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Technical Assistant

Research & Development

(Full-Time Contract – 12 months)


Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Technical Assistant to work in an industry-driven research environment.  Vineland is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation.

Vineland is situated on treaty lands. These lands are steeped in the rich history of the First Nations such as the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from across Turtle Island live and work in Niagara today. Vineland stands with all Indigenous people, past and present, in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands on which we live. As treaty people, residents and caretakers, we are committed to continuous learning and a deep respect for Indigenous people, culture and history.

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) and Ontario Agricultural Sustainability Initiative (OASI).

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.



The Technical Assistant will work within one or more Program Groups within Research & Development (R&D).  The position will provide support for the execution of greenhouse, field and lab activities for various internal and contract projects.



(*A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request.)

  • Working closely with applicable R&D staff; greenhouse and field managers; lab staff.
  • Performing physical work in field and greenhouse facilities assisting with plant care and experiments.
  • Seeding new plant material, transplant raising, as well as assisting with budding, fertigation, pruning, clipping, suckering, harvest, seed organization and storage.
  • Assist as needed in active soils lab, which may include exposure to dust, dirt and soil odours.
  • Working safely in the greenhouse, field and lab is absolutely required. This involves adhering to standard operating procedures for plant maintenance techniques, wearing the appropriate equipment for each task, and frequently asking for direction as needed.
  • Working as part of the team, and be willing to take direction and suggestions.
  • Position requires long hours of standing; bending; lifting/twisting; tasks may be repetitive and physically demanding.
  • Work safely in accordance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and related regulations, including adherence to standard operating procedures.
  • Participates in corporate training.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Post-secondary education (B.Sc. or Diploma) in plant or horticultural sciences
  • Related experience working in greenhouse, field and lab environments would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in support of scientific research.
  • Demonstrated ability to grow, transplant, prune and harvest.
  • Experience taking notes and managing datasets in an organized manner.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (40 pounds).
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions; exposure to working in hot conditions.
  • Ability to complete daily/weekly goals on time with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving.
  • Experience working with ladders, lifts and jacks or at heights is an asset.
  • Experience working with shovels and digging in soils in a variety of environments is an asset.
  • Strong computer and technology skills would be an asset.
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License
  • Valid First AID/CPR Certificate an asset
  • Current WHMIS training


Contract Term:

Duration:  12 months (November 2023-2024)



Vineland Research and Innovation Centre*

4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada, L0R 2E0

(*Please note that this location is not accessible by public transportation.)



  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
  • Contact information of three references


Vineland is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and others.  In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


We invite you to submit your application in confidence to:


Website: www.vinelandresearch.com

E-mail:  careers@vinelandresearch.com

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

4890 Victoria Avenue North, Box 4000

Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada, L0R 2E0


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