Overview

TruNorth is a mushroom/plant-medicine foraging and processing business based in Goulais River, ON. Our customers come to us for the high-quality, safe, wild-harvested variety we maintain. TruNorth is committed to forest conservation and regeneration, emphasizing sustainable practices. Our deep respect and passion for the wilderness drive our efforts. We’re actively seeking team members who share our reverence for the forests and all the life they support.

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

This is a job for someone interested in learning and gaining new skills.

Our TruNorth Harvesters are our most important assets. Each new Harvester goes through the TruNorth training with an experienced supervisor, manager or owner, setting you up for success. This training supports the rigorous learning required to navigate remote forest locations effectively. Through hands-on experience, participants learn to use GPS devices, compasses, and maps. Additionally, they gain valuable insights into sustainable practices, ensuring responsible harvesting and the continued growth of species. Each Harvester will identify, locate, and sustainably harvest medicinal mushrooms and pack out heavy loads from remote locations to drop points for pick up.

Each Harvester will have the opportunity to learn our safe handling and processing methods. These will be done using sterilized equipment, such as hand tools, grinders, and mills. Everyone on the team will be responsible for daily clean-up and organization of the processing facility.

The Harvester will also contribute to our TruNorth harvest app. They track each harvested mushroom by entering essential data using GPS units, computer programs, and spreadsheets. This meticulous record-keeping ensures transparency and responsible forest management.

Having a vehicle and a G driver’s license is an asset. We will interview folks who are comfortable in the bush and physically capable of performing the tasks.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Carry heavy weight on backs while walking through forests for up to eight hours, and endure extreme weather conditions, including deep snow and cold/hot temperatures.
  • Identify desired tree stands and mushrooms grown in these areas.
  • Identify when a mushroom is ready for harvesting.
  • Recognize the different tree species on which mushrooms grow, and know which species thrive on living or dead trees.
  • Harvest responsibly, leaving enough on the tree for regrowth
  • Locate, harvest, and pack out Reishi, Chaga and other species of medicinal mushrooms from remote locations, depending on season and species.
  • Understand the best time of year for harvesting, recognize signs that a mushroom has sporulated, and other essential guides that maintain the species for future growth and genetic diversity.
  • Process mushrooms using hand tools, grinders, and mills
  • Commute to remote locations for harvesting and camp in the forest for sometimes four nights at a time

MINOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Read maps, compasses, and GPS coordinates
  • Understand the medicinal properties of Chaga and other mushrooms.
  • Equipment upkeep; cleaning, organizing, etc
  • Basic data entry into GPS units and spreadsheets

Please send your resume and references to jobs@trunorthnaturals.com. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lisa at lisaann@trunorthnaturals.com.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: $17.00-$28.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • English not required

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay

Work Location: On the road