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SALT SPRING ISLAND

Position: Land and Facilities Manager
Farm: Foxglove Farm
Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

Background

Foxglove Farm is a 120-acre organic farm located on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada. The farm is located on one of the oldest homesteads on the island, surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected forest, pastures, and fields, bordering Maxwell Lake.

The farm produces berries, asparagus, melons, greens, roots, a wide range of annual Mediterranean vegetables, as well as diverse orchard fruits. We also produce grains and pulses and manage a small flock of pastured laying hens.

Foxglove Farm offers accommodations and retreats in beautifully restored cottages and in the original log home on one of the island’s finest heritage working farm properties.

Position Description

The Land and Facilities Manager will work with the farm’s owners to maintain all buildings, infrastructire, machinery, and grounds, as well as participating in the management of all perennial crops.

Specific responsibilities

  • Maintenance and basic repairs of all buildings and farm infrastructure
  • Maintenance and basic repairs of all machinery, tools, and equipment
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly environment
  • Irrigation system maintenance and management of all irrigation
  • Weekly mowing and weed-whacking
  • Some limited off-season forestry management
  • Care and oversight of small flock of chickens
  • Care and oversight of small orchard and perrenial crops (asparagus, blueverries, raspberries, grapes) including weeding and harvest

Skills and Requirements

  • Basic mechanical, plumbing, carpenrty, and electrical experience
  • Basic tractor and machinery operations/maintenenace experience
  • Chainsaw safety, operations, and maintenance experience
  • General farm experience, preferably with fruits and vegetables
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Self motivated/directed and ability to work alone
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Sense of humor

Compensation/Housing/Term

  • App. $18-$20/hour depending on experience
  • March-December followed by reduced/flexible winter hours
  • Private on-farm housing available for a nominal rent
  • Internet, laundry, and select farm products for personal use.

Please send a simple resume, three work related references, and a photograph of yourself to m.ableman@fieldsofplenty.com . Please put Land and Facilities Manager in the subject line of your email.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 30 2021    ID: 62259