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Position: Orchard Assistant
Type: full time, seasonal (4-6 month contract)
Farm: Paradise Fields
Location: Hamilton / near Albion Falls & Binbrook, Ontario (accessible by bus & bicycle, see below)

We are seeking 2 people to join our orchard crew. We offer a unique opportunity to shape a new farm as it establishes. There will be many learning opportunities through the season as we grow and possibly year-round employment for the right candidate.

About us:

At Paradise Fields our goal is to grow the best produce available, focusing on soil as the foundation of healthy food and healthy communities. The farm is situated on 65 acres near Hamilton, Ontario and will be Certified Organic this season. We employ a diversity of tactics and programs to foster healthy soils that grow nutrient dense produce. Paradise Fields is young farm that is still in the establishment phase which began in 2016.

Last year we cultivated a 1.5 acre intensive market garden, 2 acres of row crops storage vegetables, and expanded apple plantings to over 50 heritage and commercial varieties. We also expanded our orchards to include pears, asian pears, plums, plumcots, and planted trial plots of Hardy Kiwi, Seabuckthorn and Haskap. We serve the local community via our on-farm market, local farmers markets and wholesale clients. We grow cover crops, like clover, nettles and comfrey, which are harvested for mulch, compost and fertilizer used in our agro-ecology based nutrient management program.

Responsibilities:

  • Aiding the Orchard Manager with daily tasks

  • Daily record keeping of field data & tasks performed

  • Irrigation tasks including maintenance, scheduling and setup

  • Training, tying, planting and pruning of trees

  • Harvesting fruit including strawberries, raspberries and apples

  • Safe operation of farm machinery including hand/power tools

  • Assist with the Organic IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program

  • Orchard floor management (weeding, spreading mulch and soil amendments, creating pollinator habitat)

Prior experience with commercial farming, fruit picking, tree planting, landscaping / irrigation, organic gardening, or machine operation including the use of chainsaws, chippers, ATVs and tractors will be considered an asset but is not necessary. All necessary training will be provided. Applicants must be willing and able to work long hours in all weather conditions, stand/walk/kneel/bend/crouch for extended periods, and lift up to 23Kg / 50 lbs.

The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Experience working in Agriculture OR a keen interest in pursuing a career in Agriculture

  • College/University degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies/Sciences or Landscape (Alternative based education with experience in the above will also be considered)

  • The ability to identify trees, plants and insects or use a key to ID

  • A good work ethic

  • A keen attention to detail and quality

  • Excellent communication skills including written and verbal

  • Respect of yourself, others and the land we cultivate

  • Ability to work well independently AND as part of a team

Accommodation:

No one lives at the farm permanently and accommodation is NOT available on-site. The farm is part of the Greenbelt and very close to the urban edge of Hamilton, ON. Local bus routes stop 3km from the property which translates to a 10-minute bicycle ride and pickups from the bus could be available. In rural situations a personal vehicle makes transport much simpler and we do consider it an asset but not a necessity.

Schedule:

A basic work week is Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with allowances for longer and shorter days based on weather and workload that are common at any farm. Staff may arrange to work some Sunday hours during peak season.

Term:

Two positions are available with one position being a 4 month position and the second a 6 month position. The 4 month position is from the start of May to the end of August and the second a 6 month position is from the start of May until the end of October. A standard 3-month probationary period will apply.

As the farms’ buildings are completed and the season wanes there will be room for discussion about winter employment opportunities. We have many projects in the pipeline and are looking for motivated folks to join our team.

Compensation:

$15 / Hour. We offer the opportunity to become a part of a farm in its early years and learn with the business as it grows.

Safety Requirements:

Steel Toe Boots and gloves are required for this position. All other safety gear will be provided.

How to apply:

Please forward your CV/resumé to: 
info@paradisefields.ca

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest!

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at FoodWork.ca.
 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 31 2019    ID: 50874