Employment

Join the VSOC Team

VSOC offers annual opportunities for both seasonal and casual employment. If you love working outdoors, are motivated to learn new skills, and want to join a progressive safety-oriented company while earning a competitive wage, check out our opportunities below.

Orchard Technician

This position provides exposure to a range of orchard management practices with a focus on planting, pollination, orchard maintenance (tagging, pruning and weed control) and some data collection. On-the-job training will be provided. Season occurs from April-August. Hiring in March 2020.

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Spring Season Casual

This temporary position includes hands-on work in the orchard. The main objectives during the spring are planting new trees in assigned orchard positions and collecting pollen for the pollination of conifer flowers. On-the-job training will be provided. The duration of work is 3-4 weeks depending on the workload. Hiring April 2020.

Cone Harvest Casual

Cone harvest is the busiest season at VSOC. We hire 25-50 cone pickers for 4-6 weeks starting at the end of July. Using a 12 ft ladder, employees harvest cones from either pine, spruce or fir. On-the-job training will be provided. We offer competitive wages with an individual productivity bonus. Hiring beginning of July 2020.

Orchard Technician – Student Posting

As a summer student working at VSOC you will be given the opportunity to cultivate your skills and knowledge in a collaborative team-based environment. You will gain valuable knowledge of the seed improvement industry and the process of producing A-class seed. On-the-job training will be provided. The work term is April – August. Hiring in March 2020.

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Our Commitment to You

VSOC is dedicated to the safety and well-being of all employees and cultivating a safety culture in our workplace. Through orientation, training and providing personal protective equipment we ensure employees are set up for success.

Cone Crops Projections for 2020

Surveys of all Douglas Fir orchards (Cariboo Transition, Quesnel Lake, Prince George) indicate there will be a good crop in 2020.

Lodgepole pine cones will be collected from Bulkley Valley, Prince George and Central Plateau orchards. The Central Plateau orchard in Quesnel is young and therefore will produce a smaller crop than the other zones.

White spruce crops are difficult to predict until the spring, please check back for an update in May 2020.