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Position: Head Grower & Jack of Many Trades
Organization: Big Clear Farms
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Big Clear Farms is looking for a part time or full time grower for a farming automation startup in the Ottawa area. We are growing amazing, delicious food close to where it's consumed using a controlled environment vertical growing model, and in the long term, we will develop a robotics and software platform to automate much of the labour involved, which is traditionally 30% of the cost of indoor production. We're excited about giving the people in our community a delicious, safe, and reasonably priced product that we can be proud of, and really excited about developing technology that makes that easier everywhere. We're in the prototype stage now for our leafy green and herb farm, and have secured some funding.

Here are the skills that would be useful, but none are strict requirements:

  • Experience in indoor, controlled environment growing
  • Experience with hydroponic or aeroponic grow systems
  • Experience with crop disease troubleshooting, environmental controls, yield optimization
  • Experience with food distribution including sales, distributor agreements, CSAs and produce marketing
  • Experience with food safety for production, and even better if experience with technology development and certification
  • Bonus points: management or startup experience
  • Bonus points: facilities, fabrication, carpentry, or HVAC experience

Responsibilities would include:

  • Lead crop selection and grow planning activities
  • Actually run growing operations from seed to packaging (with help)
  • Collaborate with engineers and leaders to build control and analytics systems for farmers (you get to be the first customer!)
  • Help build and define company values and culture as an early employee
  • Give feedback to peers and bosses to help personal growth
  • If we're successful, hiring your own team of growers you can be proud of


  • Startup equity
  • Freedom and responsibility culture stemming from startup environment
  • A lot of lettuce every harvest

This is a startup position, so it is worth mentioning this is a risky business. We're trying to do something hard and that hasn't been done successfully before (robots) in an already young and contested grow system (indoor vertical farming), so there's no guarantee of success. That said, the journey will be an amazing one with plenty of ups and down, and if you are interested in rising to the challenge, please reach out!


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FoodWork ID: 45752       Date posted to Jul 20 2018