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Inventory - Casual - Greenhouse & Growth Chamber Worker

Reference number: AGR23J-131895-000023
Selection process number: 23-AGR-ON-EA-STB-31714
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Harrow (Ontario)
Casual employment only (90 working days)
$28.56 to $31.03 per hour

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Closing date: 29 March 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

This is a continuous intake Inventory and you only need to apply once to be considered for multiple job opportunities! The application and assessment process will be quite simple! For the application process simply upload your résumé and answer a few questions. After the application phase if we think you are a good fit for one of our available positions the next step will likely be an informal meet and greet, however this could vary depending on the position being staffed. Don’t worry, even if your application is not selected for one job, your application remains in the inventory and can be selected again for the entire duration that the inventory remains open. Additionally, you can go back and update your résumé or responses to the application questions at any time.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.


Under the direction of the Greenhouse Operations manager/ Lead Supervisor of the Greenhouse, the Greenhouse and Growth Chambers worker coordinates, implements and maintains agricultural operations in greenhouses or growth chambers of the Harrow Research and Development Centre.

The Worker cares for plants and operates equipment in a greenhouse or growth chamber and provides routine maintenance as needed. The Worker is part of a dynamic and diversified team that supports innovative agricultural research programs focusing on a broad range of topics, such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), crop breeding and genomics, plant physiology, plant pathology, pesticide minor use (PMU) and Canadian Clonal Gene bank (CCGB).

Duties include:
• Plant care (seeding, watering, fertilizing, staking and tying, layering, monitoring diseases and pests, IPM, harvesting, etc.)
• Monitoring and adjusting environmental parameters
• Application of biological control agents and chemical pesticides
• Cleaning and disinfecting growth cabinets and greenhouses
• Preparing growing mediums and potting
• General housekeeping
• Performing preventive and minor repairs on equipment
• Use of horticulture equipment
• Assisting in research experiments
• Other duties

Work environment

This is an ON-SITE Greenhouse & Growth Chamber worker position with occasional outdoor work duties supporting the various research programs as a part of Greenhouse Crew located at the Harrow Research and Development Centre (in Harrow, Ontario).

Usual Hours of Work: 8:00 to 4:30 Monday to Friday (may change in summer months - compensated overtime may be required).

Intent of the process

We are seeking to fill up to three, part-time or full time CASUAL (90-working-day) contracts with start dates as soon as possible (or as soon as Human Resources documents can be completed).

This process is for casual employment only which is a temporary employment of 90 workings days or less in a calendar year.

The purpose of this poster is to create and maintain a continuous-intake inventory of résumés.

Applications will be pulled from the inventory on a regular basis in order to fill immediate needs.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation from an accredited high school.

Degree equivalency

Experience in agriculture and crops grown in a controlled environment.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Education - Asset:
Possession of post-secondary training in any agricultural/greenhouse related field is an asset.

Degree equivalency

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Action Oriented and willing to take initiative.

Ability to work with other people and/or independently.
Ability to demonstrate computer literacy in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Possession of a valid, class G Ontario driver’s license, or other provincial/territorial equivalency.
Willing to work indoors, usually hot and humid conditions with presence of Crop pests, disease and their control agents.
Willing to occasionally work outdoors.
Willing to work overtime.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Only on-line applications through the jobs.gc.ca website will be accepted. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under “Contact Information”.

When applying on-line applicants can:
- create a profile and resume that can be used when applying for other processes
without having to recreate a new application each time;
- update their applications at any time;
- verify the status of their application at any time;
- find important information related to the process.

If you have an enquiry about your 'Applicant Profile', please contact the Public Service Commission directly for assistance.

Please identify the following on your application: substantive group and level if applicable; employment status; Personal Record Identifier (PRI).

There is a questionnaire that is part of this application process. Most questions are in a yes/no format, however, some will require additional details. Provide as much detail as possible to avoid being screened out. Do not copy and paste your resume when answering these questions. Your resume will be used for additional support for the answers you provide.

Communication for this inventory will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this inventory should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

All communication relating to this inventory, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and
weaknesses of the work team;
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the
position being staffed;
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience;
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

There will be a security screening process prior to being hired that will include a criminal record check (fingerprinting) and credit check.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Caroline Boehme, Human Resources Advisor
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