Technical Assistants – Environmental Horticulture Research & Development (2 positions)

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for two Technical Assistants, Environmental Horticulture 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.

The term of appointment for these two contract positions is from September 2021 to August 31, 2022.

Duties & Responsibilities

To assist in the delivery of contracts for Platform Genetics Inc. and with occasional support for internal Vineland research projects.

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.


  • Physical work in our field and greenhouse facilities assisting with plant care and trait experiments
  • Seed new plant material, transplant raising, as well as assist with fertigation, pruning, clipping, suckering, harvesting, seeding, organization and storage
  • Position requires long hours of standing, bending, lifting/twisting and is physically demanding. Candidate will need to work in potentially hot conditions and be able to do repetitive physical tasks without issue.
  • Working safely in the greenhouse is absolutely required. This involves adhering to standard operating procedures for plant maintenance techniques, wearing the appropriate equipment for each task and frequently asking for direction as needed.
  • Assistant will need to work as part of the team and be willing to take direction and suggestions
  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe work place
  • Conduct all activities and interactions in a respectful, positive and professional manner
  • 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


  • Post-secondary education (BSc or diploma) in plant or horticultural sciences
  • Valid Ontario driver’s licence
  • WHMIS, First Aid/CPR certification


  • Minimum of one year of greenhouse or field experience and be familiar with many aspects of plant management
  • Ability to grow, transplant, prune and harvest vegetables
  • Experience taking notes on phenotypes of plants
  • Experience measuring, collecting and managing large dataset, including meticulous note taking
  • Ability to identify common plant pests (i.e. aphids, thrips, mites) or plant nutrient deficiencies
  • Experience working with lifts and jacks or at heights is an asset
Contract Position
Closing Date: September 19, 2021
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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