FARM JOBS: Vancouver/Ladner, BC – River and Sea Flowers, Farm Crew

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 22, 2022

River and Sea Flowers in Vancouver/Ladner, BC is seeking Farm Crew members for the 2022 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 in Vancouver, supply florists and a farm gate stand, run a CSA bouquet program and supply bulk buckets of flowers to special events. 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 4-6 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. We are proud to be certified organic!

DESIRED QUALITIES

The ideal candidate will have some previous agricultural experience such as mixed vegetable production or diverse cut flower production. You will be trained in many aspects of sustainable cut flower production.

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

JOB TASKS

Members of the farm team will have a hand in all aspects of crop production: weeding, seeding, planting, harvesting, packing and preparing cut flowers for sale as well as other
general farm tasks including the specific duties below:

  • Accurately filling out detailed records which include planting and harvesting logs
  • Ensuring relevant procedures regarding organic certification are being met
  • Ensuring crops are handled and allocated correctly in post-harvest
  • Upholding farm policies and procedures which include farm safety
  • Being available to attend some Saturday or Sunday farmers markets as lead or in a support role

Please see the full job description here: https://7e46fc99-5db0-4154-9da4-0efa7dae80d9.filesusr.com/ugd/d69fea_26575516ce274a0fb531081b09cc3b3c.pdf

JOB DETAILS

Term: We are hiring for multiple positions:

Position 1: Full-time position, beginning in late March 2-3 days a week, becoming 5 days a week by the second week of April, through till mid December. Work days are expected to be Monday to Friday, though may include occasionally filling in at farmer’s markets on weekend days.

Position 2: Full-time position, beginning in mid April 2-3 days a week, becoming 5 days a week by the first week of May, through till early to mid November. Work days are expected to be Tuesday to Saturday, including regularly attending farmer’s markets in a lead position on a weekend day.

Position 3: This position could be split into two separate part time positions depending on suitable candidates and their availability. Beginning two days a week in May, hours would increase to full time by mid July. Hours would then diminish in October to 2-3 days a week until the position’s conclusion in late October or early November depending on frost. This role would include attending at least one weekend farmer’s market a week in a support role.

Wage: Hourly wage is $15.20 to $17.75. We also offer a modest staff veggie patch, a 45 minute lunch break and excess flowers to take home.

TO APPLY

Please apply via email to Rachel at riverandseaflowers@gmail.com with your resume and a cover letter outlining your previous experience, availability, desired position and any other relevant details. We look forward to hearing from you!

Deadline to apply: Hiring is ongoing until positions are filled

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT River and Sea Flowers

Website: www.riverandseaflowers.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riverandseaflowers
Instagram: @riverandseaflowers

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