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Position: Branch & Floral Supply Manager
Employer: Mount Wolfe Farm | Instagram

Location: Caledon, GTA, Ontario

Since 2016 Mount Wolfe Farm has been operating as a family-run, small-scale, ecological vegetable and chicken farm in Caledon. In 2018 we 'branched' out from our regular farming operations to develop a parallel income stream foraging foliage for floral designers in Toronto & the GTA. This has since grown to now require an additional staff person to manage all aspects of what we call Mount Wolfe Branch Supply. This position starts in May and runs through November, with a few weeks off after frost (usually mid October) until 2-4 additional weeks for evergreen season (Mid November). If you require full-time, don't hesitate to inquire; we have a gardening sister-company that can easily provide supplemental hours during the week.

Estimated hours/week are 25-30 hours a week at an hourly rate of $24.00/hr

This is a physical job that requires lots of walking and lifting heavy buckets of water/branches in and out of vehicles. Gloves and protective clothing (workboots, workpants, long sleeves) required for most harvesting; plants can be thorny.

The responsibilities of this position would be to manage daily & weekly logistics of Mount Wolfe Branch Supply, including but not limited to these tasks in phases of training:

Phase 1:

  • Harvesting and inventory management
  • Working with sharp hand tools such as saw, clippers, loppers
  • Labeling and keeping products organized in the cooler
  • Some plant maintenance (pruning, weeding, mulching)
  • Packing/unpacking the car/van

Phase 2:

  • Transport: regularly driving the farm vehicle (Honda Element) to/from Toronto and within the GTA
  • Transport: occasionally driving a rented cargo van to and from Toronto and within the GTA
  • Transport: occasionally driving an atv on the farm to forage branches

Phase 3:

  • Creating product listings
  • Order management
  • Online marketing and communications (social media)
  • Record keeping and income administration (invoicing)
  • Customer service

Attributes of our ideal candidate are:

  • Hardworking
  • Punctual/excellent time management
  • Independently motivated
  • Generally knowledgeable about plants & trees, specifically about those in Southern Ontario
  • Has some knowledge about responsible foraging/tree & shrub pruning techniques.
  • Experienced working outside in agriculture and/or landscaping
  • Interested in nature and the ecological floral industry
  • Highly responsible & trustworthy especially with assets (vehicles on and off the farm)
  • Physically able to lift heavy loads and work outside in all weathers
  • Highly responsible highway & city driver
  • Great customer service skills
  • Well organized and fastidious
  • Personal integrity & excellent communication skills

For the right person, this position could rapidly (by spring 2025) evolve from one of seasonal employment with us to one of sole entrepeneur in partnership with the Mount Wolfe Farm land & business owners. If you're interested in running your own niche business in the floral industry and you're the right fit, this could be the opportunity you've been dreaming of!

How to Apply?

Email sdolamor@gmail.com subject line: 2024 Branch Manager Position. We require at least 2 character references from recent employers/mentors (within past 2 years preferably). Please mention you saw this posting at GoodWork.

Viable candidates will be contacted for follow-up interviews.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sarah & the Mount Wolfe Team


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 7 2024    ID: 70192