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Position: Organic Crops Field Assistant
Type: seasonal / summer job (students & non-students welcome to apply)
Organization: Hendrick Farm
Location: Old Chelsea, Quebec, just north of Ottawa-Gatineau

Start Date: May 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 31, 2017
Term: 18 weeks (Possibility of 4 week extension)

Background

Hendrick Farm is located at the heart of historic Old Chelsea village. The farm continues to act as an important reminder of the agricultural and rural heritage of the area. Our farming principles are aimed at building healthy soils as well as to maintain a diverse and balanced ecosystem within the surrounding environment. We are a certified organic vegetable farm and the centrepiece of a community plan that was developed with food in mind. We grow over 80 varieties of certified organic vegetables chosen for their quality and taste including asparagus, garlic and potatoes. The farm also manages two fields of picturesque flowers selected for the local market. The farm property includes a seedling greenhouse, trail network, mixed forest, a healthy creek system and the farm shop.

The Team

At Hendrick Farm, you will have the opportunity to work alongside a diverse and energetic team. We are builders, horticulturalists, architects, travelers, planners, and farmers. We are friendly, goal-oriented, organized and focused.

Responsibilities

This position reports to the Farm Manager. Hendrick Farm is focused on growing high-quality market produce. We maintain healthy crop biodiversity and build soil fertility thorough responsible farming practice. Hendrick Farm provides task-specific training in order to establish proper understanding and fulfillment of responsibilities. The organic crops field assistant will accomplish:

  • Seedling care, soil preparation, and field transplanting
  • Plant health including weed control, pest management, and compost application
  • Harvest crops efficiently with consistency towards quality
  • Washing, packing, garlic braiding, and seed saving
  • Assist with our on-farm market and community supported agriculture (csa) program
  • Clean-up and tool maintenance

The Ideal Candidate

This position involves the use of field tools, carrying small loads, and accomplishing daily responsibilities in all weather. We would like to find a dynamic person with the following merits:

  • Interested in small-scale organic agriculture
  • Demonstrated professionalism and willing to excel by optimising farm skills
  • Good team communicator and ability to work alongside volunteers
  • Punctual, responsible, and positive-minded
  • Manage the physical and mental work process with efficiency
  • Ability to prioritize and complete routine and flexible tasks
  • Transportation reliable

Schedule

This position requires 35 hours a week across a 5 day schedule. The schedule begins Monday morning and ends Friday afternoon. The work day is 8 hours and generally operates from 8am until 4 pm. A one hour lunch break is taken daily to eat and recharge. We understand that time off for personal reasons may be necessary. We are happy to accommodate the needs of the farm team and aim to exchange days or suggest schedule alternates if needed.

Conditions

Farm accommodations, transport, and food are the responsibility of employees. Hendrick Farm provides all farming tools; however proper footwear, sun protection, and rain clothing is the responsibility and preference of the worker. A weather shelter, lunching area, potable water, full washroom and shower are provided on-site. We ask that pets remain at home, that phone habits remain out of field and that a sanitary environment is maintained when using tools and handling crops.

Benefits

Employees of Hendrick Farm enjoy the benefits of working where food is grown. A weekly vegetable basket is provided and surplus harvest is always shared when possible. In addition, when the market flowers are in bloom, extra stems or bouquets are gladly shared. We believe in a work hard attitude with a focus on quality farming and polite service. The farm team is part of a vibrant setting filled with visitors, neighbours, bbq’s, workshops, and an environment surrounded by food, design, and nature.

To Apply

We look forward to hearing from you. Please write a couple of paragraphs outlining why you would like to work at Hendrick Farm and how you can be an asset to the farm team this summer. We would also like to know more about your professional background and other skills that may be useful in the farm setting. You can write to us here:
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We look forward to hearing from you.

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GoodWork ID: 38321       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Feb 17 2017