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.

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 August 12, 2024 to August 29, 2025. 

Duties & Responsibilities

The Technical Assistant will work within one or more program groups within Research & Development however the individual will be primarily assigned to the Plant Responses and Environment team. The position will provide support for the execution of greenhouse, field and laboratory activities for various internal and contract projects. 


(*A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request.)

  • Work closely with applicable R&D staff: greenhouse and field managers, laboratory staff
  • Perform physical work in field and greenhouse facilities assisting with plant care and experiments
  • Seed new plant material, transplant raising, as well as assist with budding, fertigation, pruning, clipping, suckering, harvest, seed organization and storage
  • Assist as needed in active soils laboratory which may include exposure to dust, dirt and soil odours


  • Post-secondary education (BSc or Diploma) in plant or horticultural sciences
  • Minimum of one to two years’ related experience working in greenhouse, field and laboratory environments
  • Experience in supporting scientific research
  • Experience taking notes and managing datasets in an organized manner
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions; exposure to working in hot conditions
  • Ability to complete daily/weekly goals on time with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving
  • Experience working with shovels and digging in soils in a variety of environments is an asset
  • Strong computer and technology skills would be an asset
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s Licence

We offer:

  • Flexible work arrangement
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • Paid vacation
  • Employee perks
  • Company events


  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
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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