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Nursery Crew Leader

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
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
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
$15 per hour
9 months of work
March to Nov
Send resume to:
Penny Lennox
General Manager
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