Agricultural Assistant – Maple Syrup Production

Company Details

Reference #:      2022137

Date Posted:      November 11th, 2022

Position Title:    Agricultural Assistant – Maple Syrup Production

Wage:                   $15.50-$25 per hour      

Location:             Wilberforce

Employer:           Pefferlaw Creek Farms Pefferlaw Creek Farms (pcfarms.ca)

We have several full-time positions to fill on our maple farm. If you are eager to learn and enjoy working in the great outdoors, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

 The Maple Season:

The maple season lasts for 6-8 weeks and has times of calm while the trees are frozen and periods of intense activity when daytime highs are above freezing and the sap flows. Maple sap is collected in the forest and transported from 4 locations to a central processing facility. On a good day, we will collect 150,000 litres of sap and make 3,000 litres of syrup.

Our team is characterized by youthful energy and a drive for excellence. We will form strong friendships as we overcome the challenges that Mother Nature sends our way!

Job Description:

Off season: (Now until mid-February)

  • install the network of tubing used for the collection of maple sap,
  • assist with the construction/assembly/installation of pump houses and pumping equipment,
  • repair and upgrade equipment which lead to production shortfalls or yield loss in previous maple season
  • maintain the forest and tubing network by clearing fallen trees and branches.
  • tap maple trees by drilling small holes in each tree and installing spouts,
  • follow company best practices and make suggestions for improvement

Maple Season: (mid-February until end of April)

  • maintain sap collection lines in the forest, locate and fix leaks in the tubing network,
  • operate and monitor sap processing equipment, including the evaporator, reverse osmosis, as well as mixing, filtration, and filling equipment,
  • clean tanks, filters, evaporator, and other equipment daily,
  • bottle and package maple syrup and other maple products,
  • long hours will be required on busy days and weekend work is typical

Post-season: (April/May)

  • pulling taps from trees,
  • perform annual deep cleaning of tubing network, sap collection tanks and the processing facility

Employment Consultant:

Angela Harrison     |     ajharrison@loyalistcollege.com     |     613-332-1743 x4225