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The Front Yard Flower Co. is seeking staff for its urban flower farm in Richmond, BC!

 

The Front Yard Flower Co. is an emerging 3-acre small scale flower farm based out of the scenic fishing hamlet of Steveston, located in Richmond, BC. This unique farm is one of a kind in Metro Vancouver growing fresh, spray free flowers for farmers markets, bouquet subscriptions, wholesale, DIY Botanical Buckets, and custom bouquet orders. The Front Yard Flower Co.’s mission is to provide high quality locally grown flowers that can inspire joy and wonder in the natural world and our goal eventually is to provide a boutique on-farm experience where guests can see first-hand what a working flower farm looks like.

 

We are seeking to fill one position this late summer season to keep the farm moving forward. We have been expanding every year and this is our biggest move yet, so we need to have an awesome, upbeat, positive and hard-working individual to keep moving things forward!

 

FULL-TIME FIELD CREW/MARKET

We are hiring for one full-time position for field work and to oversee the markets on Saturdays and Sundays from now until the end of October. There will likely be an opportunity to stay on for longer into the fall season. This is a fun opportunity to get your hands dirty, work hard to produce some of the most beautiful and freshest flowers around and to balance that out with retail on the weekends at two busy Vancouver Farmer’s markets. We are looking for those who have agricultural, horticultural and/or retail experience however, those with a keen interest in the local cut flower trade will be considered as well.

 

START DATE DETAILS

The position as soon as possible, Wednesday to Sunday with market dates at various locations in Vancouver. The rate of pay will be dependant on experience plus 4% vacation pay and 5 days of paid sick leave after 90 days of employment. Hours of work a week may vary between 30-40 hours.

 

START TIME

The start time will vary from 7-7:30 am if we continue to have warm days to 8:30-9 am as we move further into the fall season.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Harvest flower and herb crops properly and efficiently according to instruction

  • Prepare materials for harvest days (water buckets, elastic bands, snips, etc.)

  • Preparations for farmers market days (ie. making bouquets, organizing and sorting flowers)

  • Other field tasks as required (weeding, planting, seeding, general farm upkeep and organization)

  • Able to work alone effectively and efficiently unsupervised

  • Able to work early mornings and in all weather conditions from heat to cold with a good attitude

  • Work a farmer’s market stall on Saturdays (West End) and Sundays (Mt. Pleasant), which requires some retail and customer service experience, and attention to detail

  • Must be able to work Wednesdays to Sundays

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Keen interest in learning about or experience in working with flowers (horticultural, landscaping, floral, etc.)

  • Previous farm experience is an asset but not required

  • Highly motivated and able to work efficiently and effectively

  • Physically able to lift and move heavy things (around 25kg at the most)

  • Motivated and can work efficiently

  • Punctual and ready to work with a good attitude in all types of weather (rain, heat, cold, mud)

  • Works well in a team environment and on solo tasks

  • Able to follow detailed instructions in a timely fashion

  • Ability to pay attention to details and high quality of work

  • Adaptable in quickly changing situations with good problem-solving skills

  • Excellent customer service skills, retail experience is an asset

  • Creative thinker with a passion for flowers, good design, and sharing your knowledge of locally grown flowers with others

  • Must have reliable vehicle access to the farm in Richmond as we are a bit of a distance from the nearest bus stop

There will be opportunities to take home farm fresh flowers! Farm work is tough work but can be physically and mentally rewarding with copious amounts of fresh air, surrounded by beauty with good people all day long.

Please email your completed resume along with a little cover letter introducing yourself to Rose Dykstra at rose@thefrontyardflowerco.com. This posting will be open until the position is filled, only successful applicants will be contacted regarding the position.

I'm looking forward to meeting someone special that can help carry the farm into the fall season and potentially beyond! Thank you for your application in advance!

Best,

Rose