The pre-legalization hiring blitz is showing no signs of slowing. October saw the announcement of more LP expansions, more production licenses issued to new companies, and even existing production restrictions being eased by Health Canada to facilitate greater output ahead of the July target date for legalization. While the private sector boomed, news emerged of two publicly owned Crown corporations set to oversee retail outlets and online distribution platforms in two provinces, with Ontario announcing its own online sales platform close on the heels of the reports from Quebec.
All this rapid industry growth brings with it an increasing need for staff, ranging from skilled and semi-skilled to entry-level, unskilled labour. If you thrive in an office environment, a sales environment, or in a hands-on role working directly with the plant as it grows, this could be the right time to bring your talents to the industry. Even if your ideal work environment is your own home, the perfect cannabis job may already be waiting for you.
Here are some of the interesting opportunities that have been posted or highlighted since our previous round-up.
Some say the secret to happiness is to find a job doing something you love. Others say the trick is to find a job you can do in your underwear. Whether you want every day to be “casual Friday” or simply prefer your co-workers be four-legged, working from home is great for the environment, and is rapidly approaching status quo with over 10% of Canada’s labour force telecommuting some or all of the time. A more tangible benefit is that your potential employment pool expands to the entire country (and beyond).
Setting aside international listings (which can be easily searched using indexing tools like Craigslist Jobs), one Canadian company offering a telecommuting position is PR firm Cannabis Communications, currently seeking a freelance PR & social media manager with experience in community platforms and influencer campaigns.
Meanwhile on the west coast, dispensary MediGreen is hiring a VP of Sales with the role based out of Vancouver, but with the opportunity to telecommute when appropriate.
Note: MediGreen in Vancouver is not affiliated with Ontario-based ACMPR licensee Medi-Green.
Corporate and office roles
Though Quebec’s provincial government has yet to develop its recreational sales infrastructure, there exists already a burgeoning medical production and sales ecosystem. In Pointe-Claire, QC, Aurora Cannabis Inc. is seeking an administrative coordinator at their new Aurora Vie facility.
Aurora also continues to post new openings across the country, with 47 listings currently posted in various provinces. In Alberta, for example, an executive assistant to the COO, a junior project manager, and an internal communications specialist are all being sought for the company’s Nisku facility.
Or you could join the Lift team as Director of Events in Toronto.
With over 100 cannabis office jobs currently listed, it’s worth taking a look directly at job boards like SimplyHired.ca and regional classifieds.
Research & clinical services
A pharmaceutical formulation chemist is being sought for Peace Naturals Project Inc.’s lab in Stayner, ON.
Meanwhile Avicanna Inc. is offering to sponsor a post-doctoral fellowship in Toronto.
MedReleaf Corp is hiring a junior lab technician at their Markham, ON facility, with experience in both DNA and RNA isolation and manipulation. For a senior role, Vancouver-based Anandia Labs is hiring a laboratory manager.
Management opportunities exist in clinical services as well, with Natural Health Services seeking a clinic manager in Winnipeg, MB, and with an entry-level role available as a cannabinoid therapy assistant at National Access Cannabis in Ottawa.
Listings for sales positions continue to number in the scores.
Entry-level positions include customer service roles at Vancouver’s MMJ Canada and at Tilray’s Nanaimo, BC offices, as well as in Ontario at Toronto Canna Dispensary, and at the Calgary offices of Emblem Cannabis.
For those more seasoned in sales and marketing, Canopy Growth Corp is hiring a head of sales at their Smiths Falls facility, and a listing has been posted seeking a senior brand manager for medical cannabis at the Toronto offices of Shopper’s Drug Mart.
Farming and production
The clear fastest-growing segment of the cannabis industry is production.
But the greatest dearth of manpower (and womanpower) appears to be in management-level talent to oversee production and farming sites. Production managers are being hired in Peers, AB, at Acreage Pharms Ltd., at Broken Coast Cannabis affiliate EFX Laboratories in Duncan, BC, and at Canopy Growth Corp’s Ottawa facility, to name only a few.
This is another range of fields wherein the best advice may be to scan listing boards directly, using search terms such as ‘cannabis farming’ and ‘cannabis production’.
Over 50 new listings have been posted in the past 7 days.