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This is a nursery operation support person whose primary role is Pesticide spraying and Fertilizing of all Field crops, directly under the Field Operations Technician. The spray technician will give support to the Cultural Technician and Field Operations Technician. They will also be involved in all other nursery operations as priorities change throughout the growing season.
 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
 
Proper applications of all Pesticides and Fertilizers
Calibration of spray equipment
Day to day maintenance of equipment
Report problems to the Maintenance Supervisor
Know how to properly determine amounts of Pesticides and Fertilizer
Assisting in the seeding of all bareroot seedling stock (Tractor Operator)
Assisting in the transplanting of all bareroot stock and greenhouse stock (Tractor Operator)
Assisting with the planting, maintaining and cutting poplar stool beds off for production
Assists with mechanical weed control of field products (Tractor and 3 pt. hitch equipment)
Assists with irrigation set up, tear down and watering
Provides support for the cultural and operations technicians in the implementation of their duties
Assists with all field lifting operations (Tractor Operator)
Assists with management of field staff if in the event the Field Tech. or crew leader is off
Operates nursery tractors and equipment as qualified
Assisting with the root cultural program (Tractor Operator)
Up to date maps, for the Cultural Technician 
Up to date Chemical and Fertilizing records for the Field Operation Technician
Other duties as assigned
 
Requirements:
 
Has experience operating a variety of farm tractors and 3 point hitch equipment, 3 point hitch field boom sprayer, landscaping equipment and forklifts. ( Also: back pack sprayers, wipers, dobbers, mankar and inter- row sprayers) Training on the sprayers will be provided.
Know how to calibrate a number of different sprayers
Valid G class drivers licence in good standing
Growers Pesticide licence minimum
Self motivated and a staff motivator
Good communicator and listener
Good knowledge of the occupational health and safety act
Valid Standard First Aid and CPR Certificate
Good time and work management skills
Willing and able to work a variety of hours, including 10 hour days, weekends, early mornings and evenings, as required to meet the work priorities
Willing and able to work in all weather, cold, heat, snow and rain
An excellent individual and team worker
Must be willing to take courses
All courses to do the job will be up to the employee and paid by the employee. The nursery will reimburse the employee after 1 year of service if employee is still employed by the Ferguson tree nursery.
Health and Safety for Employer and Supervisors this can be done online at the nursery
Familiar with Excel spread sheets
       
Safety Hazards
General hazards associated with operations of various nursery equipment
Bending and lifting
Exposure to various agricultural and nursery specific chemicals and fertilizers
 
Wages
$18.00 - $20.00 per hour
7 months work
$150 clothing allowance after 1 consecutive year of service, if still employed with Ferguson Tree Nursery
This is a seasonal position, 40 hours per week, core hours 8-4:30 Monday to Friday with additional hours required as needed. This position is very weather dependent. March – November. Working some weekends and 10 hour days, during our peak season. 
 
Send Resume to:
Penny Lennox
General Manager
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613-297-3152
 
This is a hands on position, under the General Manager. Responsible for the co-ordination of the field production cultural needs, as well as supervising and running the warehouse.
This position is a full time 10 month position, working from Feb. to Nov. There will be jobs that will be expected to run 10 hour days and weekends.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the performance or oversight of the following:
 
Assists with the nurseries pesticide and fertilizing applications or the supervision of staff applying the pesticides and fertilizers, when Field Operations Technician away.
Provides backup for the Fields Operation Technician
Provides backup for the Greenhouse and Potting Technicians
Maintains accurate and up to date records in all areas of responsibilities
Oversees and directs staff as required
Co-ordinates and works with crew on all bareroot inventories
Seeding of all bareroot seedling stock 
                    -Running computerized seeder in field
                    -Stratification of the bareroot seed
                    -Proper seeding techniques
                    -Mapping of the seeded field
                    -Keeping species and zones separated
Transplanting of all bareroot and greenhouse stock
                    -Running transplanters
                    -Supervising Staff
                    -Proper planting techniques
                    -Mapping of transplant field
                    -Keeping species and zones separated 
Management and planting of all stool beds poplar and willow
                           -Mapping field
                           -Supervising Staff
                           -Species I.D. of cuttings
Co-ordinates cutting the poplar and willow off in field
                      -Keeping varieties of poplar and willow separated when loading on to racks
Co-ordinates poplar and willow processing in the shipping shed
                       -Counting and boxing of the cuttings for orders
                       -Keeping accurate numbers
Root Culture program: Using “J” prunner and root wrenching equipment
Assists with seed stratification and seed collection for all nursery programs, supports the Greenhouse and Seed Technician
Co-ordinates and runs shipping shed spring and fall
                   -Cold Storage Management 
                   - Loading and unloading of trucks
                   -Accurate records
                   -Receiving plant material
                   -Proper packing and storage
                   -Supervising private order packing
                   -Operate warehouse equipment
                   -Co-ordinates shipping needs with the Sales and Marketing co-ordinator
Performs other duties as assigned
Ensures all laws and nursery policies are followed
Requirements:
 
Able to operate a variety of farm and specialized equipment such as tractors, skid steers, farm implements, nursery implements and fork lifts
Must have and maintain a valid Ontario “G” class drivers licence in good standing
Minimum farmers pesticide licence, preferably MOE exterminator’s licences
Good communication skills both verbal and written
Good work skills for both independent and team task performance
Self motivated and capable of working in a fast pace environment
Good knowledge of Excel
Able to work a variety of hours performed during peak operations taken off at slow times
Good staff motivator and positive role model
Able to work 10 hr days, early mornings and weekends
All courses and licence required to do the job will be up to the employee and paid by the employee. The nursery will reimburse the employee after 1 year of service if the employee is still employed by the Ferguson Tree Nursery
Able to work in various climatic conditions including rain, snow, heat and cold
Standard First Aid and CPR
Health and Safety training for the employee and Supervisor can be done online at the nursery
Must be willing to take courses and attend seminars to update skills on a regular basis. This may require time away from home on occasions
Safety Hazards
General hazards associated with operations of various nursery equipment
Bending and lifting
Exposure to various agricultural and nursery specific chemicals and fertilizers
Wages and Benefits
Wage is $20 per hour 
Company health and insurance plan
RRSP match up to 5% after one year of service with the Ferguson Tree Nursery
Clothing allowance $150 per season
Employee is responsible for LTD payments that are deducted at source
Extra hours can be banked and took off at straight time after peak season or can be paid out
Send Resume to:
Penny Lennox
General Manager
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613-297-3152
Under the direction of the Cultural Technician, organizes the packing of tree orders by:
 
Working with the cultural Technician assists with the overall management of the shipping shed
Providing packing crew leadership and guidance to ensure the proper packing of private orders as well as orders for truck loads
Assisting in managing paperwork
                                            
 Provides Manual Crew leadership under the direction of the Technicians and the General Manager:
 
Maintaining crew time sheets are done correctly
Providing operational direction such as but not limited to:
Proper weeding techniques and assignment of weeding locations
Proper lifting and packing techniques
Proper potting, pruning, and thinning techniques
Determine when to call lunch and breaks
Etc.
 
Lifting trees 
- labour intense job
- Pulling, lifting, grading and carrying trees to a table crew for bagging
-The job must be done efficiently and as quickly as possible
-The weather will play a huge role in this job, it could be rainy, hot or cold
-Occasionally done on piece work wages, May to April
 
Table Crew 
-Pruning and packing trees from lifters 
- Using a cleaver to prune back to 20cm 
- Pack the trees in large plastic lined paper bags for the shipment to cold storage                                      
-There may also be trucks to load. April-May
 
 Customer Service
- Working in the shipping shed
- Dealing with customers
-Packing trees into bags
 -Lifting and bending required
-Hours are different when doing this job in the spring
 -You may need to stay a little later or start a little earlier on a daily basis and work Saturdays  
 
Weeding in the fields
- Bending and working in all conditions
-This job can be very hot and dirty
- Keep in mind, the fields are large and are not the size of a garden that you may weed at home
-You may be asked to weed in the same field all day
-6-10 weeks of weeding, on hands and knees
-Hand held hoes can be used in the weed fields at some points
-Hoes with longer handles are used as well at times
-May, June, July and Aug.
 
Potting seedlings and perennial plants
- consist of placing a chosen plant in the centre of the proper size pot and adding soil
-The soil must be compressed to the right consistency
- May- June
 
Weeding in the greenhouses
- This job requires bending and lifting of trays
-The greenhouses can be hot and humid at times
- You would be weeding from the trays throughout the summer when needed
- Starting in May
 
Thinning in the greenhouses
- Requires bending and lifting trays
- You would be pulling any extra seedlings out of the trays and weeding as you thin
- Heat and humidity is high at times
- Occasionally done on piece work wages
- End of April to early June
 
Planting Poplar Stool Beds
 -Consist of sitting on a planter and placing cuttings in a planting wheel
- Good hand and eye co-ordination is a must
 -Occasionally 10 hour days starting May
 
Transplanting in the fields
- Will require riding on a planter that has a wheel turning in front of you which you load the   seedlings
- If you get motion sickness this job may not be good for you
- It could be raining or very hot
- You will be required to lift trays and do some bending on this job as well
- Eye and hand co-ordination is a must on this planter
- Occasionally 10 hour days from May – Augusta
 
Root Pruning
 -The trays of trees from the greenhouses
- This job requires repetitive lifting and bending with heavy trays
- Late August to early September
 
Hardwood seeding
- Is all done by hand on your hands and knees
- Lifting and bending is required to do this job
- May, September and October
 
Packing Trees in the greenhouses
- Is done with 2 separate teams
- Trying to get the trees graded and packaged as quickly as possible
- This job has a lot of lifting and bending
- Very labour intensive job loading and unloading trays of trees 
-Done on piece work wages
- November
 
Poplar processing 
-Requires clipping the side branches off the trees in the field
- Then the trees are cut off and brought to the ship shed for grading and boxing
-The outside portion of this job could be very cold or wet
- There is lifting and bending required for portions of this job
- Oct. – Nov.
 
Fall tree lift
- Same idea as the spring lift
- In the fall we lift more hardwoods and shrubs 
-This can cause for more grading to done on the trees
- The weather is generally wetter and colder
- The amount of work done is controlled by fall weather conditions. October-November
 
Other duties as assigned as the season progresses
 
Requirements:
 
Good communicator and listener
Self motivated and a staff motivator
Good knowledge of the occupational health and safety act
Health and Safety for Employer and Supervisors this can be done online at the nursery
Valid G class licence in good standing
Valid Standard First Aid and CPR Certificate
Good time and work management skills
Willing to work a variety of hours, including 10 hour days, weekends, early mornings and evenings, as required to meet the work priorities
An excellent individual and team worker
Capable of repeated lifting of 55lbs
Willing and able to work in all weather, cold, heat, snow and rain
 
Safety Hazards
General hazards associated with operations of various nursery equipment
Bending and Lifting
Exposure to various agricultural and nursery specific chemicals and fertilizers
 
Wages 
$15 per hour
9 months of work
March to Nov
 
Send resume to:
 
Penny Lennox
General Manager
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
613-297-3152