Summer student positions available at Vineland!

Picture of a student in a greenhouse.

This could be you this summer!

Are you a student who is interested in getting experience in Greenhouse Floriculture or IPM?  Then we’ve got a position for you!  We are looking for a motivated, hard working student with a great attitude to come work with us this summer.  Ideally you would have some experience working with plants or insects, and be able to work well both as part of a team and alone.  If this sounds like you, check out the job ad below to see if you qualify.

Our horticulture colleagues are also looking for students, so if grapes or tender fruits are more up your alley that’s great too. Applications for all positions are due January 29th.  If you are interested, please send your resume to Carolyn at the address listed below.

Job Ad:

Student – Horticulture and Greenhouse Crops Field Technician
Organization: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Division/Branch: Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch
Position Title: Student – Summer Research Assistant
Job Term: Temporary (6 positions) for up to 18 weeks
Location: OMAFRA Vineland Resource Centre, Vineland, Ontario (Niagara County, on the south shore of Lake Ontario, 1 hour south of Toronto)
Salary: $11.85 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week

Are you serious about making your mark, getting hands-on work experience and learning more about careers in the Ontario Public Service?  These positions at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Vineland Resource Centre will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in horticulture production and pest management. These positions will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy of horticulture crops grown in the province.


  • Assist with summer research and demonstration projects conducted by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Horticulture Technology and Greenhouse Crops Staff.
  • Activities will include the set-up and maintenance (pruning or training vines, planting, etc.) of research plots focused on production practices, soil health, pest management, invasive insects and fertility etc. Collection/entering of data and preparation of written reports. Training will be provided on research methods, technology transfer, and working in the public sector
  • Collecting, archiving and organizing digital photos of key growth stages and major pests of horticultural crops such as grapes, tree fruit and greenhouse flowers
  • Field work may include farm tours, field scouting, identification and monitoring of insects, weeds and crop diseases, collecting soil samples, and downloading data.
  • Assist staff with the collection and analysis of on-farm samples and data for research projects.
  • Assist staff to conduct literature reviews and develop written reports and presentation materials on key initiatives and industry issues.
  • Assist in the coordination of events and programs (e.g. workshops, demonstrations, field days etc.) working with key stakeholders and clients in delivery of programs and information.
  • Office work may include assisting with the production of technical information such as newsletters, updating web pages, blogs, scanning images, etc.

Please review the qualifications for this position. What we are looking for: 

  • You apply your interpersonal skills to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • You apply your observational skills and attention to detail to conduct research, field monitoring and data entry
  • You apply your written communication skills to prepare a variety of documents (e.g. reports, factsheets, and articles).
  • You are familiar with computer based software applications including Microsoft Office and database management software to perform data entry, conduct analysis, prepare reports, track and compile information
  • You can work in an outdoor environment with physical activity involved including some light to moderate lifting
  • You can work with a microscope to identify insects and other specimens.
  • You work independently or as part of a team; you plan, organize and prioritize your work to meet competing deadlines
  • You are familiar with horticulture plant and crop production and/or entomology
  • You are willing to travel to rural locations (frequently not accessible by public transportation)


  • You must have a minimum Ontario G2 Driver’s Licence
  • You must demonstrate how you meet the eligibility criteria, skills and experience we are looking for clearly, completely and concisely. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  • You must be a resident of Ontario on the first day of employment.
  • You must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • You must be between 15-24 years of age (up to 29 with disability) on the first day of employment.
  • You must be currently enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary school, or have completed all academic requirements for graduation within 6 months of first day of employment.

How to Apply:

  • You must provide your cover letter and resume electronically in one file to in any of the following formats: PDF, WORD, plain or rich-text format (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt and .rtf).  Or you could provide your cover letter and resume on paper to:

Carolyn Prieur
Vineland Resource Centre
4890 Victoria Avenue N, Box 8000
Vineland Station, Ontario L0R 2E0
Tel: 905-562-1631
Fax: 905-562-5933

If you have a disability and require accommodation to apply please contact

Posting Date: January 8, 2016
Closing Date: January 29, 2016


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