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Position: Farm Assistant
Employer: Kendal Hills Farm
Dates: May 1st to October 31st, 2019
Orono (Durham Region, near Oshawa), Ontario
Housing: on-farm accom. available (rent to be negotiated)

Kendal Hills Farm is 70 acres of rolling hills, forest, orchard and pasture. Dave & Emily are starting their third season of reviving the farm that Emily grew up on. We raise mushrooms, eggs, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, partridge, pigeons and pork and also operate a dog boarding kennel. It’s beautiful chaos and we’re looking for someone to join our team.

While we’d love to describe a usual day, there’s really no such thing on our farm. Every day there are dogs to look after, animals to feed and mushrooms to harvest but after that it could be foraging in the woods, trips to the butcher, preparing for market, deliveries and market sales, giving tours, building and maintaining fences and shelters, cleaning equipment, or any one of hundreds of other farm projects and chores.

These six things describe the qualities we’re looking for and why they’re important to us.

  • Trusted to work by yourself with little supervision: Once trained, you will be trusted to care for animals and harvest mushrooms by yourself. Though Dave won’t be far away, we’d like your good judgment and strong work ethic to guide you through your day.
  • Sociable and enjoy talking with people: The majority of our farm’s food is sold at farmers’ market and you’ll be trusted to be our salesperson at least twice a week. Being the friendly face of local food, you’ll be expected to answer questions about our products and build relationships with our customer
  • Excellent with animals: Caring for dogs, livestock and poultry will be a daily task and requires empathy and problem-solving so that they receive our high standard of care
  • Attention to detail: Raising healthy animals and growing high quality mushrooms both require strict biosecurity rules and constant monitoring as you go about your day. Animals and mushrooms ‘tell’ you a lot when you’re paying attention and this allows us to handle things before they become a crisis.
  • Physically able to lift at least 25kgs: From hauling feed to loading up for the market, you’ll be using your body and must be able to handle at least 25kgs (50lbs). There’s never a time when you’re physically exhausted from moving or lifting things, but every day you’ll be lifting something heavy.
  • Great driver with a full driver’s license: Whether it’s picking up supplies, driving to the butcher or heading to market you’re not riding shotgun, you’ll be in the driver’s seat
  • Good with Numbers: No complicated math equations here, but when working the market you must be able to calculate weights and prices and give correct change.


  • $550/week
  • On-farm accommodation available (rent to be negotiated)
  • Free and discounted food from the farm
  • End of Season bonus based on performance and sales

Hours of Work

Daily hours and schedules vary depending on the projects and tasks underway.
Approximately 35-40 hours/week with at least 4 days off in every 14 day period.

We’re looking for someone to become a full-time trusted member of our team from May 1st to October 31st, with the possibility of extending throughout the year.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter or e-mail to with the title “I want to work”.

In that letter, tell us about any education, education and skills that would make you great for this position AND why you want to work with us.

We’ll interview as applications are received until we find the person we want to grow with.


“We are committed to the principles of regenerative agriculture, a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.”

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 10 2019    ID: 53053