There are numerous online platforms that connect employers with job-seekers, professionals, and freelancers. In this guide we have highlighted the most popular options best suited to the cannabis industry.
We cover job boards, freelance marketplaces, business directories and other resources to start your research.
Cannabis Job Boards
Job boards are still the most common form of online job postings, and one of the best ways employers can connect with prospects.
If you’re looking for a career change or just want to explore new options, these are definitely the best places to start. You can also browse through specific cannabis-related jobs on these boards to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Indeed Job Postings
Popular job board Indeed.com is free to add basic job posting, and currently lists over 4500 cannabis jobs in the USA, and 1800 job postings in Canada.
Simply Hired is another great website for finding jobs in the cannabis industry. It has an easy-to-use job board that lets you search by city, skill set, or company size.
Glassdoor is not just for researching information about companies and employers. It also has an extensive job board that includes reviews and ratings of cannabis companies.
Linkedin Cannabis Jobs
Searching and applying to jobs is free for members. Employers can subscribe to one of the paid plans to access special recruiting tools. At the time of writing their were 1000s of postings under “cannabis jobs“.
Talent resource for the cannabis industry. Basic postings are free, and recruitment services available. See Vangst.com for more info.
Leafwire is an online directory for cannabis-specific jobs and also a meeting place for cannabis entrepreneurs and investors. Leafwire is not as large as more notable platforms listed above, but only focuses on the cannabis industry, so worth checking out.
The following websites offer the largest variety of freelancers — whether you are looking for writers, designers, marketers, consultants, the following likely have the freelance skills you need.
Fiverr is an increasingly popular online platform that allows you to find skilled professionals to assist you with every aspect of your cannabis brand.
Fiverr has two-levels of freelancers: standard and “Fiverr for business”. Standard being the original service, where you can find freelancers for as little as $5.
Upwork provides a complete platform for hiring and managing teams of freelancers from around the world.
Unlike traditional hiring agencies, Upwork allows you to find the perfect freelance cannabis professional for a specific task. Once a freelancer completes the task, it’s up to you to continue the relationship.
The downside is that Upwork provides so many tools it can be overwhelming for quick projects. Learn more about Upwork here.
Kolabtree – This is a unique freelance marketplace for hiring PH.D qualified scientists, researchers and other academics.
- No upfront fees or minimum contract to get started.
- Flexible payments, fixed or hourly.
There are a variety of cannabis-specialist freelance scientists, doctors and experts for hire from around the world. Worth exploring. (editors note: I haven’t tried Kolabtree yet, but plan on using for an upcoming project. will post my review here.)
Learn more at Kolabtree.com
Freelancer.com – Similar to Upwork. Joining and posting jobs is free, fees are incurred for hiring.
Cannabis Writers and Editors
Great writers and editors can be difficult to find, here are a few places to start your search.
- ProBlogger Jobs – Long running job board for hiring professional writers and editors.
- Texbroker – If you’re only searching for a content writer, Textbroker may provide you with a solution. If you need something written very quickly, Textbroker can be a great option.
- You can also find writers and other creatives on freelance marketplaces like Fiverr and Upwork.
Other Places to Look
Cannabis Business and Professional Directories
If you are looking to connect with legal, accounting, marketing and other professional services these directories are worth a look.
An often forgotten place to find professionals, trade associates can be great for networking and recruiting. Here’s an extensive list of trade associations in the cannabis industry that might be of use.
Cannabis Staffing Agencies
Staffing agencies specializing in the legal cannabis market are another source for finding or being found.
Tips for Getting Hired in the Cannabis Industry
Here are a five tips for job seekers in the cannabis industry:
- Be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up. The cannabis industry is still relatively new, so many companies are looking for people who are willing to learn and grow with the company. This means that entry-level positions may be more readily available, but it also means that there is potential for advancement as the industry matures.
- Be patient. The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving, and the job market is still developing. This means that it may take longer to find a job in the industry than it would in a more established field. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t land a job right away – keep networking and applying, and eventually you will find the right opportunity.
- Research the state/provincial laws and regulations governing the cannabis industry in the area where you are looking for work. This will help you understand the legal framework within which businesses in the industry operate, and will also give you a sense of the types of jobs that are available.
- Network with people in the industry to learn about job opportunities and to make connections that can help you get your foot in the door. This can be done through industry events, online forums and groups, and by reaching out to people on LinkedIn or other professional networking sites.
- Be flexible. The cannabis industry is still in its early stages, so job opportunities may not always be exactly what you’re looking for. Be open to different types of jobs and industries within the cannabis space, and be willing to adapt to the changing market.
I hope these ideas are helpful. If you have questions or have your own tips, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Where is the Best Place to Hire Cannabis Professionals?
Whether your company requires a budtender, cultivation manager, or a content creator for your upcoming YouTube campaign — you’ll find many options browsing the above websites.
Traditional jobs are best served by job boards like Indeed.com or Simply Hired. Consultants and agencies can be found on the freelance platforms or in B2B directories.
For casual work with low budgets the best platforms to find freelance cannabis professionals is Fiverr or Upwork. Both host millions of freelance professionals that provide every service you could hope for. Fiverr is better suited to one-off projects, while Upwork is better for hourly.
Kolabtree is ideal for true cannabis experts, scientists and medical writers.
If you are looking for ancillary services like cannabis accountants and legal services, then Linkedin, Leafwire and local trade associations would be good places to start your search.
Here are a few tips to consider before hiring a freelance professional:
- Read the candidate’s reviews and verify that they have a solid reputation
- Discuss terms and conditions before starting the project
- Request previously published samples
- Provide an in-depth job description
How to Find Freelance Cannabis Gigs?
If you are new to freelancing, getting your first few jobs can be the hardest part of the journey. Try marketplaces like Fiverr, Freelancer, Kolabtree and Upwork.com to start out. Learn how other cannabis freelancers are marketing themselves.
What is the advantage of hiring freelance instead of a regular employee?
Unlike conventional modes of hiring employees, freelance professionals work contract-to-contract. Ultimately, freelance platforms allow you the freedom to hire professionals as you need them.
Finding freelancers with cannabis-knowledge can be tricky, freelancers and consultants can fill the gaps.
What about freelance cannabis jobs in Facebook groups?
Another trend is hiring freelance cannabis professionals via Facebook groups. However, we can’t recommend this route because the service isn’t protected or regulated. If a dispute arises Facebook will not mediate.
It’s generally best to use platforms that protect both parties when a situation arises.