Victoria’s High Country Launches New Jobs Platform

Published 08-11-2021

High Country Jobs
Image: Delatite Winery, Mansfield


Tourism North East, the Regional Tourism Board for Victoria’s High Country has today launched a new online jobs platform, High Country Jobs, aimed at attracting tourism and hospitality workers from metropolitan Melbourne to the region ahead of the busy summer period.


The launch of High Country Jobs comes after regional job vacancy numbers continue to rise. The Skills Commission data, collated by the Regional Australia Institute, showed that job opportunities in North East Victoria were up by 46.8% compared to this time last year – 9,452 vacancies in the September 2021 quarter compared to 5,025 in the same quarter in 2020. 


The latest figures showed that of the 3,147 job vacancies in North East Victoria in September 2021, more than 360 were in the hospitality, retail and service industries. With tourism accounting for an estimated 14% of the region’s total economic output, local businesses suffering staff shortages are calling on nature-loving and adventure seeking Melburnians to make a tree change to the High Country in the lead up to what is predicted to be one of the busiest summers for the region.


The new platform provides an up-to-date list of tourism-sector job vacancies from right across the region – from Falls Creek to Mount Buller; Beechworth to Bright; Marysville to Rutherglen – linking potential employees with employers.


High Country Jobs currently has 66 jobs listed with more to be added in the coming weeks. Jobs range from hospitality and cellar door workers with some of the region’s most iconic producers, to chefs, housekeepers, management roles and ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities like cheesemakers or bike tour guides.



  • Assistant Cheesemaker at Milawa Cheese Company – learn and work alongside one of Australia’s best artisanal cheesemakers, Cameron Rowan.
  • Lead Guide at Bright Adventure Company – spend your days in the great outdoors: rock climbing, abseiling and white water kayaking.
  • Bike Tour Guide at Tour de Vines – explore the North East’s rail trails while stopping at wineries, telling stories and making guests the centre of your attention.
  • Sous Chef at All Saints Estate – make pizzas in a picturesque Scottish castle.
  • Vintage 2022 Cellar Hand at Dal Zotto Wines – for those dreaming of crushing grapes and producing some of Australia’s best wine.
  • Cellar Door Staff at a number of award-winning wineries including Pizzini Wines, Campbells Wines, Scion, Ringer Reef Winery, Stanton & Killeen Wines and Gapsted Wines – for those who would rather taste and talk about wine than make it.
  • Team Member at Beechworth Bakery – Australia’s greatest bakery.


Tourism North East CEO Bess Nolan-Cook says the new jobs platform offers Melburnians the perfect opportunity to live where they want to holiday.


“Victoria’s High Country offers an idyllic location and lifestyle to live, work and play for people of all ages – from couples to young families and even high school and university leavers. Instead of doing the Monday to Friday grind in the city to only retreat to the High Country on the weekend, it is now possible to live where you holiday.


“Our local operators are gearing up for a major influx of visitors across summer, but the reality is that many don’t have the required staff to run their businesses on a day-to-day basis. The bushfire crisis along with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 travel restrictions, has left a huge gap in the local workforce.


“Summer in the High Country offers residents an entirely new playground to explore – sunrises atop Mount Buffalo; morning walks along rushing rivers; scenic rides along one of the great rail trails; mountain biking at Mount Buller; afternoon dips in a number of pristine waterways; and an abundance of fresh, local produce to indulge in. There’s no better time to call our beautiful slice of Australia your new backyard,” Mrs Nolan-Cook said.


Victoria’s High Country has a long history of attracting aspiring entrepreneurs and talented makers and creators with Ross O’Meara (chef and gourmet farmer) and Jean-Francois Rupp (founder of Alpine Nature Experience) calling the region home.


Those interested in making the tree change to Victoria’s High Country, can view the list of job vacancies online at




For High Country Jobs media requests, please contact littleBIG:

Jarryd Pentony | [email protected] | 0418 501 004

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