Seed Processing Associate
Location: Cobden, Ontario
Posted: March 29th 2018
Valley Bio Limited is an agricultural operation located in Renfrew County, and is involved in pedigreed seed crop production, processing, packaging and customer service. We deal with many crop kinds and varieties including barley, oats, triticale, rye, peas, buckwheat, soybeans, and industrial hemp. We take pride in supplying high quality seed and grain to farmers and consumers.
Valley Bio Limited in Cobden has an immediate need for a Seed Processing Associate.
About The Position
The Seed Processing Associate is responsible for cleaning, processing, treating and packaging seed and grain to ensure the highest levels of purity and performance of product delivered to the customer. Quality control, attention to detail, good communication and written skills are all mandatory requirements for this position.
Duties and Responsiblities
Assist in various plant operations including operating equipment that removes weed seeds, foreign material and other contaminants from seed to ensure purity and grade of final product to meet the company’s seed packaging requirements in a timely fashion;
Clean and calibrate processing equipment;
Load and unload grain bins, wagons, trucks;
Operate tractor, forklift and other equipment as needed;
Comply with applicable quality and inventory control procedures including collecting samples and recording types, weights and visual quality appearance of incoming loads and outgoing loads, maintaining accurate operational and seed movement records and submitting accurate, timely reports;
Collect samples and arrange for outside seed testing (for example, germination) as required;
Schedule bagging, re-bagging and maintenance operations;
Manage chemical and bagging supplies for continuous operations;
Ensure all packaging and chemical application is correct as requested in work orders;
Ensure samples are properly taken and visually checked for a quality appearance;
Stay up to date with industry safety training and follow safety rules and policies; perform periodic job hazard assessments and safety inspections;
Participate in preventative equipment maintenance by carrying out assigned maintenance tasks and arrange for repairs or upgrades;
Ensure all areas involved in the seed cleaning process are kept clean to maintain purity;
Assist with daily building maintenance, including cleaning, organizing and maintaining work areas, building and grounds, and maintaining heating system operation;
Assists other staff with additional tasks as needed.
The Seed Processing Associate is expected to perform duties responsibly and efficiently, exhibit sound and accurate judgment, observe safety and security procedures, and report potentially unsafe conditions.
Valid G driver’s license;
Minimum high school diploma or equivalent; post-secondary training in a skilled trade or agriculture-related field is preferred;
Experience operating heavy equipment, forklift, processing equipment and farm machinery efficiently and safely is essential;
Previous experience with cleaning or processing equipment, personal and/or work experience in agriculture would be an asset;
Forklift certificate, AZ/D driver’s license, pesticide safety course and accredited seed grader certificate desirable.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals;
Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide; compute rate, ratio, and percent);
Possess good record-keeping skills and ability to perform accurate data entry manually and on computerized system;
Demonstrate the following: initiative and self-discipline, good organizational skills, honesty and integrity, the ability to communicate effectively with employees, contractors and clients, the ability to work well with other, good problem-solving and decision making skills, mechanical skills and the ability to pay close attention to details;
Seed processing associates must be willing to take training and upgrade skills as needed in subjects such as: grain cleaning processes and technology, crop types and grades, the Canada Seeds Act and related regulations, weed seed and plant diseases and seed treatments;
Forklift operation license;
Enjoy operating machinery and equipment, taking a methodical approach to coordinating and maintaining records, and negotiating with farmers and farm managers;
Be a team player with a strong work ethic and be adaptable to change;
Able to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision;
Possess mechanical aptitude and experience with machine maintenance.
While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly exposed to a variety of conditions (heat, cold, dust, etc.). Seed Processing Associates must be comfortable with heights, variations in temperature and in some cases wear personal protective equipment including hard hat, eye, ear and respiratory protection. Employees are also frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts where caution must be exercised. The noise level in the work environment is often loud.
Work frequently involves prolonged periods of standing, bending, climbing and working in confined spaces and from heights. Employee must be able to lift up to 25kg (55lbs) unassisted, repeatedly. While hours of work may be flexible, employee must be willing to work rotating shifts, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed during peak fall and spring seasons.
Wages will be paid at an hourly rate. Rate will depend on level of experience.
If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter by email. To learn more about Valley Bio, please visit our website.
Keanan Stone, General Manager
18374 Highway 17,