Current Positions

Production Line Worker
Summer Employment Opportunity!

Looking for the perfect summer employment opportunity? BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is currently seeking dedicated, energetic Production Line Workers to join our team for the upcoming cherry season. Opportunities are available for our facilities in: Kelowna, Oliver and Osoyoos.

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BCTFC) is owned by fruit growers throughout the entire Okanagan Valley, employs approximately 500 employees, and operates multiple facilities. Representing over 500 growers, we market fresh tree fruits including, apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes and grapes.

Why BC Tree Fruits?
• Work for a well established, 78 year old home-grown Cooperative
• Great summer employment opportunity-perfect for high school and college students or even those who are seeking a great opportunity to work in the incredible Okanagan Valley during the summer months
• Earn $14/hour PLUS opportunities for overtime earnings
• Afternoon/evening shift premiums available

Production Line Worker Responsibilities?
• Sorting fruit to meet Government and/or Industry Grade Standards
• Filling bags, trays, boxes or totes as well as consumer package and bulk filling
• Operating in a safe and efficient manner by following proper safe work and food safe procedures
• Performing work at each station of the trayline area(s)
• Operate machinery and controls at the various work stations as trained
• Additional duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Safety Staff

Production Line Worker Qualifications?
• Ability to work in a physically demanding environment including repeated lifting of up to 15 pounds
• Have a good work record and above average attendance record
• Be comfortable working with and around machinery
• Ability to communicate effectively with all employees and supervisors
• Must be able to work all shifts as required

How to apply?
Please submit your application to hr@bctree.com quoting Seasonal Production Line Worker in the subject line. BC Tree Fruits thanks all applicants for their interest. Please note that only those under consideration for the position will be contacted. Visit www.bctree.com for more information on the cooperative and future employment opportunities.

Assistant Cider/Winemaker
BC Tree Fruits Cider Company is hiring!

The new BC Tree Fruits Cider Company is currently seeking a motivated, organized individual to join our team. Our ideal candidate will have previous supervisory experience as well as have worked within the cidery/winery/brewery industry in cellar and production related rolls.

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BCTFC) is owned by fruit growers throughout the entire Okanagan Valley, employs approximately 500 employees, and operates multiple facilities. Representing over 500 growers, we market fresh tree fruits including, apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes and grapes.

The successful applicant will have the following key accountabilities:
• Managing juice pressing operation periods
• Be involved hands on! in cellar operations, including fermentation, racking, transfers, blending and filtration
• Liaise with lab technicians and winemaking team
• Supervising and running the canning line during canning periods
• Supervising cidery production staff to reduce downtime and increase output levels
• Troubleshooting mechanical issues and make recommendations to Cidery Manager as needed
• Ensuring fill-rates and output requirements are met
• Responsible for ensuring proper sanitation requirements and quality needs are met and exceeded as well as health and safety protocols are being strictly adhered to
• Effectively communicate and build strong relationships with store supervisors, internal sales and cidery team
• Advocate for cider quality and continuous improvement
• Assist with the development of cidery operations and capital plans/budgets
• Support internal marketing programs
• Participate in industry technical groups
• Manage cidery staff work schedules
• Recruit, train and develop and lead new cidery talent under direction of Cidery Manager

The successful applicant will be qualified by possessing the following key attributes:

• Prior cellar/bottle shop experience with demonstrated supervisor aptitude
• Knowledge of winery or beverage processing equipment, bottling filters, safety equipment, standard processing procedures and safety practices
• Possess mechanical knowledge and have ability to troubleshoot various machines.
• Bachelor of Science (Oenology/Viticulture) with a focus on fermentation science or related field and/or completion of Cellar and/or Winemaking courses, Wine Ambassador course or Sommelier/WSET Certificate will considered an asset
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving abilities
• Demonstrated team player with the ability to work under high pressure situations
• Good understanding of business and accounting/inventory/cost control practices
• Must possess a passion of cider/ wine and the industry
• Results-oriented attitude
• Must be able to work flexible work hours and overtime if needed
• Must be physically able to perform all aspects of the position including ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

How to apply?

BC Tree Fruits Cooperative offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please submit your application and salary expectations to hr@bctree.com quoting Assistant Cider/Winemaker in the subject line by June 12th/2015. BC Tree Fruits thanks all applicants for their interest. Please note that only those under consideration for the position will be contacted. Visit www.bctree.com for more information on the cooperative and future employment opportunities.

On-Farm Food Safety Auditor

Looking for an exciting new opportunity to jump start your career? BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is seeking hard-working On-Farm Food Auditors to join our team.

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BCTFC) is owned by fruit growers throughout the entire Okanagan Valley, employs approximately 500 employees, and operates multiple facilities. Representing over 500 growers, we market fresh tree fruits including, apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes and grapes.

The On-Farm Food Auditor will be responsible for conducting internal audits to verify compliance with the BCTF On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) Program and will report directly to the Safety Manager. This is a temporary 5 month seasonal position that will run from Mid-May until October.

The successful applicant will have the following key accountabilities:
• Conduct internal audits and follow up on pending sanctions as described in the OFFS Group Management System Manual
• Participate in shadow audits by OFFS Coordinator and Safety Manager to ensure high level of consistency and integrity
• Support the Safety Manager in the implementation and maintenance of the OFFS Group Management System and administrative duties and ensure that documents are completed professionally with a high degree of due diligence
• Collect and submit completed Corrective Actions Report for closure of pending sanctions in a timely manner
• Report grower status in audits, deficiencies, and any changes to grower’s operations through proper reporting structure

The successful applicant will be qualified by possessing the following key attributes:
• 2 years post-secondary studies Agricultural related / min 2 years completed of degree or diploma
• Must pass a one-day practical inspection/auditing skills course setting our basic principles of inspection/auditing.
• CanadaGAP auditor training with a minimum passing grade of 80%
• HACCP Qualifications
• Must be observant, analytical, and self-reliant
• Possess a valid licence and reliable transportation as travel is required

How to apply?
The successful applicants will be required to travel and will be hired into a specific district as required - either the northern district which consists of auditing growers from Westbank-Salmon Arm, or in the southern district which consists of auditing growers from Summerland-Osoyoos.

Please submit your application and salary expectations to hr@bctree.com quoting On-Farm Food Auditor in the subject line by May 23rd, 2015. BC Tree Fruits thanks all applicants for their interest. Please note that only those under consideration for the position will be contacted.