We're Hiring for the 2020 season! At Heartbeet we are excited to create meaningful employment and work experiences. We will be hiring on an ongoing basis for the 2020 growing season, applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see below the opportunities below for details.
Organic Agriculture Internship (students only)
Start date: May 1st 2020 End Date: August 31st 2020
JOB DESCRIPTION The not-for-profit Hudson Food Collective operates the Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm as a diversified organic vegetable/teaching/demonstration farm in Hudson, Qc. The position of organic agriculture intern will provide experience for a full-time student over the summer (May to August) to acquire hands on skills in all aspects of organic small-scale farm operations.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Field work: bed prep, seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning, harvesting.
Post Harvest Handling: washing, sorting, cleaning, packing, labeling all crops, inventories, organizing.
Distribution: Assisting with CSA drop-off.
Participate in organic soil management activities including mulching, soil amendments and cover cropping. (We are working with a heavy clay and are putting into place multiple practices to improve our soil texture, structure and workability).
Assist with organic certification processes and help maintain records.
Assist with irrigation system set-up, upkeep and use.
Help setting up the farm store, CSA drop-off (on farm) and special events at the farm.
Act as resource & work with farm visitors/work-exchangers at the farm.
Other duties as assigned
Participate in outreach activities including farm event, educational activities on farm, workshops, etc.
Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years (the year before the internship and the following year).
We are looking for reliable, responsible and hardworking individuals who are able to follow directions and communicate well with others.
Excellent people skills, initiative, and the ability to work well both independently and as a team are necessary.
The physical ability to work daily with hands, wrists, knees and back, to walk much of the day, to stoop, kneel, lift and twist and to lift 30 pounds regularly are required.
Interns should expect to work outside in all weather conditions.
While previous farming experience is preferred, it is not required, however it is essential that candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it demands.
Preference given to students in a related field (ie. agriculture, environment, agronomy, etc.)
Bilingualism an asset.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a full time position, 40 hours per week, for 16 weeks @ $13/hr. May 1st – August 31st, 2020. 5 days/week. 2 weeks vacation (unpaid) can be scheduled during the summer.
The farm managers do not live on the farm, but have accommodation possibilities for the farm intern if need be.
HOW TO APPLY
Send your CV and one paragraph explaining your interest and relevant experience for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org .
DUE DATE TO APPLY
March 15, early applications are prioritized
2020 Farm Co-Manager
Co-Manager Position at the Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm The Heartbeet is looking for a new farm co-manager! The Heartbeet is looking for a new farm co-manager! We are looking for somebody with significant farming and some managerial experience to co-manage the community farm for 2-4 years. In 2019 we grew for 80 CSA shares, 1 market, restaurants and 1 farm stand. This position is meant as an opportunity for somebody to deepen their experience, knowledge and understanding of running a small scale organic farm, while perpetuating the mission of the Heartbeet through coordinating educational programming and community activities. Our ideal candidates are those who plan on starting their own farm but would like to trail with an established one. Check out the job description below! You have until February 27th to apply!
About the Hudson Food Collective The Hudson Food Collective (HFC) is a non-profit organization in Hudson (Quebec). The HFC works to build knowledge, skills, and relationships around food that is ecological, healthful and just. The mission of the HFC is to foster a thriving community food system. The HFC works toward the vision of regenerative and resilient food systems.
About the Farm The Hudson Heartbeet Community Farm is a project of the Hudson Food Collective in partnership with the Town of Hudson (QC). The Heartbeet is located on municipal land and is a commercially viable farm that integrates the community in it’s activities. The vision is for the farm to provide a wide variety of organically grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs; educational opportunities to learn about organic farming; a social reinsertion program; community events; and celebrations.
About the position The production coordinator will join our current farm manager and summer interns for 2020. The production coordinator is responsible for field production during the 2020 season. The 2020 Crop plan and seed order have been completed and the successful applicant will work closely with the farm manager and interns to implement this plan, growing field crops for our 2.5 acre organic farm in Hudson, Qc. In 2019 we had 80 baskets, 1 market, restaurants and 1 stand at the self-service farm. We are looking for somebody with significant farming and some managerial experience to assist with the management of the community farm for 1-2 years. This position is meant as an opportunity for somebody to deepen their experience, knowledge and understanding of running a small scale organic farm, while perpetuating the mission of the Heartbeet. Our ideal candidate is someone who plans on starting their own farm but would like to trial with an established one. This position is open to students, priority given to those interested in a 2+ year commitment to the farm.
Production management (greenhouse production, field work, soil fertility management, integrated pest management, and harvest)
Grounds and equipment maintenance (tunnels, irrigation system, BCS Tractor, etc)
Administration (budgeting, expenses and record-keeping)
Distribution (supplying the restaurants, market days, weekly baskets, farm store)
Managing the farm intern(s) and work exchangers
Bring the perspective of the daily farm reality to longer-term farm development planning processes
In addition to the farm manager role; participate in Hudson Food Collective responsibilities such as staff meetings, hiring committees, event planning, and other collaborative projects, as seasonal work load permits.
Interact with the public on the farm site.
Manage the organic certification with EcoCert Canada.
In order to apply for this position, you must meet the following requirements:
Passionate about bringing to life the Hudson Food Collective mission and values at the farm
Minimum 1 season experience in diversified organic vegetable production
Experience leading small teams with diverse levels of experience
Experience with seeing a project through from beginning to end (in an agricultural or non-agricultural setting)
Oral bilingualism a strong asset (French & English)
Please include in your application which of the following interests, skills and experiences you have. Experience may be acquired through educational, lived experience, volunteer experiences or paid employment.
Understanding of the basics of organic vegetable production management (crop planning, fertilization, field prep, irrigation, etc)
Experience with agricultural production on an area greater than 1-acre.
Experience operating and maintaining farm machinery and equipment (tractors, rototillers, seeders, vehicles)
Experience within the community sector or with consensus-based decision making
Experience with administrative elements of farm management, including budgeting.
Experience with volunteer coordination in an agricultural setting
Well-developed understanding of food politics, food sovereignty and how they relate to small-scale agriculture.
Ability to leverage opportunities, innovate and hold a global vision of the farm.
Attention to details and workplace safety.
Willingness to lead by example while engaging in physical labour and working outdoors in all types of weather.
At ease with working under pressure while maintaining a supportive atmosphere for volunteers and colleagues.
Contract Details This is a full-time paid position starting on or before April 1st 2020; we are somewhat flexible on the start date. Salary commensurate with experience of the applicant. There is an unpaid training and planning period in March (you can have another job or engagement during this time) but otherwise it is a paid position from the 1st of April until the end of November. The hours vary depending on the time of year, meaning you will be required to work more than 40h per week during peak season, and less in the late fall but you will be paid based on a 40h work week for the duration of the contract. There is also a possibility for bonuses based on performance. We ask for a minimum commitment of the full growing season, and candidates who are interested in a longer-term commitment (2 – 4 years) will be preferred. Please note that commuting to the farm daily (from April to November) may be time consuming for those who do not live near Hudson. Start date (full time): April 1st 2020 (With planning responsibilities and training in March) How to apply: To apply, please send a CV and cover letter detailing your relevant experience and interest in the position to the farm email at email@example.com. The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 27th at midnight. Candidates chosen for the interview process will be contacted for an appointment in Hudson. For more information on the farm you can consult the website at hudsoncommunityfarm.com. You can reach us at 519-703-2605 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or clarifications.
Due date to apply February 27th, 2020
Work Exchange Program and Volunteer Opportunities **We are accepting applicants for the 2020 season**
Would you like to be involved in the Heartbeet in a different way? Consider our Work Exchange or Volunteering your time/services.