Summer Student Positions Available at the Simcoe Research Station

Job Ad:     Student – Horticulture Assistant
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 (7 positions) for up to 18 weeks
Location:  OMAFRA Simcoe Resource Centre, Simcoe, Ontario (Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie, 2 hours southwest of Toronto)
Salary: $12.25 / 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’ Simcoe Resource Centre will provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in horticulture production, research or the agricultural service sector. These positions will provide the opportunity to learn about diseases, insects, and agronomy of the major field horticulture crops and specialty crops grown in the province.


  • Assist with summer research and demonstration projects conducted by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Horticulture and Specialty Crops Staff.
  • Activities will include the set-up and maintenance (weeding, planting, etc.) of research plots focused on production practices, soil health, weed control, pest management, 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 and specialty crops such as strawberries, tree fruit, hops, lavender, ginseng, sweet potatoes and industrial crops
  • Field work may include farm tours, field scouting, identification and monitoring of insects, weeds and crop diseases.
  • 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 MS Word, MS Excel 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
  • 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 production
  • You are willing to travel to rural locations (frequently not accessible by public transportation)
  • You must have a minimum Ontario G2 Driver’s Licence

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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Jacquie De Fields
Simcoe Resource Centre
1283 Blueline Road,
Box 587 Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4N5
Tel: 519-426-7122
Fax: 519-428-1142

You should receive confirmation within 2 business days if your application was received. If you do not receive a confirmation in that time, please call Jacquie De Fields.

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

Posting Date: January 13, 2017
Closing Date: February 3, 2017

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Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference: March 2-3, 2017

hops-and-barley-conferenceRegistration for the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference presented by Michigan State University/Extension is now open.

  • Date: 2-3 March 2017
  • Location: Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI, USA

The Conference will include basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley session and malting tour that is designed for both growers and brewers.

Registration: An early registration discount of $225 per person will be available until January 31, 2017. Starting February 1, 2017, participant registration will be $275 per person. Registration will include both days of meetings, a continental breakfast and lunch each day, as well as admittance into the Brewer/Grower Reception on Thursday evening.

Click here for a draft meeting agenda.

Click here for more information and to register.




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8th Annual Vermont Hops Conference: 25 Feb 2017


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Presidio Fungicide Registered for Use on Ginseng and Tobacco

By: Jim Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of URMULE registrations for Presidio® Fungicide for control of various diseases on potatoes, ginseng, leafy brassica greens, tobacco and greenhouse ornamentals in Canada. Presidio® Fungicide was already labeled for use on a number of crops in Canada for control of several diseases. Continue reading

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Reminder for ON Hop Growers: RSVP for Research and Services Priority Setting Call January 4th, 2017

Growing_Hops_Ontario_Logo_5 with shadingOntario hop growers who haven’t joined one of the hop research and service priority setting conference calls are reminded of the final opportunity to participate on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 12-1:30 pm.

The session will focus on updating the 2014 Ontario Hop Research & Service Priorities to provide direction on future activities related to the development of the Ontario hop industry.

The session will be held via conference call and WebEx.

Please RSVP to the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC) at Tel: 1.877.424.1300 or by email: 

Upon registration, you will receive conference line and WebEx connection details.

Thank you for your participation!

(Previous notices: Ontario Hop Priority Setting Calls 2016/2017)

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New herbicide registration for hops and herbs (including lavender and basil)

Just in time for the holidays,  the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of URMULE registrations for Select® and Centurion® Herbicide for control of labeled weeds on some herbs and spices and hops in Canada. Containing the active ingredient clethodim, Select and Centurion are post emergent herbicides labelled for the control of a range of grassy weeds, including foxtail, wild oats, barnyard grass, volunteer cereals, proso millet, crabgrass and for the control or suppression of quackgrass.  Refer to the product labels for the full list of weeds controlled. Continue reading

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Preventing Barn Fires in Ontario

From OMAFRA Stakeholder Communications:

Did you know?

Faulty electrical systems cause approximately 40 per cent of barn fires with a determined cause, making it one of the leading known causes of barn fires.


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