Summer 2021 Co-op: Entrepreneurial Management Assistant – Barrett Enterprises

  • Location: Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: March 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Entrepreneurial Management Assistant
(Mulch, Gravel and Firewood Retail Yard)

This is a great opportunity to gain entrepreneurial experience and will be the equivalent of running your own small business of 2 to 3 employees for 4 months. This is a perfect opportunity to figure out what you love to do. We are looking for 2 people with complementary skills to assist with all aspects of the business, including product/market development, inventory control, sales/marketing/social media, accounting, safety program, human resources, logistics, operations and production. This will give you an exceptional overview of your capabilities and where you excel while earning between $15.00 to $19.00/hour. W e are a hands on company, so you will also be expected to participate in all facets of the operation including production. This job will have you oversee (with supervision) the Barrett Enterprises Retail Yard which last year did over $160,000 in sales with the intention of continuing its growth.

Duties will include:

  1. Reviewing sales history from 2019, 2020
  2. Establishing product lines, supply, pricing, expected sales and delivery for 2021
  3. Establishing capital and operating budget and operations plan for 2021
  4. Get plan approved by supervisor
  5. Setting up yard to meet plan objectives
  6. Hiring required staff (based on approved budget)
  7. Operating the yard as the main employees, performing all tasks from setting up the yard and bagging product to greeting customers, doing up receipts, and loading customers’ vehicles using our equipment
  8. Ensuring the operation is working according to plan and adjusting as necessary
  9. Ensuring the retail yard, tools, and supplies are kept clean and well organized
  10. Ensuring continuity of the operation when you have to leave at the end of the summer

Job Requirements:

  • A basic understanding and ability in accounting, budgeting, marketing/sales, product development, scheduling, logistics and customer service
  • Able to keep accurate and legible records of materials sold, deliveries, fuel usage, inventories, down time, expenses, etc.
  • Physically fit, able to deal with the physical nature associated with much of the day to day work, including being able to help customers carry/lift product/materials from time to time
  • Demonstrated reliability and solid work history showing ability to be productive throughout the day with minimal supervision
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Good judgement and adherence to safety protocols and procedures
  • Have good depth perception and situational awareness (able to safely load customer vehicles with our compact loader without endangering people or equipment)
  • Good attention to detail, organization, and time management skills
  • Prompt and polite customer service manner with good English skills
  • To provide own steel-toed safety boots and work gloves
  • No smoking or strongly scented products allowed in our vehicles, on our work site, or in the office

Preference will be given to those who:

  • Have a good understanding of business metrics and able to set up and track appropriate metrics for this operation
  • Have a basic knowledge of firewood, mulch and/or garden/back yard products
  • Have a valid drivers license
  • Can safely operate equipment such as a farm tractor, compact front end loader and/or forklift
  • Are able to drive a vehicle with a standard transmission
  • Have current Emergency First Aid certification
  • Are willing to help with other parts of the operation and possibly operate other equipment
  • Have additional skills that will improve the overall operation of the company
  • Being able to develop the business to the point where this will become a full time position

Please Note:

  • This job requires approximately 40 to 50 hours of work per week including some weekends.
  • Pay rate will be between $15.00 to $19.00/hour depending on level of experience/capability.
  • Start Date: Preferred by April 20th but no later than May 3rd. End date can be any time between August 14th and September 4th. We are a small company and have no medical or pension plan. As a forestry company overtime is not applicable.
  • The work site is at 242 Beaver Bank Road, Beaver Bank. While the bus comes within walking distance of our site the schedule will make using the bus difficult, since the yard opens before the bus arrives in the morning.


To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to