Technical Assistant – Research & Development

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Technical Assistant, Research & Development to work in an industry-driven research environment. Vineland is a uniquely Canadian results-oriented organization dedicated to horticulture science and innovation. Located in Canada’s Niagara Region, on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples, this territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.

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.

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

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 starting September 7, 2021 for eight weeks with a possibility of an eight week extension.

Duties & Responsibilities

To assist full-time staff with research activities primarily related to apple breeding. The Technical Assistant will work primarily at our research farm, evaluating fruit maturity, harvesting fruit and extracting seeds and moving crates of apples into and out of storage.

If time permits, the Technical Assistant may assist in the laboratory performing analytical testing of apples. This may include titratable acidity, texture measurements, Brix, differential absorbance measurements and spectral imaging.

The Technical Assistant will work independently as well as on a team to ensure all tasks are completed in a timely manner with a high degree of accuracy. Being able to perform repetitive tasks with a high level of concentration is essential. Attention to detail is critical in this position.


  • Assist on research farm as needed (apple harvest, apple budding, moving apple bins into storage, etc)
  • Perform analytical tests on apples (including spectral imaging, titratable acidity, texture measurements, Brix, etc)
  • Data collection and sample identity preservation. Data entry into breeding software.
  • Process, analyze and summarize data
  • Properly setup, operate and run all of the laboratory equipment
  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe work place
  • Conduct all activities and interactions in a respectful, positive and professional
  • Perform all activities in a manner that is consistent with commitment to the health, safety and wellness of all staff
  • Perform other designated tasks as assigned
  • Adhere to all Vineland policies related to workplace safety and record-keeping


  • At least three years of university or college in a related field. Completed diploma or degree preferred.
  • Candidate must be between 15 and 30 years of age and eligible to work in Canada.


  • Basic knowledge of plant breeding
  • Experience working in a laboratory
  • Experience working in a greenhouse or field
  • Experience with analytical testing of fruit is preferred
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (40 pounds)
  • Strong teamwork attitude and dependability is critical
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks with high level of concentration
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience working with plants would be considered an asset
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills
Contract Position
Closing Date:
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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