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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: General Manager (Organic Farm)
Organization: Juniper Farm
Location: near Wakefield, Quebec (30 mins north of Ottawa-Gatineau) (with on-site accommodation options, see below)

Juniper Farm is an organic (and biodynamic) farm comprised of 200-acres of farmable and forested land near the village of Wakefield, QC. We currently grow and provide food for an onsite farmstore, restaurants, retailers and individuals. We have been in operation for 13 years and have 5 acres and 4 greenhouses (100ft*30ft) in veggie production. We have a dynamic team made up of 10 – 15 people for 7 months of the year and 3-5 people for the remaining colder months.

General Manager

We are looking for a skilled communicator who is a responsible, competent, organized, flexible, loyal, hardworking, quick mover, smart, and lighthearted individual to join and grow with the Juniper Farm team.

If you feel like you might be this person, have the capacity in your life to take this role on, and would like to spend several years (or longer) on Juniper Farm then please contact us ASAP.

THIS POSITION WILL BEGIN IN 2019.

Skills and Requirements

  • Minimum three years experience working on a market garden or mixed vegetable farm
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Comfort with RESPONSE-ABILITY
  • Physically strong and able to do hard labour
  • Quick learner, thinker and mover
  • Tractor operator and comfort with machinery
  • Staff management experience
  • Bilingual an asset (French and English)
  • Organized in executing tasks
  • Efficient communicator and skilled delegator
  • Ability to prioritize information
  • Deep understanding of organic vegetable farming thereby allowing for good decisions to be made.
  • Love of growing and eating great food!

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Evaluate needs of farm operations
  • Understand farm vision
  • Ensure overall time management of the farm is being upheld
  • Understanding all field operations and tasks
  • During working hours having an open line of communication with owners (by mobile or walkie)
  • Contributing to efficiency (in terms of feedback) in all farm operations from software to field tools.
  • Increasing and streamlining efficiencies between the farm and the packing hub
  • Sense of tools, inventory of tools, and where they are kept on farm
  • Participating in festivals and farm events.

Staff Management

  • Training new staff to their new roles
  • Managing the field crew with capacity to occasionally manage morning meeting
  • Delegating tasks after lunch to field crew
  • Capacity to manage all farm staff (field crew, kitchen crew, farm store)
  • Feedback for performance reviews

Field Management

  • Assisting in planning fields and ordering seeds and all summer preparations and planning done in the winter
  • Record keeping with board in hub
  • Improvements in parts of record keeping within reason

Field/Greenhouse planting coordination

  • Communicate with greenhouse manger and Alex for appropriate seedlings
  • Communicate tasks to transplanting team and ensure quality of planting
  • Proper time management of team and materials
  • Manage placement, spacing and other specific needs for each crop
  • Communicate with irrigation manager for water needs
  • Keep detailed notes on plantings to complete and plantings that have been completed
  • Monday morning walks with Alex for 45 minutes

Volunteer and Casual Labour coordination:

  • Greeting volunteers with enthusiasm and interest
  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques
  • Work with volunteers for first 15-30 minutes
  • Check-in with volunteers twice during their work period
  • Keeping a schedule on the calendar of which volunteers are coming each day
  • Greet, demonstrate task and respond to questions for raspberry pickers

Decision Making:

  • Fill in where most needed and valuable on farm
  • Making decisions when owners are not present

System Understanding

  • Continually consider systems of farm, efficiencies and gaps and communicate effectively with owners.

Hourly Requirements:

Overall you will be working between 1600–2000 hours / year.

  • Start date: Jan 8th, 2019 – weekly planning day until
  • March 11th: available for some weekly greenhouse work and training (estimate 8-16hrs/week)
  • April 1st–December 1st: There will be a requirement to be available Monday-Friday for 8 or more hours a day. There will be occasional weekend work with farm events.
  • Following Dec 1st, there will be weekly planning days again and perhaps seasonal work.

Contract renewal for January 6th, 2020.

Vacation Time:

All statutory holidays will be paid out accordingly whether working or not, however between April 1st – Dec 1st you will be required to work at the farm instead taking the day off.

The farm is closed from Dec 21st, 2019 to January 5th, 2020

This time is not considered vacation time, it is unpaid time off with pay of stat holidays.

All vacation time must be pre-approved by owners and might be declined depending on seasonal work load.

On this yearlong contract between April 1st and December 1st there will be an allowance for 5 days of unpaid vacation. There is much more flexibility between December 1st and April 1st for time off and shuffling around of work days. A standard rate will be paid out yearly of 4% vacation pay.

Note: Between April 1st and Dec 1st Juniper Farm will not be able to approve more than 5 days of vacation in total, and not more than 2 consecutive days in a row. If you choose, vacation days need not be used, and vacation pay will be compensated at the end of the contract.

Sick Days:

There will be 3 paid sick days

Other Benefits:

All fresh eating needs can be harvested from the garden or taken from cold room as seconds.

All other products in the farm store are 15% off.

IN WINTER: Anything taken from cold-room for personal consumption, aside from staff box, is 50% off and must be weighed and paid to the hub float.

Processing food ie. Bulk tomatoes can be bought at the bulk rate.

Accommodations:

There several paid accommodation options available to be discussed

COMPENSATION:

Depending on experience this person will receive $17 – $20 per hour (depending on experience)

APPLY TO: 

Juniper & Alex
juniperfarmbeets@gmail.com
819-459-1630

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 24 2018    ID: 48887