Overview

Established in 1989, Vernon Seed Orchard Company (VSOC) is a joint venture company with West Fraser Mills Ltd., Canadian Forest Products Limited and Winton Global Lumber Limited. VSOC is a conifer seed production facility that has been dedicated to producing the highest quality seed for use in the reforestation of British Columbia’s interior crown forests for over 30 years.

Job Summary:

As the Orchard Technician you will contribute to the overall operation of the seed orchard and the production of A Class seed. In this role you will join the core VSOC team by assisting with planting, pest management, data collection, foliar and soil sampling, harvest timing and cone collection. In the role of technician, you will be responsible for supervising and mentoring summer staff during the cone harvest, encouraging young and new workers and ensuring an efficient, safe work environment. Using Microsoft Excel the technician will assist in data management and analysis which aid in decisions pertaining to orchard management.

VSOC encourages and supports employees to continuously learn and develop by offering training and learning opportunities (courses, conferences etc.) to further their knowledge and grow professionally. VSOC is committed to the health and safety of its employees with a comprehensive training and safety program.

If you are a new professional looking to grow your career and be part of a dynamic, innovative team, this may be the role for you!

Job Requirements:

· Technical diploma in Forestry, Agriculture, Horticulture or other related field, or 3 years related experience

· Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word

· Class 5 Drivers License and a clean driving record

Preference may be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following;

· Conifer seed production

· Integrated Pest Management practices

· Data collection and quality control

· Knowledge of plant physiology

· Supervisory experience

· Operation of farm equipment (tractors, excavator, mowers)

Willingness to obtain:

· First Aid Level 1

· Seed orchard pesticide applicator certification

· WHIMIS

· Driving abstract

Please refer to the Orchard Technician Job Profile document for specific job duties and accountabilities – www.vsoc.ca/employment
A cover letter and resume are required to apply for this job.
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly demonstrates how their qualifications would help them succeed in this position.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: From $30.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Casual dress
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off
  • Vision care
  • Wellness program

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Do you have a diploma in horticulture, forestry, agriculture, or a related discipline?
  • Do you have a valid Class 5 drivers license?
  • The hours for this position are mainly Monday-Friday. However, during peak periods some weekend or evening work may be required. Are you available to work some evenings or weekends?

Experience:

  • supervisory: 1 year (preferred)

Work Location: In person