Quality Detasseling Contractors (QDC) is set to hire over 100 corn
detasselers and leaders in the Wallaceburg, Dresden and surrounding
areas again this summer.

Mike Scollard, owner of the company, says this is similar to last year and
there are money making opportunities for both detasselers and leaders.

The minimum wage going into this season is $13.15/hr for those under 18
and $14.00/hr for 18 and over.
“The higher minimum wage rates introduced last year should still get
young people excited to come out and work and be able to earn more
money again this summer.”

Scollard also pointed out that these are just the minimum hourly rates.
‘We will be continuing with our higher pay programs for experienced
workers and those who come out and get the job done for us every day.”

Detasselers can earn $14.15 to $16.00/hr based on prior experience and
hours worked this season.

Scollard added there are also opportunities available to take on leadership
positions.
“As students gain experience they can start training and leading others,
and get a pay raise as well,” he said.
“For many young people it’s their first real leadership position. And it’s
valuable experience to have for other jobs.”
“Whether you are new to detasseling or have some experience, the higher
pay, bonus and leadership opportunity really rewards ambitious young
workers.”

Detasselers need to be at least 13-years-old to register and leaders must
be a minimum of 17-18 yrs old and have at least two years of detasseling
experience.
QDC also hires numerous young adults and adults from the area for
supervisory and bus driving positions.
“There are a quite a variety of jobs that need to be filled in order to have a
successful detasseling season.”

A big issue this year has been the cool, wet spring and the effect it has had
on planting.
“The crop has been planted quite a bit later than normal this year due to
weather conditions”, Scollard said.
Exact dates for detasseling will depend on growing conditions between
now and into July, but people should expect a later start and more work
going into August this year.
“Detasseling usually starts around mid-July but will likely be at least a
week later than normal. For anyone interested in coming out for work this
year and planning a vacation, it would be best to take it in the first few
weeks of July.”

Although weather does play a big role in how the season unfolds, a typical
day is six to eight hours.
“On hot days it’s best to wrap it up a bit earlier,” he said.
“It also helps motivate young people to come back out the next day too.”
QDC has eight pick up locations and numerous buses operating
throughout the area, including Bothwell and Thamesville, so there’s one
close to everyone.
You can get more information about QDC and their student summer job
opportunity, visit:  www.JobsAtQDC.com


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