to learn, but this is not always possible.

 

Living conditions

Accommodation

If you come to work at Van den Elzen Plants we will provide accommodation for you for as long as you work with us. The cost of the accommodation is charged to you. Staying in our accommodation costs approx. €80 a week, including the tourist tax that is obligatory in the Netherlands.

Van den Elzen Plants uses three different sets of accommodation to house its employees, all within a 35-km distance from the main location in Erp. The housing consists of rooms with 4 to 6 beds and shared toilets, showers and kitchen facilities.

If you are housed in accommodation outside our main location, Van den Elzen Plants will provide transport for you from the accommodation to your place of work and back.

If you prefer, you can also find living quarters elsewhere, at your own cost. In that case, you will have to arrange your own transportation to and from the place of work.

Once a week a Van den Elzen Plants company bus comes to take you to a supermarket for your grocery shopping. Of course, you are always free to leave the accommodation after work and undertake any other activities as you like!

During your stay

If you have any questions about the work while working for Van den Elzen Plants, please talk to your supervisor. If the question concerns any non-work-specific, daily matters, or e.g. a visit to the doctor, then please contact our HR employee.

FAQ

  • Can I come and work for Van den Elzen Plants if I’m younger than 18? Yes, you can come and work for us if you are 17 or older. However, if you are younger than 18, this is only allowed if supervised by an adult.
  • Is any experience required for this work? No, we find it more important that you can work accurately and fast. You will get all the training you need to do the work during the work.
  • Do I need to make any advance payments to be allowed to work at Van den Elzen Plants? No, you never have to. Please contact us immediately if someone does ask you to pay.
  • How do I know that I’ve got the job? This will be communicated to you by email or by phone.
  • Can I apply together with a friend, partner, husband or wife? Yes, and we will do our best to ensure that people who apply together can be together as much as possible. However, depending on the work and the available accommodation, this is not always possible.
  • Do I need to be able to speak Dutch? No, but if you do speak Dutch, English or German, it would be a good idea to state this when applying for a job with us.
  • When is the first time that I have to come to work? You will be given information about the start date and the address where to report a couple of days in advance. Please note! We use several accommodation blocks, so do make sure that you go to the correct address.
  • How do I get to the accommodation? You will have to arrange transport to your accommodation yourself. We have learnt that most people come by car. If you wish to come by public transport, please contact us in advance so that we can advise you about the easiest way to reach your designated accommodation.
  • Can I park my car at the accommodation? Yes, that’s always possible.
  • Can I work with Van den Elzen Plants for more than one season? Yes, before travelling back to your home country, please fill in an application form for working with us the next season again. By law, we are only allowed to have employees of Polish or Romanian nationality work in the Netherlands for a certain continuous period of time. This period must be interrupted by a certain number of months. Of course we have to take this into account if you wish to work for us more often.
  • Do I need a Dutch bank account? No, but you do need an IBAN bank account number and an active debit card. Your salary will be transferred to this account, i.e. it will not be paid in cash.
  • Who prepares my food? All meals are at your own expense and you cook for yourself. However, kitchen facilities are available. You will also have to bring your own pans, plates and cutlery. There is an option to go the supermarket by bus for grocery shopping once a week.
  • Is there a place for social activities? Every accommodation block has a place where social activities can be undertaken. The canteen and the central hallway near the sleeping quarters
  • serve that purpose at our main location in Erp. The other locations also have sufficient space available for social activities.
  • I do not have a registration number in the Netherlands. Can I still come to work then? Yes, that is no problem. We will help you apply for the BSN (Dutch citizen service number) from the municipality.

What to bring

What you should bring when you come to work for Van den Elzen Plants:

  • ID / passport
  • Driving licence
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Your own pans, plates, cutlery, etc.
  • Gloves
  • Work clothes
  • Boots / work shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • We advise you to bring around €100 in cash