FARM ASSOCIATE – GUELPH


Job Title:

Farm Associate

Company:

Ignatius Jesuit Centre **not on public transit route

Company Description:

The Ignatius Jesuit Centre (IJC) is a not for profit charity situated on 640 acres of woodlands, wetlands and farmland just north of Guelph Ontario. IJC welcomes all and is home to Loyola Retreat House & Ignatian Training, Ignatius Farm, the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest, St Brigid’s Villa and Orchard Park Office Centre. The Ignatius land includes deciduous and mixed forest, meadows, urban fringe, naturalized and ornamental landscapes, including Class 3 provincially significant wetlands and a restored cold water stream. We are fully committed to the environmental care of this land.


Number of Positions:

4

Job Type:

Full Time

Close to Public Transit:

No


Start Date:

April 19, 2021

Days:

Monday – Friday

Hours:

40 hours/week, evening and weekends may be required

Compensation:

$2,650/month; small CSA share


Duties:

Interested in regenerative agriculture? Join the Ignatius Farm located just north of Guelph Ontario! Ignatius Farm, an integral part of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, grows certified organic produce for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, farmers’ markets, local businesses and service agencies. Programs include community gardens, community orchard, acreage rentals, internships and farmer training, working shares, volunteer opportunities, and seasonal community events.  

  • Lead our teams of interns, volunteers, and field workers Farm Associates leadership areas include:
  • Field Lead – Staff & Production coordination; Field Inventories & field logs; Harvest Management; Post-Harvest handling; curing, storage & packing; Soil fertility, Field equipment operations & machinery care, Berry production & U-pick management
  • Indoor Production – seedlings, microgreens, in-ground crops Irrigation
  • Sales & crop distribution: CSA, Wholesale and retail sales, Farmers Market
  • Community programs – gardens, orchard, CSA pick-ups, events
  • Plant, transplant, weed, harvest and clean vegetables per Organic and Food Safety protocols
  • Provide wonderful customer service for CSA, U-pick berries, and Milton Farmers Market
  • Utilize and maintain tools, equipment, and structures safely, according to training provided
  • Log activities and contribute to system improvements
  • Support farm training and community programs, Community Gardens, Community Orchard, seasonal events, media outreach

Skills:

  • Knowledge and/or hands on in gardening, ecological farming, greenhouse production, or other field work; use of basic tools
  • Commitment to ecological farming practices, Health & Safety mindfulness, working outside in all weather, working as a cohesive team, and building community
  • Basic math & customer service skills
  • Assets: Valid G class drivers licence, First Aid/CPR

How to Apply:

  • Submit resume and letter of interest with funding eligibility to officecoordinator@ignatiusguelph.ca. Your letter of interest must specify: Which funding criteria applies to you, Relevant expertise
  • FUNDING ELIGIBILITY. Positions are funded through the EcoCanada SWILP program or other funding.
  • EcoCanada SWILP program-specific criteria: A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee status. (Students on a work permit or visa are not eligible for SWILP), Current post-secondary student studying in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math (STEAM) or Business
  • Go to https://www.eco.ca/swilp/studentquiz.aspx to become pre-approved for the EcoCanada Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP).
  • Eligibility for other funding: Have a valid SIN number, 30 years old or younger
The Ignatius Jesuit Centre (IJC) aspires to be an equitable and inclusive place where a diversity of life experiences, identities and perspectives work together. IJC encourages applicants from all walks of life, especially those from communities that have been historically excluded from farming or access to farmland. We apply an anti-oppression framework to our work and have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment.