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SAULT STE. MARIE JOBS

Position: Non-Timber Forest Products Sustainable Harvester
Organization: TruNorth Naturals Inc.
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Supervisor: Cody McElrea

TruNorth is a Chaga foraging and processing company based in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. We pride ourselves on our sustainability practices, quality control and love for the environment. We believe in Chaga's healing properties and providing high-quality, safe Chaga products to those in need.

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

The candidate is required to navigate through the forest in remote locations using a GPS, compass and maps. He or she will identify, locate and harvest Chaga mushrooms and pack out heavy loads from remote locations to drop points for pick up.

Safe handling and processing of Chaga will be done using sterilized equipment eg. hand tools, grinders and mills. Daily clean-up and organization of the processing facility will be the responsibility of the candidate. He or she will also be responsible for basic data entry using GPS units, tech programs and spreadsheets.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify desired tree stands and mushrooms grown in these areas
  • Locate, harvest and pack out Chaga mushrooms from remote locations
  • Process Chaga using hand tools, grinders and mills
  • Shop maintenance, cleaning and organizing

MINOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Basic data entry into GPS units and spreadsheets
  • Read maps, compasses, and GPS coordinates
  • Commute to remote locations and facility location in and around the Sault area
  • Learn about the medicinal value of Chaga and which parts to discard and which to keep
  • Shop upkeep; cleaning, organizing, etc

QUALIFICATION FOR THE JOB

Education

Forestry education is an asset but not required, only an interest/passion for the outdoors and a willingness to learn and work hard.

Experience

  • Forestry experience
  • Past experience in labour-intensive work
  • Confident navigating the forest using a compass and GPS

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Love and respect for nature and our environment
  • Tree and mushroom species identification
  • Willingness to work alone or with a team
  • Comfortable navigating the forest using a compass, map and GPS
  • A valid driver's license is an asset

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Strength
  • Endurance

WAGE

  • Base wage of $8/hour
  • $2.25/fresh pound of Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) harvested, cleaned, stored correctly chunks
  • Increase of $0.50/lb for each pound harvested if 300 lbs of Chaga is picked in 1 week

AVERAGE WEIGHT OF CHAGA HARVESTED PER HOUR

Our competent/strong harvesters average approximately 10 lbs/hour (fresh Chaga)

To Apply: 

Email cody@trunorthchaga.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 22 2021    ID: 62236