LOCAL FOOD & FARMING
Hiring: Various positions, see below
Employer: 20 Valley Harvest | Facebook | Instagram
Location: Jordan Station, near St Catharines, Niagara Region, Ontario
Eligibility: age 30 & under, see below
20 Valley Harvest Farms is a woman-led, family operated fruit and vegetable farm. We strive to live our values at work, including making ethical and environmentally conscious purchasing decisions. Our farm specializes in agri-tourism through our popular pick-your-own. A large part of our customer base are guests visiting the region from the GTA. We strive to offer our guests exceptional customer service and encourage them to come visit our pick-your-own orchards every year!
Positions — several seasonal contract 8 week positions are available for 35 hours per week:
- Customer Service Representative — Team members will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the pick-your-own cherry operation and on-farm markets. This position provides an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in small-scale agri-tourism and agri-business sales and promotion. As a customer service representative, it will be your responsibility to provide customers with a memorable and positive experience.
- Customer Service Representative Youth Supervisor — Youth supervisors will develop their leadership skills by leading a team of youth to ensure goals are completed accurately and on time. This job will give youth employees first-hand experience working in small-scale agri-business and with a focus on agricultural retail sales - a key component of agriculture and the main way for a small- scale agricultural business to be viable in Canada is through retail sales, product differentiation and added-value.
- Local Food and Farming Curriculum Developer — Our Local Food and Farming Curriculum Developer will research and develop on-farm educational workshops for youth (and their parents) and for school groups. Workshop topics will be Environmental or Agricultural in focus. Topics will be determined based on youth's interests (e.g. native pollinators, native plants, permaculture, restoration ecology, food forests, birds and insects, or the historical origins of Thanksgiving and Halloween). Our goal is to make our guests' on-farm experience truly educational.
- Fruit Harvest Worker — Our Harvest Team will be responsible for managing the harvest of fruit and vegetables throughout July and August. This job will give youth employees first-hand experience working in small-scale agri-business and with a focus on agricultural retail sales (a key component of agriculture especially considering the main way for a small-scale agricultural business to be viable in Canada is through retail sales, product differentiation and added-value).
- Landscape Horticulturalist — The Landscape Horticulturist will be responsible for managing all aspects of grounds maintenance including mowing lawns, managing gardens, planning and implementing new gardens including pollinator gardens and permaculture gardens. This youth will also be involved in horticultural aspects of the farm business.
- Digital Communications & Electronic Invoicing Intern — 20 Valley Harvest Farms is currently seeking a Digital Communications Intern. The successful candidate will help the farm improve their use of digital tools and techniques, from e-commerce to social media, to back-office systems like payroll and inventory. The ideal candidate will be familiar with digital technologies for small business (i.e. Website, social media & e-commerce).
We are an equal opportunities employer and all applicants will be considered.
- Friendly and outgoing; positive attitude
- Attention to detail
- Strong communication skills
- Able to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced environment
- Good decision making ability
- Able to work independently and as part of a team
- Willing to work weekends and occasionally evenings or early mornings
- Willing to work outdoors
- Requires the ability to lift 35 lbs
Additional skills (considered an asset but not essential):
- Valid driver's license
- Awareness of local food, fruit or horticulture
- A second language is an asset, especially languages spoken in Asia, SE Asia, Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe.
- Reverence for Mother Earth
Eligibility — To be eligible for employment under a Canada Summer Jobs grant, youth must meet all of the following criteria. To be eligible, youth must meet ALL 3 criteria:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
- have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
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