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Job Profile - Feed Mill Operator & Farm Technician

Job Title

Feed Mill Operator & Farm Technician

Reporting Relationships

Mark & Sally Bernard, Farm owners and operators

External Contacts

Farm gate customers
Truck Drivers


Barnyard Organics is looking to hire a full time, year-round position as feed mill operator and farm worker. 


This position is based on the farm located at 1934 N Freetown Rd, Freetown, PEI.  A valid driver’s license with a vehicle is required for this position. Class 3A would be an asset.

Working Hours

40 hours/week, seasonal
8:00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m.
1-hour unpaid lunch

Compensation Range

$15- $20/hour (inclusive of 4% vacation, EI and CPP deductions)
Note:  Compensation will be reviewed on a regular basis based on performance and expectations with a scheduled mid-season and end-of-season check-in session.
Farm Workers are exempt from PEI’s Paid Holidays by law, but Barnyard Organics pays employees on Canada Day, Labour Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Good Friday, Islander Day, Remembrance Day and Boxing Day are optional, unpaid holidays.


The Feed Mill Operator & Farm Technician at Barnyard Organics is an integral team member of the farm and feed mill, working with the owners to accomplish daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal farm goals.  The Farm Technician takes part in all aspects of the farm and feed mill operation, including working with livestock, working in the field to complete plowing, planting, weeding, and harvesting; working with customers for sales, support and satisfaction, and other tasks as required in the varied day-to-day responsibilities of running a mixed farm and feed mill operation.

Responsibilities – Tasks

  • Some customer relations (on-farm sales) including taking sales, managing cash box and invoicing
  • Livestock assistant:  be able to complete livestock chores, following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) checklist 
  • Livestock infrastructure: assist in preparing shelters for pasture, moving poultry, rental coops
  • Field work:  Assistance with planting and harvesting field crops including operating machinery and tractors
  • Minor, general maintenance:  heavy machinery (changing oil checking oil and general equipment upkeep), farm equipment
  • General repair and maintenance of farm infrastructure including facilities, buildings, etc, as necessary
  • Handling organic grain:  handling, cleaning, roasting, and transporting grain while maintaining organic integrity and following SOP
  • Processing organic feed:  Adhering to SOP to fill an order using the mix sheet to fill orders for batches of both floorstock and custom feed.
  • Preparing orders for delivery including pallet packing and shipment
  • Other tasks as required in the variable day-to-day responsibilities of running a mixed family farm and feed mill operation.

Expectations & Performance Indicators

  • Employee will be ready for work starting at 8:00 a.m. sharp (i.e. arrive in time to start by 8:00 a.m.) and ready to work ready to work 40 hours/week (+) as needed
  • Participation and contribution to Barnyard Organics weekly staff meetings. 
  • Livestock chores are completed according to checklist (SOP)
  • Successfully mixing feed for floor stock and custom orders (SOP)
  • Field work is completed in a timely and orderly fashion
  • Grain is properly cleaned, roasted and stored (SOP)
  • Customer sales (on-farm) include proper invoicing (SOP)
  • Employee takes initiative from one task to the next and gives effective feedback on operational observations (cropping, livestock, mill, etc.) 
  • Employee report problems, mistakes, deviances or any issues to management in a timely fashion, even if issue has been resolved. 
  • Employee shares honest feedback about working conditions and job satisfaction in order to better work environment.  


Professional Designation/Experience

Ability to operate farm machinery (3A License an asset)

Functional Skills

  • Equipment maintenance skills
  • Ability to complete a task following written Standard Operating Procedures
  • Interest in and respect for organic agriculture
  • Comfort and familiarity with livestock
  • Comfort and ability in operating farm machinery and equipment including tractor and attachments, hammer mill, soybean roaster, auger, scale, slaughtering equipment, and more as required.
  • Patience/comfort around children

Technological Skills

Basic computer skills (excel, internet, word processor)

Language Skills


Physical Requirements

This is a very physical position requiring heavy lifting of ~60 lbs repeatedly, in addition to walking, driving a tractor and operating farm equipment.

Safety Requirements

Barnyard Organics will be guided by and act in compliance with PEI Employment Standards, found online here:  http://www.wcb.pe.ca/DocumentManagement/Document/pub_farmsafetycodeofpractice.pdf


  • To co-operate by using protective devices, equipment and clothing required by the employer
  • To consult and cooperate with the employer and other workers on workplace health and safety issues
  • To co-operate with any Occupational Health and Safety officials
  • To comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (found online here:  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/legislation/o-01_01.pdf)
  • To report any potential workplace hazards or dangers to a supervisor

Protective Devices, equipment and clothing required:

  • Steel-toed boots required for certain tasks 
  • Rubber boots required for certain tasks
  • Appropriate clothing for farm labour tasks including sun protection (hat, sunglasses)
  • Sun protection/sunscreen
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Dust masks

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