[FILLED] FARM JOB: Nanaimo, BC – Big Bang Cider, Farm Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 13, 2021

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Big Bang Cider in Nanaimo, BC is seeking a Farm Hand for the 2021 season!

ABOUT Big Bang Cider

Big Bang Cider is a small orchard-based cidery located in Nanaimo, BC. We are a new start-up and planted our orchard in May of 2020. As such, our first harvest is still a couple years away. The apple varieties we planted have been specifically selected, for hundreds of years, to produce delicious, complex, and balanced ciders. We currently have 5.5ac of high density trees planted.

At Big Bang Cider we want to reinvent how people think about cider. Cider starts with quality selected root stock and apple varieties.  The varieties we are growing have been specifically selected to produce delicious, complex, and balanced ciders. The complexity found in our cider apples will allow us to make a cider that is balanced and interesting; a departure from the insipid sweetness that has become ubiquitous in the large commercially produced ciders. We live where we farm and care deeply about the land. We believe in farming in a way that supports integration with the surrounding ecosystem. Our farming practises promote ecological diversity and function. We are actively creating a productive farm environment that allows birds, bugs, and flowers to live and thrive amongst our trees. This not only reduces input costs but it allows us to produce a delicious sustainable cider. Farming takes a village and at Big Bang Cider we aim to create an inclusive space that fosters connection with the land, our food, and our community.

DESIRED QUALITIES

We are looking for help working in the orchard as well as building and establishing our cidery. Our funding requires that the worker is between the ages of 16-30. We are looking for a self-motivated individual with a good attitude who is interested in sustainable farming, apple orchards, and cider production. Farming experience is preferred but not required. Good communication skills, cooperative, collaborative, and respectful in nature is an asset. Ideally we are looking for someone who is organized, task oriented, detail oriented and efficient. Candidates should be generally physically able, able to lift and carry up to 50lbs. They should be able to work independently or with one or two other people and happy to work outside in all weather conditions. The successful candidate should be able to work safely and speak up when any safety issues are identified.

JOB TASKS

Tasks to be performed by worker:

  • General orchard field work (pruning, digging, weeding, irrigating, etc.)
  • Assist in building and further installation of the orchard trellis system (stringing wire, installing H-braces, etc)
  • Assist in general farm maintenance (hanging gates, fence repair, brush management, general construction, general labouring)
  • Animal husbandry (assist in the building, maintenance, and cleaning of animal structures)

JOB DETAILS

Term: Our current funding only allows us to offer part time work (20hr/week) throughout the growing season (May-Aug) or full time for 2 month period during the summer. Depending on the outcome of other funding application we may be able to offer more work.

Hours per week: 20-40hrs/week depending on worker preference.

Wage: $18-20/hr depending on experience. On-farm accommodation may also be an option.

TO APPLY

Candidates can provide a resume and cover letter to colinrombough@gmail.com, or they can also feel free to contact us to chat on the phone about about the job.

Deadline to apply: as soon as possible

When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org

LEARN MORE ABOUT Big Bang Cider

Instagram: instagram.com/bigbangcider

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