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Position: Urban Farm Assistant Grower
Eligibility: 30 years or younger (see below)
Organization: Backyard Edibles
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Who we are:

Want to farm in the city? Interested in sustainable growing practices? Embedded in the communities we feed, Backyard Edibles has introduced commercial vertical farming to the nation’s capital with our indoor grow-space in downtown Ottawa, where the focus is on intensive, year-round microgreen and edible flower production. We also grow a variety of market garden vegetables throughout the growing season while attending farmers markets and supplying to Ottawa's top restaurants.

The Position:

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to join our team for the 2019 season. The assistant grower will work alongside the farm team to help with all stages of production.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with our indoor growing facilities: seeding, harvesting, packaging and deliveries, observing, managing and watering maintenance of crops.
  • Cleaning of growing area including cleaning microgreen trays, sweeping, mopping and general tidying of the facility.
  • Assisting with market harvest in our garden plots and post-harvest activities (washing & packing)


  • Able to follow instructions carefully and accurately
  • Maintains attention to detail while keeping a steady pace of work
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Positive attitude, sense of humour and a keen interest in urban farming
  • Willingness to perform physically demanding, repetitive and sometimes strenuous tasks
  • Experience working on organic vegetable farms/gardens is an asset
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset

Other Requirements:

  • 30 years or younger as of April 1st, 2019
  • unemployed or underemployed
  • have graduated from a university, college, DEP, or CEGEP
  • have not participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy program (that is, Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative and/or Career Focus Program)
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

If you are an Indigenous youth applicant, you must be:

  • between ages of 15 and 30 years
  • unemployed or underemployed
  • have not participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy programs (that is, Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative and/or Career Focus Program)
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Position Details:

  • Part-time, with potential for more hours throughout growing season.
  • Monday, Thursday, Friday 8am-5pm. Duties will be carried out in both our warehouse facility and garden plots.
  • May require weekend shifts
  • Salary: $14/hr
  • Term: Immediately until end of season with opportunity to extend to permanent position.

How to Apply?

Please send resume and cover letter to:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 23 2019    ID: 53603