Inspiring You to get Excited about your Food

Field Worker Job Description

*Positions filled for 2024*


Baseline Qualifications

  • Legally able to work in Canada
  • Preference given to those with prior vegetable farming experience
  • Our work is physically and mentally demanding, with long hours outdoors in all weather. Great stamina, and in particular strong back and knees are essential.
  • Ability to lift 50lb regularly


Our Daily Work

Most tasks require quality work at a quick pace, often under pressure:

  • Planting, harvesting and washing/packing vegetables
  • Pest control, weeding & irrigation
  • Greenhouse and tunnel work
  • Poultry chores
  • Endless problem-solving
  • Hosting CSA distributions weekly June-Oct


Key Assets

  • Experience with farming or other outdoor, physical work
  • Quick hands & commitment to improving task efficiency
  • Ability to absorb and integrate detailed instruction and feedback

  • Positive & collaborative attitude

  • Strong observation skills

  • Adaptability to roll with rapidly shifting task priorities 

Hours & Remuneration

We are an Ontario Living Wage certified employer 

  • $20/hr starting wage, 6-7.5mth contract May-Oct/Nov

  • 40-50 hr/wk Mon-Fri, typically 6am-4pm June-Aug. (Occasional weekend work for chores and special events)
  • 1 wk holidays paid at 75%
  • 1-2 professional development days
  • plenty of vegetables & eggs for personal consumption.

 As our team is small and everyone is essential, commitment to a full season of work is required. 

Special Assets

  •  Infrastructure & General Handy-skills: We are looking for at least 1 staff to have significant experience and skill with tools & equipment: power tool proficiency, basic construction & structural repairs, general fix-it and mechanical prowess. While this position would be primarily a field work position, it would also involve responsibility for repairs and maintenance of infrastructure including greenhouses, irrigation, cooler, tractor implements etc.
  • Tractor Experience: In-row cultivation & other tasks incl spreading compost & row marking with our Farmall 140. Implement adjustments & basic mechanical aptitude.


Send resume and a letter outlining your relevant work and farming experiences, as well as your motivations for working with us to: 
Applicants from members of BIPOC & LGBTQ+ communities are welcome. 


Please note: While we don't provide on-farm housing, St. Agatha and West Waterloo are within reasonable biking distance, and we are only 10-20 mins drive from town.

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Fertile Ground Farm is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.