JOB: Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm & Inn, Nelson, BC

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on January 19, 2017

Green landscape and garden beds at Snow's Hillhouse Microfarm

Garden Manager

Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm and Inn seeks a qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable gardener to oversee small-scale production of food and flowers. The seasonal position begins in March with seed starting and continues through harvest, with hours increasing to 30 hours per week as the growing season gets into full gear. The Gardener will work closely with the property owner to set goals, plan, assign tasks, and prioritize. In addition to at least 2 years of paid garden work, the applicant must have excellent verbal communication and organizing skills, familiarity with permaculture principles, and must be 100% reliable.

On-site housing may be available to the right candidate, as well as on and off-season housekeeping work at the Hillhouse Inn. Please tell us in your cover letter if you are interested in these options.

Duties include:

  • Assist with garden planning
  • Assist with seed selection and ordering
  • Manage seed starting and seedling maintenance (including watering, heating, and potting-up)
  • Prepare beds for transplanting (weed removal, soil amendments, mulching)
  • Direct sow and transplant seedlings
  • Thinning
  • Weed and pest management
  • Watering
  • Tree pruning
  • Mowing
  • Harvest

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years paid work in food production/edible gardening
  • Dedication to  Permaculture principles
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or interns
  • Computer and internet literacy

Please submit resumes and cover letters by Jan 30 to


About Hillhouse Microfarm

Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm & Inn is a 3.5 Acre property located 10 km east of the West Kootenay mountain town of Nelson, BC, Canada.

The property is currently a single-owner smallholding, with 5 long-term residents, focused on becoming a self-sustaining, permaculture-based microfarm with a balanced mix of long-term and temporary residents. It’s an ambitious goal, and to get there we are looking for your help, talent, and experience.

Our primary goal at this stage is building community, creating healthy living strategies, and growing food, using permaculture principles as our guide. Residents share weekly meals, food, time, space, knowledge, skills, wisdom and creativity–and work together to create socially, ecologically, economically and spiritually mindful practices and systems.