A fast-growing industry in New Mexico is in great need of staff to keep up with demand.

Job seekers will be able to head to UNM’s Student Union Building on Friday for a chance at a job in the growing medical cannabis field.

Cannabis NM Staffing, the company putting on the career fair, says they hope to break the stigma associated with marijuana.

“What really makes a good candidate is someone who wants to be educated in the industry and be an advocate because there’s such a stigma in the industry, and that’s what we’re trying to do as a company is break the stigma of cannabis through education,” said Evan Wrons, marketing director at Cannabis NM Staffing. “We’re looking for someone who wants to do that.”

The career fair will offer up all kinds of positions in the medical cannabis field, including nurse practitioners, sales representatives, farmers, lab techs, associate lawyers and more.

“We have a great network of talent and there just needs to be a professional platform for these people to meet and at the same time, educate them about the industry,” said Wrons.

Cannabis NM Staffing also says they’re looking for volunteers to help with research, including veterans with PTSD, potential research investors and students interested in research.

“It could be anywhere from 25 people to 50 people hired at the event,” said Wrons. “A lot of trimmers are needed and that’s a high demand right now, so it’s really just depending on who’s there and who’s qualified.”

Cannabis NM Staffing says a recent 500 percent increase in plant count by the Department of Health means medical cannabis companies are looking to expand and have plenty of positions to fill.

“The cannabis industry is booming. They did project that if it was legalized, that would’ve been 11,000 new jobs, but also, without legalization, the Department of Health recently increased the plant count from 450 to 2,500 plants, so it’s a 500 percent increase,” said Wrons. “Right now, companies, medical cannabis companies, are looking to expand. The time is now to grow.”

You can check out the job openings from 12-5 p.m. Friday at UNM’s Student Union Building in Ballrooms A and B.