202-3002 32nd Ave, Vernon BC Canada V1T 2L7 info@certifiedorganic.bc.ca

Post Harvest Supervisor – Cropthorne Farm

Full-Time, Year Round Position

 

Why We’re Hiring

We are hiring for a Post-Harvest Supervisor. While time is spent planting, weeded and harvesting, the time we spend in Post-Harvest, cleaning, washing and allocating vegetables, is critical in maintaining the high quality, clean vegetable standard our farm is known for. It is one of our busiest positions as our post-harvest area is the most dynamic place on the farm. While the focus is on Post-Harvest, and supervision of staff within that area, an array of other field task such as harvesting, weeding, hoophouse prep as well as markets and farmstand tasks can round out the job.

 

About Us

Cropthorne Farm is a 24 acre, certified organic market vegetable farm located on Westham Island near Ladner, BC. We harvest every week of the year and sell our produce at 2 weekly farmers markets in Vancouver, at our farmstand, through our 3 seasonal CSA programs serving 300+ members and to top Vancouver restaurants.

We focus on annual field crops, in addition we have 4 greenhouses for summer crops as well as winter growing. We are passionate farmers who love what we do and are excited to share our knowledge with others as well as creating a strong sense of community both within our farm team and beyond into the greater community.

We believe in building healthy soil through cover cropping, crop rotation, reduced compaction and compost. Ecology and biodiversity are key. We believe healthy, nutrient rich soils create healthy, nutrient dense food.

We believe that our crew health is just as important as crop health and we are proud to be a training ground for future farmers, with many ‘alumni’ having started their own farms.

With the help of crew, family and the fertile farmland of the Fraser Delta, we are able to produce some of the best Certified Organic produce in our region.

 

About You

You have some previous supervisory and produce experience and, more importantly, you are enthusiastic about quality produce. You can lead by example; you can hustle; you are passionate about great quality, local food; you thrive in a process orientated, fast paced environment and you share Cropthorne’s values. You have strong organisational skills and have the ability to multitask. You like to work hard and get the job done, but you also recognize the need for balance in your life. You are a progressive leader willing to learn and take on new challenges and ideas. You are tuned into the small stuff: quality, detail and efficiency. You enjoy being part of a team and can communicate easily and effectively with team members.

 

The Job

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides daily feedback to Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager on the Post Harvest aspect of the farm operation.
  • Work closely with Assistant Manager, and Field Supervisor to complete daily harvest, wash and pack-out on schedule.
  • Leads the Farm Crew in Post-Harvest by example and sets pace, to ensure quality and productivity targets are met.
  • Efficiently and properly receive, wash, pack and prepare crops for distribution.
  • Is a dynamic member of the farm team, involved in many aspects of the farm, from weeding to hoophouse work to harvest.
  • Ensures that all farm operations are conducted in compliance with farm safety and food safety standards.
  • Training, supervising and recordkeeping in the post harvest area.

 

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 1 year work experience in a supervisory role
  • A minimum of 1 year of working with produce, either through grocery store or vegetable farm experience (Similar packhouse or inventory management experience may be considered)
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work fast paced and flexible for changing needs
  • Proficiency in basic veggie math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Open-minded, inclusive, and respectful.
  • Ability to give and take constructive feedback in supervisory role
  • Ability to work independently with various levels of supervision
  • Class 5 driver’s license
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of Spanish an asset
  • Physically capable of carrying out tasks which require the ability to bend for long periods of time, lift up to 20Kg.
  • Ability to commit to a flexible work schedule with some extended hours and weekend work.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all seasons and in all weather conditions.

 

For additional information on responsibilities and qualifications please view the full Post Harvest Supervisor Job Description HERE

 

Position Details

  • This is a full-time year-round position, start date is flexible with a preference by February 2023.
  • Work schedule – Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday, 36 to 45 hours/week with flexibility to permit weekend work as needed.
  • Compensation – Based on experience, in the range of $22 – $24.50 per hour plus 4% vacation plus access to farm produce and flowers.
  • Health & Wellness Benefits after 6 months of continuous employment.
  • Gear Stipend after 3 months of continuous employment.
  • Opportunities for winter learning- involvement in crop planning, attending conferences and workshops, etc
  • 2 weeks of annual vacation.
  • 5 paid sick days
  • Please note there is no on-farm housing available.

 

To Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to lydia@cropthornefarm.com February 3rd, 2023

We look forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime, if you have any questions send us an email!