Farm Hand Position with City Beet Farm 2021 Growing Season 

About the Farm 

City Beet Farm is a small-scale urban farm located in Mount Pleasant, Riley Park, and Southlands in Vancouver. We grow vegetables and cut-flowers on 13 sites made up of front and backyards. We use mostly hand tools and ecological farming practices that improve the long-term health of the soil. We work alongside many neighbours and our relationship with the local community is very important to us. We sell our produce and flowers through our weekly CSA, pop-up markets and select grocers. We look forward to sharing knowledge and providing a collaborative and supportive work environment. It's City Beet's ninth season but its first season with the current ownership, so it's an exciting time to get onboard!  

Job Description

Our farm hand will be involved in all aspects of our business from seeding to selling. You will work alongside us during the season with tasks such as weeding, bed prep, transplanting, seeding, harvesting, processing, market prep and other daily jobs at the farm. We may have volunteers and community members help out during the season, so the ability to take a leadership role and provide direction for volunteers is an asset. We'll get an early start most days, and our CSA pickup is on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:30 pm.

Job Details

Position: Farm Hand (one or two positions)

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours/ week, starting last week of May or first week of June through October. Depending on funding and what works for all involved, there is also the possibility one position being part-time. 

Compensation: $19.5/hr 

Eligibility: This position is partially funded by Canada Summer Jobs, so the Farm Hand must be 30 years of age or younger, and legally entitled to work in Canada. 

Desired Attributes

We are looking for someone with previous farming experience and an interest in sustainable farming, building community and local food. A good work ethic and physical fitness are key, with the desire to work and learn in all weather. We are looking for someone who can work cooperatively in a team as well as independently, and can be self motivated when it comes to completing tasks. 

The ideal farm hand would be reliable and dedicated with good communication skills and a sense of fun! We are a farm with many moving pieces and we are looking for someone who can learn our systems and work cohesively alongside us. A valid driver’s licence and experience driving with a trailer are an asset. 

This is the farm's first year under new ownership, so this is a great opportunity to learn about running the farm alongside us and be part of shaping the new City Beet! It also means some flexibility would be a great attribute for the farm hand to have as we find our rhythm together.

We strongly encourage people who are underrepresented in farming and related fields or face barriers to employment to apply, including new immigrants and refugees, applicants who have not completed high school or previously been employed, women, Indigenous youth, members of racialized communities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ youth.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Liana at info@citybeetfarm.com by May 14th, 2021. We'll conduct interviews the following week.

Thank you for your interest in City Beet Farm!