2019 Summer Jobs – Student Field Crop Assistant

Job Term:                              Temporary for 16 weeks, beginning spring 2019

Salary:                                    $14.85 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week

Job Ad Closing Date:         Friday, March 8, 2019

Available Positions/Locations:

Position Focus Location Contact Person
Field Crop Pathology Ridgetown Albert Tenuta
Soil Management Ridgetown Adam Hayes
Field Crop Entomology Ridgetown Tracey Baute


Are you serious about making your mark, getting hands-on work experience and learning more about careers in the Ontario Public Service? This position will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in field crop production, research or the agricultural service sector. This position will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy of the major field crops grown in the province.



  • Assist with summer applied research and demonstration projects conducted by OMAFRA Field Crops Staff.
  • Projects focus on production practices, e.g. soil health, weed control, pest management, fertility and others.
  • Field work could include field scouting, identification and monitoring of insects, weeds and crop diseases, soil and plant sampling, and other data collection
  • Assist staff to gather existing literature and conduct new literature reviews, and develop written reports and presentation materials on key initiatives.
  • Assist in the coordination of events and programs (e.g. workshops, demonstrations, field days etc.), and set-up of field sites for events
  • Office work might include providing customer service assistance, research, data collection and database management, assisting with the production of technical information such as newsletters, updating web pages, blogs, scanning images, etc.


What we are looking for:

  • You apply your interpersonal skills to work within a multi-disciplinary team and participate in meetings
  • 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 MS Word and database management software to perform data entry, conduct analysis, prepare reports, track and compile information
  • You can work in an outdoor environment with some light physical activity involved, including light lifting
  • You work independently or as part of a team; you plan, organize and prioritize your work to meet competing deadlines
  • You are familiar with farming and crop/livestock production
  • You are willing to travel to rural locations (frequently not accessible by public transportation)


Requirements for hiring:

  • Must have a minimum Ontario G2 Driver’s Licence
  • Must be a resident of Ontario and eligible to work in Ontario
  • Must be between 16-24 years of age (up to 29 with disability) on the first day of employment.
  • 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.
  • For returning students: you may only work in the same position for two consecutive years


How to Apply:

  • 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.
  • Provide your cover letter and resume electronically in one file in any of the following formats: PDF, WORD, plain or rich-text format (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt and .rtf).
  • Please submit your application via email to saldanha@ontario.ca. On the email subject line, please indicate which position you applying for.
  • If you have any questions about applying, or if you have a disability and require accommodation to apply, please contact Gabi Saldanha at 519-674-1692 or gabi.saldanha@ontario.ca