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Position: Organic Orchard Worker
Farm: Paradise Fields
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Type: Full Time/ Seasonal Start Date: May 3rd

Come grow with us! We are seeking hardworking and passionate apple growers to join our 2021 team.

About us:

At Paradise Fields, we aim to grow the most nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables on the planet. We do so by fully mineralizing our soil, improving the soil microbiome, investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure, and using regenerative agriculture as a foundation of our farming practices.

Our 64-acre farm, with forests, ponds, and an environmentally sensitive area, is located in the Green Belt corridor of Hamilton. We currently farm ten acres – with 9,000 apple trees bearing 50+ varieties of apples, some pears, and a few plum and paw paw trees. Around five acres are dedicated to our vegetable production and two acres for a variety of berries, including haskaps, strawberries, raspberries, and kiwi berries. Three acres of land has been designated for a future agri-tourism and wellness centre.

Prior experience with composting, commercial farming, fruit picking, tree planting, landscaping, organic gardening or machine operation including the use of chainsaws and tractors will be considered an asset but is not necessary. All necessary training will be provided.

Orchard Worker Position:

Under the supervision of our Orchard Manager, the Orchard Worker will manually plant, cultivate, and harvest fruits, use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling the soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

The Ideal Candidate will have/be:

  • Experience working in agriculture OR a keen interest in pursuing a career in agriculture
  • Ability to work in groups or independently with a positive attitude
  • Handle working under pressure and on tight timelines, in physically demanding conditions
  • Comfortable with completing repetitive tasks
  • Positive attitude, self-motivated, flexible, and response well to feedback
  • Able to problem solve and create individualized efficiencies as you work
  • Strong observation skills with keen attention to detail and quality
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Respect of yourself, others and the land we work and grow on
  • Ability to motivate others in unfavourable weather conditions will be an asset!!!

Accommodation:

No one resides at the farm and accommodation is NOT available. The farm is part of the Greenbelt and very close to the urban boundary of Hamilton, ON. Local bus routes stop 3km from the property which translates to a 10-minute bicycle ride. In rural settings, a personal vehicle makes transport much simpler and we do consider it an asset but not a necessity.

Schedule:

A typical shift is 8 am to 4:30 pm with allowances for longer and shorter days based on weather and workload common at any farm. We do not work Saturdays on our farm or at markets. The occasional Sunday shift will be necessary.

Term:

The positions have a start date of May 3rd and conclude at the end of October. There is a standard 2-month probationary period, however, we will sit down after 2 weeks to discuss if this is a good fit for both the manager and employee.

Compensation:

$15/ Hour

How to apply:

Please forward your CV/resumé to info@paradisefields.ca

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted

Thank you for your interest!


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 24 2021    ID: 59223