Careers in agriculture account for one of every eight jobs on PEI, and the number is increasing.
The PEI Agriculture Sector Council is a non-profit organization which provides a vehicle for effective industry participation in identifying and addressing human resource issues in the agriculture industry.
At the age of 30, Laurie Loane, Executive Director, PEI Agriculture Sector Council, was asked about her career passion for the first time.
“No one had asked me that before. I had to stop and think about whether I was in the right place workwise in my life. What did I want to do every day? What made me get out of bed looking forward to the day and what made me feel good at the end of the day? The first thing I thought of was being directly in an agriculture career, which has been my ambition since I was young.”
According to WorkPEI Employment Analysis for the province of PEI, 5,500 people worked in Agriculture as of October 2023 as compared to 3,300 a year ago.
Hiring needs in the agriculture sector across the province
There are many opportunities in agriculture on PEI, and again this year, students in high school and post-secondary can receive a bursary when working in agriculture.
Jobs in demand include Class 3A Drivers and class 1 Drivers, Farm Machinery Mechanics, and Farm Labourers.
Sarah Jay is the Employment Officer with the PEI Agriculture Sector Council and the promoter of Team Food Island. “My role is to promote careers in Agriculture along with highlighting our Team Food Island Summer Student Job Bonus Program.”
She is responsible for advertising all the jobs available across the Island and helping job seekers match with employers in agriculture. This summer, the Agriculture Sector Council will again offer Class 3A Training to all agriculture workers. This four-to-five-day training program qualifies Drivers to drive farm potato trucks. “This is a popular program which allows people to be trained and ready for the season.
“Since transportation to our rural communities can be difficult, we are looking at ways to help job seekers determine how to get to the farm locations.
“The work is steady during the spring, summer and fall, and there certainly are year-round opportunities as well.”
To learn more about jobs in agriculture, call or email the Agriculture Employment Officer: Charlottetown at 902-892-259 or 1-866-892-1091, email@example.com