Farm worker, general

Circling Hawk Farm based in 13433 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 1A2 is inviting applications from suitable candidates for the position of Farm worker, general who are self-motivated and have good interpersonal skills. We are well-known for our warm service and pure natural honey, cheesecake, and mead. We are very concerned about the health and well-being of the millions of bees we manage, and we only use ethical beekeeping practises.

Our bees forage in the Oak Ridges Moraine on abundant blossoms of alfalfa, clover, buckthorn, golden rod, and other wildflowers, producing a variety of beautiful honey. Most of our bee colonies produce far more honey than they require, allowing us to safely remove some without harming them. The farm is run by three generations, and our mission is to responsibly grow quality managed pollinators in an ethical manner while also providing the freshest and finest honey in Ontario. The candidate who got selected will be required to start work as soon as possible. The vacancies refer to Term or contract (ending: 2022-07-31) or Part time leading to full time job. The shift timings include Day and Weekend.

Employer Name: Circling Hawk Farm
Position: Farm worker, general
No. of vacancies: 2
Salary: $15.00 hourly for 20 to 40 hours per week
Employment type: Term or contract (ending: 2022-07-31), Part time leading to full time
Location: 13433 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 1A2

Type of Farm Operations: Fruit and vegetable combination farming, Hay farming, Other miscellaneous animal farming

Type of Crops: Blueberries; Field berries, Cherries, Raspberries

Job Description

  • The candidate would be responsible in doing planting, cultivating and irrigation of crops according to schedule.
  • The candidate should have knowledge and capability to operate farm machinery and equipment.
  • The candidate must perform preventative and routine maintenance on farm equipment and tools.
  • The candidate will be in charge of harvesting of crops.
  • The candidate will be in charge of hoeing crops.
  • The candidate will be required to inspect already planted crops to ensure that they are growing properly and address any prevailing issues.
  • The candidate will be required to check every item to ensure farm’s standard while tossing away items that do not pass that threshold.
  • The candidate will be required to monitor irrigation and soil moisture as per crop requirements.
  • The candidate will be required to regularly update farm manager about crop progress.
  • The candidate must report any signs of insect or disease damage.
  • The candidate need to clear and maintain irrigation ditches.
  • The candidate would be required to direct and monitor work of casual and seasonal help during planting and harvesting.
  • The candidate should be responsible in ensuring cleanliness of the farm.
  • The candidate will be required to keep an up-to-date knowledge of pests and diseases.
  • The candidate will be required to clean stables, barns, barnyards and pens.
  • The candidate would be responsible for detecting disease and health problems in crops, livestock and poultry.
  • The candidate would be responsible for protecting crops from weeds and pests by taking appropriate actions like spraying pesticides etc.
  • The candidate should ensure uninterrupted water supply to the farm.
  • The candidate will be required to regularly set and monitor water lines, air flow and temperature in barns.
  • The candidate should be responsible in keeping daily progress reports of the farm.
  • The candidate would be in charge of harvesting vegetables by hand.
  • The candidate would be responsible in culling vegetables.
  • The candidate should be responsible for keeping record information such as pesticide use and yields.
  • The candidate would be responsible for selecting and picking of produce according to size and ripeness and disregard rotting and over ripped produce.
  • The candidate would be responsible for grading, sorting and packing of produce into containers.
  • All packing and stacking duties will be performed in the field and on the farm.
  • The candidate must use hands and arms to handle product.
  • The candidate will be required to removes dry leaf debris from crop using both hands.
  • The candidate would be responsible in participating the post-harvesting stage of crops and assist in packing them securely for storage purposes.
  • The candidate should examine and inspect containers, packaging material, and product to ensure that packing specifications are met.
  • The candidate will be required to ensure that farm safety and bio-security procedures are followed.
  • The candidate must examine the quality of the product and get it ready for the market.

Job Requirements

  • The candidate should be fluent in English language.
  • There are no standard education requirements such as a bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or a diploma.
  • Previous experience in the farming industry is not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of farming best practices would be an added advantage.
  • The candidate should have good communication skill.
  • The candidate should have good physical and healthy state to perform all tasks quickly, effectively, and efficiently.
  • The candidate should be punctual.
  • The candidate should be flexible.
  • The candidate should be accountable.
  • The candidate should be authentic.
  • The candidate should give importance to values and ethics.
  • The candidate should be a good team player with enough interpersonal and judge-mental skills.
  • The candidate should be organized and flexible in nature.
  • The candidate should have excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • The candidate should have strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • The candidate should have good decision making and problem solving skills.
  • The candidate will be required to do harvesting of seedlings.
  • The candidate should be energetic with a positive attitude.
  • The candidate should be bondable and easily communicate.
  • The candidate should have a thorough Criminal record check.

Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists Specific Skills

  • The candidate will be in charge of fruit tree training.
  • The candidate would be responsible for cleaning crops.
  • The candidate should need to do regular clipping activities for plants.
  • The candidate will be required to perform regular green house cleaning activity.
  • The candidate will be required to perform suckering, weeding, grading, tying, and lowering tasks.
  • The candidate will be required to do regular seed cutting in the farm.
  • The candidate would be responsible for mixing fertilizer in correct proportions.

Apiary and Honey Harvesting Specific Skills

  • The candidate would be in charge of handling, feeding, and caring for honey bee colonies in a seasonally appropriate manner.
  • The candidate should be well-versed in apiary work.
  • The candidate will be in charge of Apiary management.
  • The candidate will be required to manage colonies of honeybees for the production of honey as well as pollination services.
  • The candidate would be responsible for harvesting honey
  • The candidate will be expected to extract honey.
  • The candidate will be expected to detect and treat bee diseases.
  • The candidate will be expected to build hives and replace combs
  • The candidate must collect and package any hive products such as honey, beeswax, and pollen.
  • The candidate will be expected to make decisions regarding yards, treatment, splits, honey harvesting, and all other aspects of beekeeping.
  • The candidate will be responsible for marketing honey products to consumers or distributors.
  • The candidate will be responsible for developing and managing queen rearing operations.
  • The candidate will be responsible for ensuring that breeding yards are kept at peak production levels.
  • The candidate will be expected to keep diseases and pests under strict control.
  • The candidate must be able to identify and report hive health issues.
  • The candidate must maintain colony records.
  • During season changes, the candidate will be required to prepare colonies for both production and wintering.
  • The candidate would be in charge of assembling beehives to the required specifications.
  • The candidate would be in charge of inserting honeycombs and introducing wild swarms into ready-made hives.

Equipment and Machinery Experience

  • The candidate should be proficient in handling farm machineries like Tractor, Farm truck etc.

Work Site Environment

  • The candidate should be willing to work in an outdoor environment for long hours, including tolerance for pests and thorns.
  • The candidate will be required to work in wet or damp, dusty, hot and cold environments.
  • Work places are completely smoke free.
  • The candidate will be required to work in an environment with a high concentration of odours.
  • The work site environment is noisy, and the candidate must be able to work with complete concentration even in such conditions.

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities

  • The candidate should be able to work in fast-paced busy environment.
  • The candidate should be willing to work under pressure
  • The candidate should be required to perform repetitive tasks on frequent basis.
  • The candidate should be prepared for doing physically challenging tasks as part of daily work.
  • The candidate should be required to handling heavy loads as part of routine work.
  • The candidate should have an eye for details.
  • The candidate must have excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • The candidate should be willing to work in sitting, standing and walking position for long hours.
  • The candidate should be willing to work for long hours in bending, crouching and kneeling positions.
  • The candidate should have ability to recognize similarities and differences between sounds
  • The candidate should have ability to distinguish between colours
  • The candidate should be willing to work in standing position for extended periods.
  • The candidate should ready to work overtime if needed.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, apply through the given options.

By email

[email protected]

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