River and Sea Flowers in Delta/Vancouver, BC is seeking a Farm Crew Member for the 2021 season!
ABOUT River and Sea Flowers
River and Sea Flowers is a small family farm growing certified organic cut flowers on beautiful Westham Island in Delta BC, just 30 km from Vancouver. Established on shared family land in 2016, we grow a huge diversity of flowers on just over an acre, split between the field and a few stationary, rolling and heated hoop houses. Our harvest season goes from April right through to November. We attend farmer’s markets, supply florists and a farm gate stand, run a CSA bouquet program, supply bulk buckets of flowers to special events and offer designed floral work for weddings. We are focused on growing high quality cut flowers in an efficient and ecologically responsible way, and use both tractors and hand tools to get the job done. Our team of 3-5 people work hard, get dirty and enjoy the reward of bringing beautiful organic flowers to the world.
We are committed to bringing local sustainable cut flowers to consumers. This means that we celebrate unique blooms that are naturally scented, freshly picked and grown with methods supporting local biodiversity over those grown and shipped from across the globe and treated with environmentally questionable practices.
Our farm is certified organic and we are proud to be a part of the Slow Flowers movement.
The ideal candidate:
- has an interest in local sustainable cut flower production
- is self-motivated and works efficiently
- is hard working and able to work in all outside conditions: wind, rain, heat, cold, mud, dust as well as beautiful sunny days
- is physically fit and capable of plenty of bending, lifting, kneeling and standing
- is able to follow detailed instructions and complete tasks in a timely manner
- is available to work weekends
The ideal candidate will have some previous agricultural experience such as mixed vegetable production or diverse cut flower production, though inexperienced applicants are welcome to apply and will be trained in many aspects of sustainable cut flower production.
Duties will involve seeding, planting, harvesting, weeding, packing and preparing cut flowers for sale as well as other general farm tasks. The candidate will also be trained to lead or support a Saturday or Sunday farmer’s market.
Term: This full time position will begin in late April and will continue right through to mid to late October. Work hours are part time in late April, leading to full time by early May.
Hours per week: Work days are Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday. Work days will depend on yet to be determined farmer’s market scheduling but will typically be a 5 day, 40-45 hour week role.
Wage: Pay rate depends on experience. Minimum starting wage is $15.25 per hour (+ 4% vacation pay) with room to go up during the season depending on performance and responsibilities.
While this is not an apprenticeship position, there is opportunity for informal learning to take place around topics such as specific crop requirements, pests and diseases and other general agricultural subjects. We offer a small produce patch for you to pick from for personal use after hours, a 45 minute lunch break and a farm work environment shared with two other organic farm operations. You will also be able to take home flowers to share, enjoy for yourself or to hang and dry.
Please see our complete job description document on our website before applying.
To apply for this position please submit your resume and a cover letter including your interest and past farming experience to Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Farm Crew Full Time’ in the subject line.
Deadline to apply: Application deadline is March 15th but applications will be reviewed as they are received with interviews will beginning late January.
When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org
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