Blair Wanamaker at his Cedar Rock Farm

Blair Wanamaker says he's been looking for a hired hand for his Cedar Rock Farm for more than a year now. (Courtesy of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada)

A New Brunswick farmer in need of full-time help has reached overseas after his posting on the national Job Bank 15 months ago landed no solid takers.

Blair Wannamaker, who has a dairy farm in Nauwigewauk, says the job comes with a free place to stay, a truck to drive, and a pay rate of $12 per hour.

He's heard lots of people are looking for work, but out of 32 applicants, only three were Canadian — and, they were students, looking for a summer job.

"I think it's the hours," he said. "Farming is a way of life, it's not really a job, it's your life."

Dairy farming requires working every day until 7 p.m. and working on weekends.

"You have to live it and love it."

Wannamaker took his search abroad and found a farmer from the Philippines looking to bring his family to Canada after their own farm was buried six years ago by a volcano.

He says it's been a long process to get the required immigration papers finalized, but he's hopeful they'll arrive this week.

"Some days you get more frustrated than other days when things are going rough and you'd really like to have a hired hand and you know what you're trying to do seems simple, but the paper work and common sense in this world, what makes sense to you and I doesn't make sense to a lot of people that have control over these matters and it's been extremely frustrating what I've been through these 15 months," said Wannamaker.

"This guy's gonna have his days off, I'm going to treat him with respect and I hope to have a great relationship like a brother with him, but that's the biggest thing, was the hours," he said.