The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) recently developed a sector-specific grid of on-farm occupations and skill levels by commodity group and a description of each occupation (see Swine Page 13), which outlines the tasks and responsibilities, as well as the knowledge and skills required to perform the job.
Swine Job Descriptions
Alberta Pork Job Matrix
Over the past several years, producer-employers in Alberta’s pork industry developed a matrix outlining the generally used job titles, required education, skills and experience needed in jobs on Alberta swine farms. This grid can be used as guideline as a career path assessing the work and typical career path on an Alberta swine farm.
There are many ways to find jobs or find people looking for work. These range from personal referrals to printed or on-line job sites. Visit our Classifieds page for jobs on an Alberta Pork farm, or see our Resource Centre for a list of sites where you may find other jobs in the pork industry.
For Employers: Post your job positions on the Alberta Pork classified ads, government Job Banks, or various popular job sites.
- position title
- number of available positions
- job responsibilities, skills and experience needed, training
- wage rate, benefits, housing and transportation if applicable
- farm information, website
- employment type (full-time, part-time, temporary)
- number of openings and farm location(s)
- contact details (name, address, email, phone)
The recruitment and retention of foreign workers has become an important human resource tool for Alberta pork employers. Selecting the right third-party agent can have a significant impact on recruitment costs, turnover, community support and timing. Before you start review this checklist.
Hire Canadians First
The Government of Canada strives to ensure that Canadians have the first opportunity for all available jobs. Both Governments along with industry want to ensure that Canadians and Albertans have first access to the jobs on Alberta pork farms. Every effort should be made to ensure the priority in a recruitment drives is to hire Canadians and permanent residents. This must include exploring all avenues including potential workers from all walks of life and backgrounds
All efforts should be made to ensure your vacant job is first advertised on the Canada Job Bank
Funds internships for post-secondary graduates and high school students working in the agriculture industry. These internships would include activities or projects that benefit the environment.
Funded and administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The Summer Farm Employment Program’s primary objective is to provide opportunities for full-time farm work experience for young people.