Manual Labourers


Manual Labourers

Ferguson Tree Nursery
Location: Kemptville, Ontario
Posted: February 10th 2021
Deadline: April 11th, 2021

Do you enjoy working outside and getting your hands dirty? Do you want to help grow native trees, shrubs and perennials for reforestation and naturalization projects?

Ferguson Tree Nursery in Kemptville, Ontario is hiring 10 Manual Labourers. These are full-time, seasonal (March-April to November-December) positions to help grow tree and shrub seedlings and native perennials. The work is very physical and is in all types of weather. Depending on the time of year, it may include seeding, weeding, thinning, root pruning, transplanting and a variety of other tasks necessary to keep the seedlings healthy and growing.

The ideal candidate is someone who enjoy being outside and likes physical work (bending and lifting), has good attention to detail to ensure the seedlings are taken care of, can work in a team or alone, is self-motivated, and can be flexible with shifts to account for Mother Nature.

Position Description:

The purpose of these positions is to perform a variety of manual labour operations to produce a variety of nursery products, including the trees and shrubs grown in the fields, potted stock, greenhouse seedlings and perennials.

These positions will work in various parts of the nursery facility and out in the fields. There is a lot of variety as you will be working with all the different products we produce and the tasks required change with the seasons.


  • Weeding in both a field and greenhouse environment
  • Hoeing
  • Thinning and root pruning of greenhouse stock
  • Transplanting of various plant products in both the fields and greenhouses
  • Use of hand tools
  • Various other nursery related manual work
  • Physically capable of doing the duties identified
  • Ability to work alone or in a team environment
  • Ability to work part time hours with some variations to schedule due to weather and work load (early starts due to heat, longer hours during harvesting and shipping, time off due to inclement weather)
  • Ability to work in various climatic conditions including rain, heat and cold
  • Willing to follow all appropriate laws and nursery policies
  • Capable of taking work direction and following through
  • Self-motivated
  • Health and safety for employees as required by the Ontario Ministry of Labour or willingness to achieve before employment (this is available online)
  • Capable of repeated lifting of products weighing up to 25kg.
  • Equipment requirements: green patch safety boots and weather appropriate clothing
Additional Information

Compensation: Ferguson Tree Nursery offers a competitive compensation package including:

  • $16/hour to start with a review at three months and increase to $16.50
  • $150 boot allowance available on Day 1,
  • Participation in our year-end bonus program

This is a seasonal position that is expected to last until mid-November, weather depending. Alternative work schedules may be followed depending on production needs, climate or staffing needs.

Send your cover letter and resume. We will review your resume and get back to you if we would like to schedule an interview.

Contact Information
Ferguson Tree Nursery
275 County Rod 44,
Kemptville, Ontario, Canada
K0G 1J0

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