Want to work with cannabis? Pipe up at Fitchburg pot job fair
Mark Hillier, chief operating officer for Gage Cannabis Co., and his father, John Hillier, company president, stand in front of the former Mango Grill in Ayer that they are converting for their business. They will be holding a job fair in Fitchburg to fill new positions. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE
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By Mina Corpuz
FITCHBURG -- Ayer-based medical-marijuana dispensary Central Ave. Compassionate Care Inc. will hold a job fair in the city next Wednesday to hire associates, kitchen staff, and security for its cultivation center and a proposed retail shop.
Applicants who are 21 or older can bring their resumes and cover letters to the library on between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the job fair. Applications will be available there.
"Across the board, we're looking for people with a good attitude, strong work ethic, and a passion for working in the cannabis industry," said Mark Hillier, chief operating officer of Central Ave Compassionate Care Inc., which has operated in Ayer since 2015.
The retail shop, Gage Cannabis Co., is expected to open at 38 Littleton Road in the spring. He said the goal is to hire and train staff to be ready for when sales begin.
It has already received a provisional license from the state Cannabis Control Commission, which is overseeing the state's recreational marijuana industry.
Positions available at the two locations range from entry level to management and will be based in Ayer.
Central Ave., a medical marijuana cultivator and manufacturer, is looking for dispensary agents, a cultivation assistant, security associates, and packaging personnel.
Gage, which will be a retailer and manufacturer, is hiring staff for sales, security, packaging, and the kitchen.
Applicants will need to have a background check. Non-violent marijuana offenses won't disqualify them from employment at the dispensary or shop.
There will also be a workshop for people who want to work in the cannabis industry but need help writing their resumes.
Hillier said the nonprofit was interested in hosting the job fair in Fitchburg because it's a community that has been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement.
Fitchburg is one of 29 cities and towns in the state the Cannabis Control Commission has identified as areas of disproportionate impact.
Central Ave. plans to hold job fairs in Lowell and Worcester, which also share the designation, he said.
The community host agreement between Gage and the Town of Ayer includes provisions to give hiring preference to residents and hire people from areas of disproportionate impact, Hillier said.
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