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LOCAL FOOD/ ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Organic farm processing/packing & field crew member
Farm: Juniper Farm
Location: Wakefield, Quebec (near Ottawa-Gatineau)
Contract duration: as soon as possible, to October / November

About the Farm:

Started in 2010, Juniper Farm is located on a 200-acre property in idyllic Wakefield, Quebec, growing a diversity of vegetables on a 5-acre rotation using organic and biodynamic methods; the farm also produces fermented foods, and some prepared foods from our commercial kitchen. Production is accomplished largely through manual labor with support from two tractors for heavy-lifting and field preparation. The farm sells its produce to many local restaurants in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, numerous retailers, private orders, as well as through both on-site and online farm stores. As an active member of the thriving local community the farm occasionally hosts events such as dinners, workshops, and festivals.

Job Description & Responsibilities

We are seeking an individual to assist in both the farm’s fields and Hub (processing and packing station). The position would start full-time as both a field crew member and hub assistant in training. By August 23rd the position would remain full-time but 3-5 days in the Hub and remaining days (if any) in the field.

As Processing and Packing Assistant:

We are seeking candidates interested in supporting the farm’s production through work in “The Hub” where produce and products are processed and packed for clients. Individuals should be motivated, detail-oriented, possess good organizational skills, be able to successfully communicate as part of a team, with a positive attitude and a keenness for work in a fast and dynamic work environment. Candidates should be comfortable with work in adverse weather conditions and be able to lift containers as heavy as 50 pounds. Successful candidates would be expected to assist with a broad range of tasks including but not limited to: washing and drying salad greens and vegetables, maintaining the cleanliness and organization of the work setting, packing products into formats for client orders, as well as other duties that may arise during the course of the season as needed. This position would be working with direction from the Hub manager.

As Field Crew Member

Members of the farm’s field crew should expect to participate in a wide range of tasks on the farm during the course of the season.

Examples of the most typical tasks shared by the entire crew include but are not limited to: weeding, transplanting, harvesting, and general crop maintenance. Individuals in this role would be working most directly with the field crew and three Field Managers.

Required Qualifications/Skills:

We are interested in hiring individuals who are the right fit for the farm and the work we are doing. Examples of some of the qualities and traits we are looking for in a candidate are:

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possessing a strong work ethic and a positive attitude
  • Understands the basic economics of production-based work
  • Able to work in a high pace and dynamic environment
  • Able and willing to perform physical work in all weather conditions
  • Comfortable lifting heavy loads (eg: 50 pounds)
  • Pay attention to detail and can follow verbal instruction
  • Flexible and willing to learn new things
  • Interested in or moving towards a career in agriculture

Prior farm experience- particularly with organic agriculture- is not required but would be a great asset. Interest in farm operations, active work indoors and outdoors is valuable. A valid driver's license and some form of first aid training are assets as well but not required.

Working Conditions and Schedule:

This is a full-time position (40 hrs a week) starting as soon as possible and ending either late October or November (depending on the season). We work Monday to Friday, 8 hours a day with a degree of variability depending on daylight levels, weather conditions, and operational factors. The typical day starts at 7h00 and ends at 16h00, with a one hour unpaid lunch break.

Juniper Farm employees are expected to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, with exceptions made only for extreme weather events that may be hazardous to work in (i.e. extreme heat, or an active lighting storm).

We expect that employees take their commitment to the farm and their coworkers seriously and complete the duration of the agreed upon work season.

We also expect and encourage open lines of communication amongst team members and ask that during the workday all staff are focused on work tasks.

Sick days and time off are unpaid. Holidays are worked but paid out in accordance with the normes du travail.

Pay & Benefits:

This position is paid an hourly wage based on the candidate’s prior experience in addition to the benefits afforded to all farm staff including an employee discount at the farm store, access to fresh harvest from the fields as well as non-marketable produce, and inclusion in weekly communal lunches.

Accomodations:

Accommodations on the farm are not currently available. However, on-site accommodations may become available during the contract.

To Apply:

If interested in this position, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would make a good fit for the role to jobs@juniperfarm.ca

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 15 2021    ID: 60645