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OTTAWA-GATINEAU-WAKEFIELD JOBS

We are looking for two managers:

Hiring: Organic Farm Manager(s) — Greenhouse & Field Operations
Farm: Juniper Farm

Location: near Wakefield, Quebec (30 mins north of Ottawa-Gatineau)
Housing: There is a beautiful four season house/log cabin available to rent year round on the farm property that is great for a couple or individual. We also have 3 season glamping cabins for an individual on site. If accommodation is a challenge for you but you are interested in the position, please get in touch.
Start date: March 2023. We will be receiving applications starting in October 2022 and will be contacting interested candidates immediately. 

About the Farm:

Started in 2005, Juniper Farm is nestled into the Gatineau hills on a 200-acre property in beautiful Wakefield, Quebec, growing a diversity of vegetables on a 5-acre rotation using organic and biodynamic methods; the farm also produces fermented foods and some prepared foods from its commercial kitchen. Production is accomplished through manual labor with support from two tractors. The farm sells its produce to many local restaurants in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, numerous retailers, as well as through both on-site and online farm stores. As an active member of the thriving local community the farm occasionally hosts events such as dinners, workshops, and festivals.

The corporation of Juniper Farm has many different business offshoots that need attention. The owners (Alex and Juniper) oversee the garden, greenhouses, microgreens, seedlings, onsite and online stores, the kitchen, restaurant sales, the fermented food line and membership to a farmer’s co-op, as well as, markets, marketing, finances etc. However the garden/farm is the most integral to Juniper Farm and where it all began, it’s our reason for being! The land and the food here are what ties it all together. We are searching for two people who will take on full management of the garden/farm and its staff. In saying this, we are a strong community who relies on and interacts with each other all the time in a fun, communicative and flowing way.

Our vision is to have a thriving organic farm on this land, working with a wonderful team of conscious people to offer our local community healthy, organic food and beautiful connected experiences to this land.

Role & Responsibilities:

We are seeking two individuals to share the large and wonder-filled task of managing both the seedling greenhouse and field operations throughout the season (or entire year, if that is of interest). These positions take direction from the farm owners as well as from all the past charts, maps and available information. The people in these positions need to work well with other humans as they will be managing and working alongside a field team and more broadly, a tightly woven farm team (store, hub, kitchen). These individuals will divide their management responsibilities between:

  • greenhouse Spring seedlings planting and organization
  • sowing, transplanting in fields
  • Harvesting
  • crop maintenance
  • tractor work
  • Irrigation
  • fertilization
  • staff guidance etc.
  • Closing the fields at the end of the season
  • Working after hours to cover staff shortages, farm crises etc.

These are full-time positions (40 hrs a week) from April to November with working hours changing through the course of the season based on weather conditions, daylight levels, and work loads. We are open to extending these positions to be full year positions based on reduced hours in the winter and more hours in farming season. We are quite flexible in multiple formats of how this can work.

The typical day starts at 7h00 and ends at 16h00 but depending on the time of season we have shifted the workday slightly earlier or later.

Compensation will be based on experience and will be between $20-$25/hr. The high end of the pay scale will be for someone who has multiple seasons of management on a similar farm and could possibly take on general management of the farm in its entirety. The benefits afforded to all farm staff including an employee discount at the farm store on 25% off, access to fresh harvest from the fields as well as non-marketable produce, and inclusion in weekly communal lunches.

You are allotted 3 paid sick days and time off is paid through vacation pay. Our aim this year is for each full time person to be allotted one week off in the farming season, managers working through the winter have mobility and options for extended time off. Stat holidays are worked but paid out in accordance with the normes du travail.

About You

Ideal candidates will identify with having the following qualities and traits:

  • Good grip on organic vegetable farming and/or greenhouse production
  • Possessing a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, diligence
  • Problem solver, critical thinker, team player
  • Prior experience in agriculture
  • Very organized, clear communicator, good teacher
  • Loves working with other HUMANS in challenging physical work environments
  • Tractor and mechanical experience (for one of the managers)
  • Understand the basic economics of production-based work,
  • Able and willing to perform physical work in all weather conditions,
  • Comfortable lifting heavy loads (eg: 50 pounds),
  • Interested in or moving towards a career in agriculture

Bilingualism (French and English), a valid driver's licence and some form of first aid training are assets as well but not required.

There is a beautiful four season house/log cabin available to rent year round on the farm property that is great for a couple or individual. We also have 3 season glamping cabins for an individual on site. If accommodation is a challenge for you but you are interested in the position, please get in touch.

If interested in this position, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would make a good fit for the role to info@juniperfarm.ca . Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

We will be receiving applications starting in October 2022 and will be contacting interested candidates immediately. Start date would be March 2023 for both Greenhouse Manager and Field Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 15 2022    ID: 65790