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ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARMING

Positions: Field Lead & Market Lead (2 positions)
Employer: Wild Flight Farm

Location: North Okanagan, BC
Accommodation: Housing available for rent.

About us:

Wild Flight Farm is a 24-acre certified organic mixed vegetable farm in Mara, BC that has grown into a successful business over the past 30 years. This firmly-established family farm has a strong following at year-round farmer’s markets in the communities of Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. Produce is also shipped weekly to organic home delivery services in Kelowna.

Over the years the farm has developed to include 13 high tunnels and a large heated house for seedling production. We grow all our own transplants and the tunnels allow for significant season extension, allowing us to reach early spring markets with fresh greens and root crops. Later in spring, the high tunnels are home to heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. We have also developed a large packing/storage facility which allows our employees to work comfortably and efficiently while enabling appropriate storage conditions for a wide diversity of crops.

The rural location in the North Okanagan/Shuswap is within a 30-minute drive of the communities of Salmon Arm, Enderby and Sicamous. The farm borders the Shuswap River in a region known for diverse outdoor recreation opportunities from paddling, mtn. biking, hiking, climbing, and much more.

There are two main seasons at Wild Flight, with some overlap. We generally employ a crew of 12 full-time employees through the growing season (May to October) and 5 full-time employees to carry the farm through the winter market season. Our mission is to efficiently produce high-quality, organic vegetables and culinary herbs for local markets while providing living wages and career advancement opportunities for 12 employees.

Field Lead:

We are seeking a Field Lead who will be responsible for organizing and carrying out day-to-day vegetable field work in consultation with the Farm Manager. The work includes bed preparation for seeding/planting, mechanical cultivation, and directing up to 10 employees to plant, weed, irrigate, and harvest all field-grown vegetable crops. Other tasks include collaboration with farm co-leads overseeing other sectors to create a daily work plan to allot help and resources to the most urgent tasks. Familiarity with operating a range of equipment from 80 hp tractors and tillage implements to smaller cultivating tractors is a necessary skill.

This is a full-time, year-round position with winter work shifting to washing and packing vegetables for markets in the winter. This position is suited to someone with relevant experience and education in market vegetable production who wants to settle into the role for 2+ years. We are seeking a candidate who is dedicated to organic methods and looking for an opportunity to hone their knowledge, leadership, and teamwork skills in a collaborative and production-oriented environment.

What we are looking for:

  • At least 2 years hands-on experience on market vegetable farms
  • A positive, can-do attitude and a drive to work quickly and efficiently
  • Basic farm tractor and implement operation skills
  • Previous experience managing, directing, and working with staff
  • Knowledge of and experience with organic production methods and organic standards
  • Preferably a post-secondary degree or diploma in an agriculture or horticulture related program

If you feel you may be a good fit for this role and check some of these boxes but not all please don't hesitate to apply. Above all we are looking for an enthusiatisc individual with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

What you get:

  • Position is full-time, year-round with more flexible hours in winter months
  • Wage range is $22.50 - $27/hour depending on experience with yearly compensation reviews
  • Extended health benefits package, including medical, dental and visual coverage
  • Access to farm produce, as seasonally available, for personal/family use
  • Access to rental housing if needed

Market Lead:

We are looking for someone with demonstrated farmer's marketing experience to take on the role of running our 2 weekly markets in Salmon Arm and Rvelstoke. This role is responsible for monitoring the packing process and quality of produce heading to market. The position will also include coordinating farm e-newsletter and social media communication in consultation with the Farm Manager. Additional tasks would include assisting with vegetable planting, weeding, and harvest as required.

Since market days tend to be long and one market is on Saturday, the work schedule would be 4 days/week from Wednesday to Saturday. The position is year-round with the winter hours shifting somewhat to match different market schedules.

This position is suited to someone with experience in organic vegetable growing, with great customer service skills, and an appreciation for the farmers' market atmosphere.

What we are looking for:

  • At least one full season of experience on an organic vegetable farm
  • Demonstrated customer service experience and competence
  • Good mental math abilities for adding customer purchases quickly
  • Must be able to lift heavy tables and 50 lb produce boxes
  • Practical problem solving abilities when faced with unforeseen events
  • Proficiency with website and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of and experience with vegetable production methods and organic standards
  • A positive, can-do attitude and a drive to work quickly and efficiently

What you get:

  • Position is full-time, year-round with more flexible hours/time off in winter months
  • Wage range is $21 - $25/hour depending on experience with yearly compensation reviews
  • Extended health benefits package, including medical, dental and visual coverage
  • Access to discounted and free farm produce for personal/family use
  • Access to rental housing if needed

Details about the positions:

Please visit our website for the full descriptions and skill requirements for each position:
http://wildflightfarm.ca/employment_1.html

If after reading the job descriptions you feel you meet some requirements, but not all,
don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are looking for enthusiastic workers who are willing to
learn and can grow into long-term positions.

How to Apply?

Email your resume to produce@wildflightfarm.ca

Please include a cover letter describing your motivation to apply for this job and the specific skills/experience you have that match the work description and skills required.

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

Apply by: March 30th, 2024

Start date: April 1st, 2024

While we thank all who apply, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
ONLY applications from Canadian residents will be considered.


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 2 2024    ID: 70145