Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Small Holdings Farm. In this position, your day-to-day responsibilities will be planting, weeding, harvesting, care for the crops using hand tools. Work will be physical (including lots of bending, some lifting and shoveling) and will be entirely outdoors.
Small Holdings Farm is a small-scale vegetable and flower farm in Pictou County, selling primarily direct to consumers at the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market and through an on-farm CSA program (Community Support Agriculture). The farm is owner and operated by Keltie Butler and Michael Coolican and the 2020 farm season will be its 4th year in operation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities center around working both in the field and in the greenhouses doing day-to-day farm work independently and in a team.
• Bed preparation
• Seeding and transplanting crops
• Weeding/cultivating using various hand tools
• Crop care such as pruning tomatoes, deadheading flowers, etc
• Watering seedling trays
• Harvesting, and port-harvest handling (ie washing and bagging), will amount to a significant portion of the weekly work
Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada;
Must be between the ages of 15 and 30;
Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in fall 2020;
Is not a member of immediate family of community partner;
Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or ‘green’ sector is considered an asset;
Must enjoy physical work and working outdoors in all types of weather;
Be in good physical condition;
Must be both efficient and hardworking;
Posses strong communication skills;
Be motivated to continually improve/get better and more efficient at a task;
Have good attention to detail;
Is excited to learn new skills;
Is able to work both independently and as a team;
Are passionate about sustainable agriculture and food.
This job takes place almost entirely outdoors. Dressing for the work and the weather is essential.
This job is physical, requiring bending, squatting, lifting, standing, kneeling, etc. Eating well and drinking plenty of water is important self-care for this type of work.
All applications will be assessed equally; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous.
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