Grounds Assistant, Landscape Labourer

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Grounds Assistant, Landscape Labourer 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 such as 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 Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a 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 to September 2023 (subject to funding approval*).

*This opportunity is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program – to be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Duties & Responsibilities

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

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Cut lawns using mowers and ensure grass is mowed evenly; trim shrubs and hedges; edge walks and curbs and other related grounds maintenance utilizing proper safety techniques
  • Perform and/or assist in building new flower beds and maintaining existing garden beds, including weeding and watering plants
  • Perform and/or assist in spreading fertilizer, soil, mulch, manure and seed as required
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned
  • Work safely in accordance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and related regulations
  • Participate in corporate training
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Must have successfully completed a minimum education of Grade 12
  • Previous landscape and equipment experience is preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Able to work in a team environment
  • Able to operate and maintain all relevant equipment and machinery (willing to train)
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. frequently

Include:

  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
  • Contact information of three references
Contract Position
Closing date: Open until filled
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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