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Now Hiring– Horticulture Research Assistant

POST DATE: January 24th, 2022

CLOSING DATE: February 25th, 2022

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: NOHFC Internship – 1 Year

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@ssmic.com by February 25th, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) is seeking a qualified individual for leading activities, conducting
research, and developing growing systems for sustainable horticulture production in northern Ontario. The
intern would be integral is supporting the development of indoor growing systems to support the growth of the
northern horticulture sector. The intern would also be involved in horticulture research projects that seek to
address northern producer needs. The individual hired would be employed with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation
Centre, under the direction of David Thompson, Manager of the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN).

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Creating a small indoor hydroponics system for horticulture production that would be set up to explore automation technologies
  • Conducting horticulture research projects with relevant partners that seek to address northern producer needs to further expansion of the sector
  • Planning a larger hydroponics system for horticulture production for future implementation
  • Research and development of automation technologies for horticulture production
  • Developing training resources
  • Assisting the rural Agri-innovation Network (RAIN) team with activities related to “Buy Algoma, Buy Local” and other fields activities for RAIN research projects

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • University or college graduate who has graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. The candidate must be a graduate of a post-secondary degree or diploma program. The position will be a first full-time employment in the candidate’s field of study
  • Preference to candidates that have completed or are completing a Diploma or Degree in a related field (Agriculture, Horticulture, Environmental Sciences)
  • Horticulture experience in gardening and/or indoor growing
  • Technology experience with programming and configuration of computer hardware is an asset.
  • Experience using social media scheduling software, experience with planning events, attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Computer proficiency with MS Office

For more information about the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and the Rural Agri-Innovation
Network please visit: https://www.ssmic.com/rural-agri-innovation-network

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to careers@ssmic.com by February
25, 2022


This opportunity is proudly supported by: nohfc

NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS:
Confidentiality of all applicants assured. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted and we
thank all other applicants for their interest.


The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre welcomes a diverse workforce. As a non-for-profit organization,
we are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. If you
require any accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.


As a condition of hire, all new employees will be required to provide proof of vaccinations against
COVID 19. Any request for an exception under Human Rights legislation must be supported by
evidence to be considered by Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre on a case-by-case basis.
Please click here to review conditions that may qualify for medical exemption to the COVID-19
vaccine.


Now Hiring– Product Development Lead

POST DATE: January 24th, 2022

CLOSING DATE: February 25th, 2022

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: 1 Year Contract (Full-time)

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@ssmic.com by February 25th, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) department is seeking a
Product Development Lead to support UpNorth Foods.


UpNorth Foods seeks to build relationships with northern producers to source ingredients and develop
food products in northern Ontario. UpNorth Foods’ mission is to produce high-quality food products
from northern food producers to strengthen northern communities.


We are seeking a dynamic individual who is passionate about local food and agriculture in northern
Ontario. This unique opportunity will allow the ideal candidate to work within a team while fuelling
their entrepreneurial spirit. The key responsibilities of Product Development Lead position include:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitate product development and food processing duties in a kitchen environment
  • Work with a team to create and test new recipes and trial product enhancements
  • Build and maintain the UpNorth Foods brand story
  • Participates in all aspects of production of product including labelling and packaging
  • Looks for opportunities to lower production cost and increase production output
  • Develop relationships with local farmers, suppliers, retailers, and restaurants
  • Represent UpNorth Foods at events and farmers’ markets for in-person sales
  • Manage online promotion through Shopify website, email, and social media
  • Work independently while voicing ideas, concerns, and solutions to the team
  • Arrange shipping and delivery of product to customers.
  • Carry out standard operating procedures (SOPs) and complying with public health standards
  • Inspect ingredients/equipment and keep a clean kitchen to maintain quality standards
  • Demonstrate excellent record keeping and accountability

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in leading a team in kitchen prep, catering and/or food service (agility using and documenting culinary techniques and following recipes)
  • Experience in purchasing and budgeting
  • An entrepreneurial and creative spirit
  • A strong interest in local food (particularly in northern Ontario)
  • Experience in branding, sales, and social media marketing
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Self-motivated to make meaningful contributions in a high-performing team environment
  • Proficiency using MS Office
  • Ontario Food Handler certification
  • Drivers license and access to a vehicle

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to careers@ssmic.com by February
25, 2022


NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS:
Confidentiality of all applicants assured. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted and we
thank all other applicants for their interest.


The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre welcomes a diverse workforce. As a non-for-profit organization,
we are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. If you
require any accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.


As a condition of hire, all new employees will be required to provide proof of vaccinations against
COVID 19. Any request for an exception under Human Rights legislation must be supported by
evidence to be considered by Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre on a case-by-case basis.
Please click here to review conditions that may qualify for medical exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine.