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SUMMER JOBS & STUDENT JOBS

Position: Organic Farm – Grazing Assistant
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Farm: Rock's End Farm - Ferme bout des roches

Location: Rock’s End Farm, Farrellton, Quebec / 40 minutes north of Ottawa-Gatineau / near Wakefield
Housing: on-farm housing is not available

  • 35 hours/week
  • $15 per hour
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Duration: 8 weeks

About the Position

As the Organic Farm Worker – Grazing Assistant on our certified organic farm, you will spend much of your time with our flock of Icelandic sheep, our small herd of Angus cows, and our poultry. You will learn how to keep these animals healthy and well cared for while also regenerating the soil through grazing management. You will be bringing the animals to fresh pasture daily by moving fencing and water, assessing the pasture and planning the movement of the paddocks to ensure that the animals always have everything that they need: feed, water, shade, mineral, safety, low stress. You will learn how to assess the livestock and their pastures in a regenerative farming system. You will also help at times with other farm tasks, including but not limited to: assisting with the hay harvest, assisting with the establishment and care of newly planted trees, assist with farm maintenance and fencing. We will value your insights and contributions as a key member of the farm team.

Job Description

  • Observe animals, take note of condition of the animals and the forage
  • Move the animals to fresh grass on a regular basis
  • Assist with animal care procedures
  • Take photographs of the animals and land for social media purposes
  • Assist with hay harvest (no machinery operation)
  • Assist with establishment and care of shelterbelt (trees)
  • Assist with farm maintenance including fencing, farm building repairs, and farm cleanup
  • Assist with on-farm public events

Qualifications

We are looking for somebody who:

  • Is keenly interested in organic, regenerative, livestock-based agriculture.
  • Possesses a high level of personal integrity, responsibility for self, and a strong work ethic.
  • Has transportation to/from the farm.
  • Works safely and efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Is prepared to work outside, on rugged terrain, in all weather conditions.
  • Has the ability to carry up to 40 lbs.
  • Has great organizational and spatial visualization skills.
  • Can work well with others or independently.

Previous experience working on a farm is an asset.

About Rock’s End Farm

Rock's End Farm is a certified organic farm providing sustainably raised meats and wool to the members of our community through direct sales. Our farm raises sheep for wool and meat, beef cattle, dairy cattle (for home dairy consumption), pastured pork, and pastured poultry. We use regenerative and organic practices to ensure that our farm enhances water quality, biodiversity, and soil health. We provide our products to the public via farmgate sales, home-delivery, and sales at the farmers’ market and craft fairs (some of these cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19). Our farm is a lively environment rich in learning opportunities. Through partnerships, we work together with other local farmers to create a more resilient local food economy. You can read more about our farm on our website, http://www.RocksEndFarm.ca.

Please Note

Rock’s End Farm practices employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We embrace diversity in all its forms and commit to maintaining a work environment that is welcoming for all.

This job is part of the Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Program and as such to be eligible for this position, candidates must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or refugee and
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada

To apply

Send your resume and cover letter by email to:

Erin Krekoski
erin@RocksEndFarm.ca

We will accept applications until a suitable candidate is found.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 19 2020    ID: 56876