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Positions: Cone Picker
Employer: BC Government
Location: Vernon, BC

Looking for a sunny outdoor summer job in the Okanagan? Come spend a month supporting reforestation of BC by harvesting cones. Up to 70 seasonal auxiliary positions are available at our Kalamalka and Bailey Rd Seed Orchard in Vernon for 30 day seasonal hires starting between July 20th to 27th, 2020.

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LABOUR 06R - Cone Picker - (70005)
Posting Title: LABOUR 06R - Cone Picker
Position Classification: Labourer R6
Union: GEU
Location: Vernon, BC V1T9G9 CA (Primary)

Salary Range: $21.69 - $24.42 hourly

Job Type: Temporary (Auxiliary)
Temporary End Date: 8/28/2020

Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> FLNRO and Rural Development
Ministry Branch / Division: Forest Improvement and Research Management

Job Summary

Cone Picker/Seed Orchard Labourer
Labourer 06

Please note: This is an ongoing posting without a scheduled close date. The posting close date will be added to the posting two weeks prior to the posting close date. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Up to 70 seasonal auxiliary positions are available at our Kalamalka and Bailey Rd Seed Orchard in Vernon for 30 day seasonal hires. No relocation allowance or accommodations will be provided.
An eligibility list may be established.

The Labourer position is responsible for picking cones and carrying out a variety of general labour activities relating to the care and maintenance of seed orchards.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is the Province’s agency responsible for land and resource management in B.C., which includes the protection of the Province’s archaeological and heritage resources. Operating on a provincial land base of over 94 million hectares, the Ministry ensures the sustainable management of forest, wildlife, water and other land based resources; works with Indigenous and rural communities to strengthen and diversity their economies; and, supports activities that provide environmental, economic, cultural and social benefits. The Ministry is responsible for wildfire management and facilitates safe public access to a wide range of recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and access to B.C.’s wilderness and backcountry. The Ministry oversees policy development, operational management and implementation, and administers all or part of over 60 statutes and associated regulations.

The mission of the Forest Improvement and Research Management Branch is to enhance the value, resilience and conservation of BC’s forest genetic resources. The Seed Production section manages five provincial seed orchards which currently produce 55% of the improved tree seed supply, and are operated on a cost recovery basis.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Katherine.Spencer@gov.bc.caDO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00pm on the closing date of the competition.

To be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the experience and qualifications as outlined below:

  • Prefer manual labour or outdoor working experience.
  • Prefer experience working with plants; i.e. tree planter, gardener, landscaper, orchard worker, and cone picking, or equivalent training and experience.
  • Physically fit and able to lift supplies (i.e. bags of fertilizer, cones buckets, etc.) and operate equipment (i.e. orchard lifts, pruners, weed eaters, mowers, etc.) on an on-going basis.
  • Able to work outdoors in all types of weather, including winter cold weather, and with potential allergens such as pollen, grass, insects, chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers; as well as ability to work at heights using lifts and ladders.
  • Basic knowledge of safe work practices and a good safety attitude.
  • Ability to follow instructions/requirements, complete tasks on time and work independently and in a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to read labels and instructions and communicate clearly.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.


Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying. Your resume must provide detailed information about your education and experience including the job related responsibilities and the month(s) and year(s) for your education and for each job in your employment history.

NOTE: Reference checks are MANDATORY for eligible candidates. AT LEAST TWO VALID REFERENCES MUST BE PROVIDED IN YOUR RESUME. A valid reference is defined as a current or recent [within the past 6 months] direct supervisor or equivalent who can speak to your employment verification, conduct, attendance, performance, and questions related to job requirements, such as required skills and competencies.

Questionnaire: YES - As part of the application process you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.

Job Category

Trades and Operational

Additional Information

 70005_L6_Cone Picker

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 24 2020    ID: 56909