FARM JOB: Abbotsford, BC – Field Crop Management Internship, Close to Home Organics

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 09, 2018

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Close to Home Organics in Abbotsford is looking for a Field Crop Management Intern for the 2019 season! 

About Close to Home Organics

Our farm propagates, grows, harvests, packs and markets certified organic berries, fruit and vegetables. We sell these through direct-to-consumer outlets including farmers markets and a community shared agriculture program as well as wholesaling to bakeries and distributors. We are located at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op in Abbotsford, on the Fraser River flood plain.

We are a 7-acre certified organic farm that produces berries and vegetables of outstanding quality for local customers. We place a high value on the relationships we maintain with our customers and the local community. Our produce is sold through a Community Shared Agriculture program, at farmers markets and to select commercial buyers. We work co-operatively with other farms to market our produce.

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Learn more about Close to Home Organics:

Website:  closetohomeorganics.com

Facebook: facebook.com/closetohomeorganics

Instagram: @closetohomeorganics

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Desired Qualities

We are excited to work with a recent graduate of an Agricultural Program (or related field) who is looking for employment experience with a farm.

The right person for this position:

  • takes initiative
  • is a lateral-thinker and problem solver
  • works hard and appreciates the work involved in growing high-quality food.

A positive attitude is essential.

This position is supported by an Agriculture Canada Career Focus Program grant. As such, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  1. 30 years or younger when starting the internship
  2. Unemployed or underemployed
  3. Have graduated from a university, college, DEP, or CEGEP (preferably an agricultural program)
  4. Have not participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy program (that is, Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative and/or Career Focus Program)
  5. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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Job Tasks

The intern will undertake tasks of determining nutrient application for field crops, preparing planting areas, conducting transplanting and seeding, maintaining crop production records, and working with farm staff to create field management task lists, harvest lists and overall crop management strategies including pest management.

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Job Details

Start date: 1 April 2019 (flexible, depending on the successful candidate’s availability)

End date: 31 January 2020 (potential to move into full-time work for the 2020 season)

Weekly hours: 40-45

Pay is $14.25/hour, plus a $500 medical spending account.

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To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter with references to Chris Bodnar at chris@closetohomeorganics.com by 15 January. Keep in mind that applications will be considered as applications are received; as such, the position may be filled before 15 January.

View other farm jobs and apprenticeships here. 

 

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