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 major focus this year however is on the health and safety of everyone working in the seed fields,” Scollard said.
“We will be following all protocols established by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, as well as other health authorities.”
Scollard added: “Whatever standard is the highest is the one we will be following. I know parents and the young people coming out to work may have had some concerns about this, but keeping everyone healthy and safe is the number one priorty of the entire industry.”
The minimum wage going into this season is $13.15/hr for those under 18
and $14/hr for 18 and over.
“The higher minimum wage rates introduced recently should still get young people excited to come out and work and be able to earn more money again this summer,” Scollard said, adding 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.”
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 and we are actively seeking to hire a bus driver in the area.”
Contact 519-683-4559 or management@JobsAtQDC.com.
The planting of the crop has gone quite well this spring, but exact dates for detasseling will depend on growing conditions between now and into July.
“Detasseling usually starts around mid-July and that should be the case this year,” Scollard said.
“For anyone interested in coming out for work this year and planning a vacation, it would be best to take it in early July or later August.”
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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