by Heidi Riley
Green Diamond has 15 locations employing over 300 people across the Maritimes. The three locations on PEI in Stratford, Summerside, and Bloomfield have a total of 85 employees.
Job titles with the company
Agriculture Technicians work on the larger agricultural tractors and implements.
Turf Technicians work on smaller John Deere equipment such as lawn tractors and on Stihl and other small engine equipment. For this position, they look for people with a Small Engine Mechanics course.
BRP Technicians work on Bombardier products such as Ski-Doo® Snowmobiles, Sea-Doo® Watercraft, and Can-Am® Off-Road Vehicles as well as Can-Am® On-Road Vehicles in Stratford.
Ag Sales Representatives could have a background in sales or farm equipment and would be trained in the skills and knowledge needed.
Other positions include Branch Managers, Parts Managers, Service Managers, Parts Counter Clerks, Yard/Detailers, and Administrative staff. Previous related experience is an asset.
Most employees work full-time permanent, except for seasonal positions, which are full-time for the summer with the potential to work until October.
Current hiring needs
In April, there were six openings. “In Bloomfield, we are looking for a Turf Tech,” says Jim Pineau, Manager, Human Resources. “In Stratford, we are looking for an Ag Tech, a Turf Tech, a Parts Counter person, and a Yard/Detailer person. In Summerside, we are looking for an Ag Tech.”
“We would like to hire Ag Techs with their Red Seal in Agricultural Equipment Repair,” says Jim. “These people are hard to find. We normally hire graduates from that program or a heavy equipment repair program and employ them as they work towards their Red Seal.”
The one-year Agricultural Equipment Repair program is offered at New Brunswick Community College in Moncton. “Graduates of the program have earned their Block 1. Then they complete their six to eight-week block release training at the school to earn their Block 2, 3, and 4 to earn their Red Seal.”
Best way to apply
For a list of open positions, visit www.green-diamond.ca and click About Us and then click Careers.
Jobs are also posted on the PEI Agriculture Sector Council website, Career Beacon, and other job boards.
For more information about the Agricultural Equipment Repair program at New Brunswick Community College, visit www.nbcc.ca