Hiring Lead Grower for Container Farm - Elk Valley Branch

Position: Lead Grower – Fernie Container Farm
Deadline to apply: July 15th, 2022
Compensation: $20-25/hour
Scope: Part-time – 20+ hours/week
Target Start Date: Late Sept 2022
Location: Fernie, BC


Wildsight Elk Valley – Lead Grower – Hydroponic Container Farm

Are you passionate about food, your community, and the environment?  If so, consider joining our team as Wildsight Elk Valley is looking for a Lead Grower for our new social enterprise, the Fernie Container Farm at the EcoGarden in Fernie, BC. This position requires a self-motivated, dynamic individual to work 20-hours a week. This part-time contract position pays $20-25 per hour, depending on experience and starts late September 2022. Applicants must be BC residents that can legally work in Canada and reside in the Elk Valley.


Job Summary

The Lead Grower at the Fernie Container Farm will be responsible for the hydroponic production of leafy greens in a controlled environment container farm. Reporting to the Farm Manager, the Lead Grower will be responsible for the operation of the hydroponic container farm – including seeding, transplanting, harvesting, cleaning, packing, and distribution. The Lead Grower will be passionate about hydroponic growing and plants. They will be an energetic, forward-thinking, and creative individual with high standards and good judgment. The position will start with a 2-week training at a container farm in Whitehorse, Yukon with the installation of the Fernie Container Farm taking place in October.


Job Responsibilities

  • GROWING – day-to-day operation, preparing growing matter, seeding, germination processes, and transferring seedlings.
  • PLANNING – all aspects of plant production including: crop planning, nutrient & seed inventory and supply management.
  • MAINTAINING – clean and maintain the equipment and site. Utilize farm automation software that provides access into the farming container operations.
  • MONITORING – Testing and monitoring ideal set points for temperature, humidity, water pH and nutrient concentration, as well as watering and lighting schedules for crops utilizing automated system controls.
  • HARVESTING – preparing crops for distribution e.g. trimming, washing. Verify quality of products.
  • PACKAGING – fulfilling orders, weighing and packaging products, cleaning and tracking reusable containers. 
  • DISTRIBUTION – load product and help with order deliveries. Sort orders by delivery day and route. Coordination of product delivery to schools, food bank, restaurants and Local.
  • SAFETY – Perform all tasks while upholding high safety and food safety standards.
  • COMMUNICATING – Utilize Basecamp project management software to communicate with colleges. Co-produce timely, and engaging of social media and other online content.
  • TEAMWORK – Work in a team environment and collaborate effectively with youth, managers, and volunteers. Review plant production plans and report observations including plant abnormalities and hydroponic unit issues and with Farm Manager.
  • MANUAL LABOR – including standing the entire shift, repetitive hand tasks, gripping, pinching, pulling, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, reaching, and twisting, working in a warm hydroponic environment on a daily basis. Ability to consistently lift 20-40 lbs


Personal Competencies

  • Passion for local, sustainable food and community
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Computer literate
  • Committed environmental ethic
  • High attention to detail in an evolving, fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated capacity for self-directed and unsupervised work
  • Past experience in controlled environment agriculture is not a requirement. Experience growing crops, either hydroponically and/or traditionally is a plus. Knowledge of basic agricultural growing practices, hydroponics, previous project management experience, work with social enterprise is an asset.


How to Apply

Wildsight is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our hiring processes and work environment and we encourage women, people of colour, people of indigenous ancestry and LGBTQ2+ individuals to apply for this position.

Deadline to apply is July 15th, 2022. We will respond via email to all applicants by July 20th, 2022.

Please send your resume (maximum 2 pages) and cover letter (maximum 1 page) to elkvalley@wildsight.ca


Organizational Background

The Elk Valley Branch of Wildsight is an BC registered non-profit organization, governed by an engaged Board of Directors and supported by active members and volunteers. Our work aims to promote environmental stewardship and conservation in our community. 

Food security, access to locally produced food and food-growing space are priorities for the Elk Valley Branch. Our passionate volunteers built and manage the Community EcoGarden, the Cold Climate Seed Library, ToolShare and recently launched a social enterprise store, Local, which aims to support community-powered food. The Fernie Container Farm will be operated as a social enterprise. We work together with Wildsight Regional and the five other Wildsight branches.

Wildsight’s vision is to inspire a shared community desire to protect our natural world for future generations. We envision extensive and connected wild spaces for wildlife—from grizzly bears to woodpeckers to trout. We envision clean air and clear water running from mountain watersheds to our lakes. We see thriving and sustainable communities made up of engaged and educated citizens.