Job Opportunities at Aurora Farm

Deadline for application to all positions: March 31st – Deadline Extended due to World Turmoil

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for at least two references to info@aurorafarm.ca.

Please note: We will be contacting references so please let your references know.

We will respond by email, so include your email address. We expect to receive many applications, so please know that we appreciate you taking the time to consider becoming part of our team.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

At Aurora Farm, our goal is to support a diverse and representative culture in our workplace. We recognize the imbalance of women, Indigenous people and People of Colour within the agricultural sector. While we encourage candidates with any physical restrictions, please feel free to discuss our own limitations in terms of accessibility to all parts of the farm as well as our plans to create a truly barrier-free workplace. All candidates will be considered.

Background Statement:

Aurora Farm is a 160 acre crop, livestock and education business modelling best practices in environmental sustainability including full solar power, large scale composting, water collection/ management, wetland reconstruction, reforestation, large gardens, organic crop, wildcrafting, animal management, aviary, apiary and more. Our core products are goat-milk soap and natural care products, alpaca products, food box with honey and eggs, education/workshop/tours/private bookings. Each of these areas offers specific business opportunities for technological, engineering, building and/or science students. As a small holistic business, each area must create a revenue stream so that a business element is always present. The successful applicant(s) could be a university student majoring in any one of these areas with a strong focus on environmental excellence and work in a supported creative position. As in many models of environmental businesses, the working environment is collaborative, research-oriented with immediate practical application. As Aurora Farm is open to the public each weekend, the successful applicant(s) will be able to engage the public in general discussions about these topics, in creating and running specific workshops, in creating and implementing an eco-tour and by connecting with school curriculum.

Located on Treaty One territory and home of the M├ętis Nation, Aurora Farm is well-suited to include initiatives and programs that highlight Indigenous cultural practice from a view of environmental sustainability. We have already made several major commitments to that effect. We are caretakers of three young mares of the endangered Lac La Croix or Ojibway Horses. We have been growing three-sisters and seven-sisters gardens for many years now, highlighting early local Indigenous agriculture. We are a host location for a traditional sweat lodge run by Una Truscott of Manitoba Moon Voices. We feel that each of these areas can be developed and contribute to our overall education and community engagement mandate. As Aurora Farm is open to the public each weekend, we wish to engage the public in general discussions about these topics, in creating and running specific workshops, in creating and implementing an eco-tour and by connecting with school curriculum.

Position 1 – Farm Sustainability Infrastructure and Education Co-ordinator:

– Assess all existing systems/infrastructure
– Propose and undertake repairs, modifications, additions to existing systems/infrastructure
– Explore new infrastructure opportunities
– Participate in business planning to create a new revenue stream
– Develop and pilot eco-tours of the farms to various community and tourism experts
– Consult with education curriculum to create tours for all school levels
– Create and run hands-on workshops on small-scale projects for homeowners and homesteaders
– Participate in general farm chores, production days, harvest days, etc. to gain a breadth of the operations and to increase teamwork capacity in high intensive work periods.

Position 2 – Indigenous Sustainability and Education Co-ordinator

– Research and document existing Indigenous cultural practices currently present at Aurora Farm: Ojibway Horses, Three-Sisters and Seven-Sisters Gardens, Sweatlodge and other ceremonies, Medicinal herb growing and harvesting.
– Assist in the planting and care of Three Sisters Garden
– Research, propose and implement other Indigenous agriculture practices
– Assist in developing and running a pilot project geared toward Indigenous youth, school programs
– Connect with other Indigenous groups who may be interested in collaborating
– Document all projects and create image/text content to be used on website, social media, on-site signage
– Review “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations and suggest other initiatives that could be undertaken in on-going farm planning

Position 3 – Garden, Greenhouse and Food Box Co-ordinator

Aurora Farm has been growing approximately one acre of food, herb, fruit trees and berries and running a Food Box program for 6 years. At this time, we wish to expand the productivity and scale of this program to bring it in line with goals to increase revenue and contribute more towards local food security. The position will be an integrated team member working with the existing gardens and increasing the gardening areas throughout the front end 10 acre site. This site is open to the public and includes a naturalized wetland, dugout, medicinal gardens, Manitoba maple grove, fruit trees and berry bushes. The successful applicant(s) will be able to work on all aspects of the garden and site management including soil testing and improving, compost management, test plots of various styles of raised beds, hugelkultur, forest gardening, marsh gardening and expanding existing row gardens. The small greenhouse is a year-round space for growing perennial vegetables, herbs, sprouts and bedding plants. Daily and weekly harvest plans will be co-ordinated with Food Box and on-site sales with remaining harvest being frozen, canned, dried and/or donated to local food banks. The co-op student will also be able to work with other aspects of the farm especially including the hens, dairy goats, honey bees as they connect to the Food Box program.

– Test soil in all existing and new plots. Review results, create amendment plan and carry out the results.
– Manage all greenhouse seedlings from seeding, hardening-off, planting out, monitoring starts and direct seeding
– Manage watering schedule, train other team members as back-up support and direct all watering
– Monitor and manage all developing plants for mulching, structure, pest management, bird and other wildlife protection
– Document all gardens and create image/text content for gardens to be used on website, social media, on-site signage
– Participate in all educational programs to include garden tours, high school work bees, workshops and private bookings
– Participate in Summer Youth Camps and day programs

The Ideal Candidate for any of these jobs has many of these following characteristics:

– Prior experience working on a farm, particularly in a ecological/ organic farm operation
– Interested, knowledgeable and passionate about sustainable farming and living
– Self-motivated and able to take charge to get a task done if they see something that needs doing
– Is a creative problem solver
– Is able to perform repetitive tasks
– Physically able to perform tasks including bending, lifting, kneeling, standing
– Is able to work in a variety of weather conditions: very hot, windy, rainy, cold
– Is able to follow direction, ask questions, and complete tasks efficiently
– Able to communicate with co-workers openly and honestly
– Works well with others
– Has a good understanding of the scope of the job as described above
– Likes working with and is knowledgeable with plants, animals, and community
– Able to communicate a vision and help people learn simple tasks
– Has a good familiarity with social media
– Has good verbal and written communication
– Additional language/s are an asset
– Has a valid drivers licence and access to a vehicle for commute to farm

Training

We are developing a combination of the online training available through ECO Canada as well as our own specific training. Some of our training will occur on-farm within the first week of work. As work changes throughout the season, training is considered ongoing consisting of daily morning team meetings after accomplishing our basic morning chores. Over the past 14 years, we have trained many summer staff, WWOOFer’s, volunteers and new staff. We may organize specific training session such as first aid. Staff may also choose to participate in our education programs such as our Three Day Goat School, Backyard Chickens, etc. These workshops will be offered to staff with no charge though they will be considered unpaid time. Vacation-time may be requested up to 2-weeks prior to days-off and is at the discretion of the General Manager. Please allow for as much notice as possible.

All jobs requires personal workwear clothing, adequate workbooks and gloves. Please ask for clarification when in doubt.

Please see additional employment standards specific to agriculture:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/standards/doc,guide-agriculture,factsheet.html