“About 4,400 jobs are directly related to agriculture on PEI,” says Laurie Loane, Executive Director, PEI Agriculture Sector Council.
“Farmers hire labourers in March and April and throughout the summer, and then we have a huge amount of hiring for four to eight weeks in the fall for harvest.
“Depending on the commodity, a lot of these jobs are available year-round. There are also jobs in management, science, human resources, mechanics, government, and at agriculture-related companies.
“In spite of COVID-19, farm employers are hiring and making sure that everyone is social distancing, providing extra wash stations and extra gear.”
Seasonal employment opportunities
- Farm Technician
- Forklift Driver
- Tractor/Combine Operator
- Class 1 & Class 3 A Driver
Other year-round jobs
- Dairy Relief Milker
- Dairy Herdsman
- Seed Technician
- Vet Technician
- Equipment Operator/Mechanic
Where to find job postings?
PEI Agriculture Sector Council website: www.peiagsc.ca/employment
The Blue Seal Technician Apprenticeship Program starts January 11, 2022.
Tuition for the program is 100 percent subsidized by SkillsPEI. Apprentices must be EI eligible and have 1,000 hours work experience in the agriculture industry.
Those interested in starting the journey to become a Blue Seal Certified Farm Technician must first register with:
PEI Agriculture Sector Council
New Truck and Transport Apprenticeship program
A new apprenticeship program, developed together with the provincial government, Holland College, PEI Trucking Sector Council and PEI Agricultural Sector Council, will support industry needs and strengthen the province’s labour force.
Starting January 2022, Holland College will deliver the Truck and Transport, Heavy Duty Equipment and Agricultural Equipment Technical Training Program, with practical training on specialized equipment from the three industries.
The program will be based at the Queens Country Highway Depot and will include onsite visits to industry shops across Prince Edward Island.
“We’ve posted several jobs for agriculture equipment technicians over the last several years and by offering this training on PEI, it will give Islanders the chance to expand their career opportunities without having to leave PEI,” said Greg Stavert, chair of PEI Agriculture Sector Council.
Government will fund the cost for bringing this training to Prince Edward Island and the tuition for all participants in the program. For more information visit Apprenticeship Program, click here.
Any questions about careers in agriculture, call the PEI Agriculture Sector Council at 902-892-1091.
For more information on the Agriculture Industry, click here