Farm Crew Member

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Farm Crew Member to work in an industry-driven research environment. Vineland is a uniquely Canadian results-oriented organization dedicated to horticulture science and innovation.

Vineland is situated on treaty lands. These lands are steeped in the rich history of the First Nations including the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from across Turtle Island live and work in Niagara today. Vineland stands with all Indigenous people, past and present, in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands on which we live. As treaty people, residents and caretakers, we are committed to continuous learning and a deep respect for Indigenous people, culture and history.

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions addressing the needs of the horticulture industry and advancing Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Vineland is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and others. In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The term of appointment for this contract position is from May 6, 2024 to August 30, 2024. The hours of work are 7:30 am to 4 pm (40 hours/week) at an hourly rate of $16.55.

Duties & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for assisting in the care and maintenance in preparing, maintaining and harvesting fruit and vegetable crops of all field grown groups at Vineland. The Farm Crew Member will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of horticultural crops with responsibilities including but not limited to operation and maintenance of equipment, trellising, pruning, crop load management, nursery tree propagation, irrigation.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare plant materials to be used
  • Implement prescribed scheduling of cultivation, planting, irrigation activities for optimal effectiveness
  • Operate a full and diverse line of farm equipment to plant, fertilize, mow, disk, cultivate
  • Operate tractors and associated equipment such as mowers, tillers, cultivators, planters and spreaders
  • Select in consultation with the Farm Manager, the best product and application timing/method for identified problems, accounting for the many factors (environmental, soil, crop) that may impact product performance
  • Provide assistance for harvest and collection of crops for scientific programs

Qualifications

  • Minimum Grade 12 education
  • One year related experience
  • Valid Driver’s Licence (required)

Include:

  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
Contract Position
Closing date: April 12, 2024
Location: 4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0

Apply Today

Please fill out the online application for this position. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship.

Our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing all set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

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