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Position: Urban Farm Assistant Grower
Eligibility: 30 years or under, un-/underemployed (see below)
Organization: Backyard Edibles
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Who we are:

Backyard Edibles is Ottawa’s premier urban-farm. Embedded in the communities it feeds, our farm not only grows fresh, healthy produce but sows positive relationships between people around ideas of community, sustainability and land use.

Furthering its mission to integrate sustainable food systems into the urban environment, 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.

The Position:

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

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with bed preparation, planting and seeding, weeding, building and maintaining infrastructure, harvesting, and post-harvest activities
  • 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


  • 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 and keen interest in urban farming
  • Willingness to perform physically demanding 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 full-time throughout outdoor growing season
  • May require weekend shifts
  • Salary: $14/hr
  • Term: April 1st, 2019 – March 31st 2020

How to Apply?

Please send resume and cover letter to:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 31 2018    ID: 49971