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FARM WORKER, SALTSPRING ISLAND
We are looking for a full time, permanent employee to join our farm team. The position is for 32 hours per week, from March through November, with a holiday period December-February (although part time work is available during this period). There are affordable, on-site, living opportunities if that is suitable for a prospective employee. The wage for this job is $15/hour.
Our dream is to bring someone on who is interested in farming as a career path and would like to make Salt Spring Island their home for the next few years. The successful candidate will be mentored by the owner-operators, however previous farming experience is required. Despite the fact that this is a paid job and not a communal work/life situation, we recognize that there is still an aspect of community interconnectedness to the experience. As a result, our philosophy with employees is to invest in their goals and dreams equally as they invest in ours.
We began farming because we believe it makes a considerable difference to the health of our planet and because food is the first step to the health of our fellow humans. We also simply enjoy growing food and flowers; being outside in our beautiful garden and combining creativity and artistry to overcome challenges and slowly fill in the canvas of our farm. We strive to grow nutrient dense food and make it as accessible as possible. Our onsite farm store is a big part of our service and we offer a variety of staple ingredients (such as nuts and grains) at bulk prices, to complement the produce and flowers that we grow.
The nuts and bolts of our project are as follows:
- 1.5 acre market garden, with mixed vegetables, berries, and cut-flowers
- All produce sold through our onsite farm store, which is open on Saturdays year round. We also hope to open on a second day this summer.
- Flowers are sold through the farm store, wholesaled off island, and used for local weddings and events.
- Garden is not certified organic but we employ organic practices such as cover cropping, reduced tillage, reduced plastic use, certified organic compost and amendments, organic seeds, and crop rotation.
- Various animals are integrated into our system, including pigs, ducks, and goats.
The ideal employee will have the following skills:
- Self motivated. Able to work alone or alongside senior and junior farm staff. Interest and ability to direct others as season progresses.
- Good judgement. Makes decisions independently or ask for advice, depending on the situation.
- Follows written and oral instructions effectively and correctly.
- Demonstrates an awareness of the big picture, both in attitude and in execution of tasks.
- Considerate, positive, honest, and has a good sense of humour!
- Passionate about farming, local food, ecology, food accessibility, community, and being in the outdoors.
- Comfortable working at a fast pace, with attention to detail, in wet/cold/hot weather.
- At least one season of previous farming experience is required.
We look forward to hearing from you! Please send a resume and cover letter to Claire:
When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.
Position title: Program/Volunteer Liaison
Growing Chefs! teaches children about growing and cooking food by putting chef and community volunteers into elementary schools. Our mission is to teach kids and families about healthy food and healthy food systems through direct hands-on experience.
We are looking for an individual who is passionate about promoting food sustainability, local and urban agriculture, and children’s health. In this key support role, the Program/Volunteer Liaison will be responsible for ensuring the Growing Chefs! Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program runs smoothly within a designated group of schools. The Program/Volunteer Liaison acts as a point of contact between the Growing Chefs! Classroom Volunteers, the classroom teacher, the school administrator, and the Growing Chefs! Program Staff and provides assistance to volunteer teams in planning, troubleshooting, and delivering the Growing Chefs! lessons.
Tasks will be specific to a geographical area and/or specified group of schools. Each Liaison will be responsible for approximately 10 schools. This position will require travel throughout Metro Vancouver to the liaison’s designated schools. The communities include: Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, New Westminster, and Coquitlam.
Availability for this role is key. From April 1st to June 30th, applicants need to be available during program hours, which are 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Friday. Program/Volunteer Liaisons will join a different Growing Chefs! volunteer team each day during the program to support the volunteers/teachers and assist with the lesson. Applicants must also be available for a weekly team meeting in the Growing Chefs! Vancouver office. Please reconsider applying if you are not available during this time.
This position is a casual position at approximately 10-14 hours/week—work schedule will vary depending on needs of designated schools. Hours also may occasionally include evenings and weekends. Compensation for this role is $17/hr.
There are three seasonal fixed term contract positions available from Jan 15th to July 13th.
The close date for this position is Nov. 24th, however, we will be conducting interviews as applications come in, so please don’t wait to submit. The position may be filled before the closing date.
Please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org as one single PDF document outlining your experience and fit for the role, as well as confirming your availability from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm during April 1-June 20th. Please quote “Growing Chefs – Program/Volunteer Asssistant” in the subject line.
- Implement volunteer recruitment plans and assist with volunteer recruitment, including finding specialized volunteers, such as chefs, in targeted geographical areas.
- Provide support to volunteer training and volunteer orientation.
- Assist with volunteer scheduling and coordination, including, but not limited to answering volunteer and teacher inquiries, calling volunteer candidates and volunteer references.
- Act as a liaison between volunteers, teachers, and Growing Chefs! staff.
- Provide assistance and support to volunteer teams in planning, troubleshooting, and delivering the Growing Chefs! Lessons.
- Provide specific program support to volunteers as needed, such as providing assistance on how to retain students’ attention, successfully deliver Growing Chefs! lessons, and other resources that might help them in their volunteer role.
- Assist with monitoring the successful delivery of the program and report and help manage any problems or challenges experienced by volunteer teams or participating teachers. Communicate regularly with Program teachers and volunteer teams to address concerns before they escalate.
- Help with the coordination, set up, delivery, maintenance, care, and cleaning of program equipment.
- Assist with program administrative duties, such as volunteer and teacher sign ups, and managing volunteer and teacher records in the SalesForce database.
- Help with the coordination of volunteer appreciation events and volunteer recognition activities.
- Be the initial point of contact for the program for the designated group of schools and volunteer teams.
- Increase awareness of Growing Chefs! within the designated communities and in each of the program schools.
- Become familiar with the school schedules, school policies, physical layout, access issues, and school emergency procedures.
- Perform other duties, as needed.
- Assist with, and participate in Growing Chefs! community outreach and community events.
- Perform other duties as required.
- Help generate content for social media sites, online postings, blog, and website.
- Perform other duties as required.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Experience working with children and youth in an educational environment, specifically with classroom management, culinary/nutritional education, and delivering hands-on learning.
- Experience managing/working with frontline volunteers or program staff
- A passion for supporting local and urban agriculture and healthy food systems
- Administrative or frontline experience working with a registered charity or non-profit organization
- Culinary, agricultural, or educational background and knowledge
- Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills
- Excellent oral and written communications skills’
- Experience with social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress
- Ability to work independently and to prioritize duties
- Flexible and teamwork oriented
- Valid B.C. driver’s license and access to a vehicle
Additional skills an asset:
- Experience working with a CRM database, such as SalesForce
- Experience hosting event booths at community outreach events
- FoodSafe certification
- An understanding of data management and basic bookkeeping
- Driver’s License
- Existing connections in the restaurant, food, and agricultural industry
References and a criminal record check related to working with children will be required. We thank all applicants who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
YOUTH MATTERS AND RECONCILIATION IN ACTION COORDINATOR
The GVFB is in need of permanent and seasonal Drivers for pickups and deliveries across the Lower Mainland. Working from our main office in Vancouver, we are looking for team players and strong ambassadors for the work we do and love.
A clean drivers abstract and criminal records check is needed and commercial driving experience is an asset but not necessary. The pay is $17 – $20 per hour. We are in need of both class 5 and class 3 drivers so our fleet can be fully operational during our busiest season of the year.
Full-time permanent employees receive a solid benefits package after 6 months of employment which includes 100% MSP coverage, Benefit Premiums paid 100% for Extended Health and Insurance Premiums, Dental Coverage, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Vision Care, Employee Assistance Program for our employees and their family, Birthday day off and a great location in the heart of Vancouver.
To apply, please send a resume indicating “Driver Opportunity” to: email@example.com. Or you can complete a job application at one of Community Hubs and one of our staff or volunteers will pass it along to Human Resources for you.
Project director, bc food systems network
POSITION POSTING Project Director, BC Food Systems Network Term: One year with possibility of extension Part-time: 30 hours (four days) per week to start Work from home office
Position Overview and Vision
The BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) is a project on the Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI) shared platform. The BCFSN
The BCFSN has a 20-year history of grassroots engagement in BC around food systems and food policy. This has taken the form of networking and researching community-based projects and policy mechanisms that can help restore people’s connections with their food and their personal and community health. The BCFSN currently serves as: convenor of an annual conference; a sister organization to the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty; a consultant to the Provincial Health Services Authority on local food governance; and the backbone organization for a new collective impact initiative called Sustain BC. The BCFSN Steering Committee is in a process of discernment about optimal structures and ways forward for the organization and its programs.
As a project on the Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI) shared platform, the BCFSN functions as a branch or department of TCI, and the Project Director serves as the main contact between the BCFSN and the TCI Support Team and senior management. The BCFSN is responsible for strategic direction setting, conducting activities in the field and for staffing, basic administration, financial planning, and fundraising. Oversight is provided by a volunteer Steering Committee. The TCI Support Team is responsible for the administrative functions of payroll, accounting, financial reports, insurance, benefits administration, human resource management, and overall governance.
The Project Director will appreciate the moment and its opportunities and will bring both a strong vision for how the BCFSN can realize more of its potential and a strong set of management skills and tools to deliver results. The Project Director leads the BCFSN, developing key relationships, ensuring delivery of projects, and seeking out resource opportunities to ensure that the projects are well supported. The Project Director also leads a small staff team, manages communication and meetings with the Steering Committee, and supports the organization’s operations.
Key Responsibility Areas
Program Strategy and Content: The Project Director manages, supports and coordinates a network of individuals and organizations to achieve our vision and mission and makes strategic decisions in dialogue with the Steering Committee and Tides Canada. On a day-to-day basis, the Project Director’s role is currently largely focused on project delivery.
Organization and Program Management:
Under the direction of the Steering Committee, the Project Director is delegated the authority and responsibility to oversee all aspects of the BCFSN’s work. With the assistance of a part-time Operations Manager, the Executive Director is also responsible for BCFSN operational leadership, which includes:
- General management and administration: program implementation, fund development (grant writing, fee for service, fundraising), operational supervision, regular project reporting, ensuring compliance with TCI procedures and funder agreements, internal and external communications (newsletter, website, listserv), and membership development
- Financial administration: ensuring financial health of the BCFSN, which includes working with staff to draft budgets and financial statements from the TCI system for Steering Committee review and managing invoices and expense claims as required
- Human resources management: supervising staff (and volunteers where applicable), liaising with contractors and ensuring all HR paperwork is up to date and in compliance with TCI procedures
Qualifications and Experience
Ability to visualize success for BCFSN and articulate the vision and inspire others (funders, TCI, Steering Committee, staff) as well as turn that vision into projects that ensure results can be delivered over the short, medium, and long term
Undergraduate degree in an area that can usefully inform work in sustainable food systems (e.g. agriculture, food system planning, food/environmental studies, environmental sciences, public administration, law, political science, public health, social work or other relevant area of studies) or equivalent, such as 5+ years’ related program leadership experience and training
Demonstrated/strong track record of successful project management experience
Demonstrated/strong track record of successful facilitation or other process management experience (e.g. facilitation, conflict resolution, news media or social media)
Non-profit management experience, including successful fundraising track record for departments or organizations in the $200,000+ per year budget range
Human resources management experience supervising up to 10 employees and employees and ensuring contractors’ deliverables are met
Governance experience (working with a volunteer Steering Committee or Board of Directors and supporting strategic planning and decision making)
Financial management experience (general understanding of non-profit budgeting, accounting and financial statements)
Proven interpersonal and relationship management skillset
Strong English language communications skills including the ability to translate concepts effectively for many audiences and clear written communication style
Strong computer literacy skills (e.g. Microsoft Office proficiency, basic website editing, ability to host online meetings, use of social media platforms for professional purposes). A working knowledge of TCI’s online portals and financial systems will be required, and can be acquired on the job.
Demonstrated commitment to life-long learning
Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. food system planning, food studies, agri-environmental sciences, geography, social work, interdisciplinary studies)
Professional designation (e.g. Agrologist, Planning, Dietitian, Public Health Inspector)
Work experience in the non-profit and/or advocacy sector
Collective impact training (certificate or short course in the fundamentals)
Anticipated start date: November 1, 2017 or as negotiated. Location: BC, from a home office. The Project Director needs to be able to get to Vancouver reasonably easily for occasional face-to-face meetings with Tides Canada, funders, or the Steering Committee. Salary: Range starting from $62,000 per annum (0.8 FTE), commensurate with experience; may be negotiated to include benefits.
How to Apply
Together with your resume, please forward a cover letter which includes your responses to the following questions:
1. How did you hear about this position?
2. What interests you most about this position?
3. Briefly tell us how your education, skills and experiences are a good fit for this position. 4. Briefly tell us about your current/most recent job. Why are you looking for a change? 5. What excites you about the challenge of realizing sustainable food systems?
6. How in the past, and how in this position, do you see yourself balancing the visionary, inspirational and fundraising side of this work with the practical, management and operational side?
Please send your resume and cover letter with your responses to the above questions to Attn: BCFSN Steering Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org by close of day on October 16, 2017. Please indicate “BCFSN Project Director” in the subject line of your email. Thank you.
GIDDY UP AND GROW FARM BOSS
Are you in love with farming but not the challenges of seasons or weather? Do you want to live where home prices are a tad more affordable than the bustling city of Vancouver? Do you love the Fraser Valley and all it has to offer: biking, boating, fishing, skiing, camping, great food and lots of open space?
Giddy Up & Grow is a year-round operation located in an industrial warehouse in beautiful Mission, BC. We harvest and deliver crops twice weekly to several large grocery retailers and juice bars in a diesel powered, refrigerated Sprinter van. Our growing method uses vertical growing technology, ie racks and lights. Our growing method is organic, sustainable and reliable.
- Production: We have a well-developed production system allowing for year-round growing of shoots and wheatgrass
- Social Media Presence: Giddy Up has established and active networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a website.
- Solid Customer Base: …and growing.
Giddy Up & Grow is seeking a motivated person(s) and take over ownership of the business. Farming experience is not necessary as training will be provided. Or add this business to your current farming business and expand into year-round growing. The warehouse is great for starting seedlings and the refrigerated truck keeps your produce nice and cool.
If you are interested please email us email@example.com telling us a little about yourself and why this opportunity appeals to you.
Small organic veggie gardening business in Vancouver is looking for an on-call helper/ gardener (or a person with gardening experience), helping out on an hourly basis with the perspective for more work during the summer months. Building of raised beds, soil moving, seeding, planting, maintenance of vegetable gardens. $15-$20/h depending on experience. Driver’s licence is required.
Info – firstname.lastname@example.org
BIKE DELIVERY AND MICROGREEN FARm Assistant
Position: Bike Delivery & Microgreen Farm Assistant
Organization: Sky Harvest
Location: Richmond/almost Vancouver, BC
Sky Harvest is Canada’s first certified organic, urban farm. Our work transforms the urban landscape, improves access to healthy produce and provides a place of community, education and work for local residents. Our current focus is growing microgreens and delivering them by bicycle to Vancouver’s top chefs and grocery stores. We are looking for candidates with a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility, interested in joining our team of dedicated employees and volunteers whose unique talents shape Sky Harvest’s development.
Our day-to-day activities are driven by three core values:
- Lead by example: Providing a strong example of corporate social responsibility in business
- Inspire and assist: Spur the adoption of sustainability principles into others’ operations whenever feasible
- Innovate: Use innovation to move society towards sustainability and thrive-ability
Bike Delivery & Microgreen Farm Assistant
Contract Position (Part-time)
- Delivery (by bicycle) of our microgreens to our fine chefs. We have a unique trailer system that is compatible with most bikes
- Active participation in harvesting is also a key component of this position
- Strong cycling skills are a must
- Interest in urban agriculture activities and passionate about sustainability and local food systems
- Fun and easygoing personality
- Ability to work quickly, pay attention to small details and carry on a conversation simultaneously
- Exhibits reliability and commitment to our organization
- Must be able to perform physical labour on a daily basis
- The candidate must have their own bike and be very comfortable pulling a small delivery trailer as well.
- Ability to perform bike deliveries of our products in all weather conditions. (Remember Vancouver experiences lots of rain!)
- Farming, gardening or experience working with your hands considered an asset
- 2 Part-time Contract position available (16-30 hours weekly for 6 months minimum with the hopes someone will stay with us for the long-term). Mandatory work days are Wednesdays & Fridays (both positions) with additional days available.
- Start time: Early November (interviewing immediately)
- Pay: Starting pay is $12/hr + weekly microgreens AND end of contract bonus $.50/hr retroactive pay AND Company ski pass to Seymour Mountain
- Opportunity to move up within the company as we continue to grow & expand
To be considered for this position you must fill our Bike Delivery application found HERE. Please submit an introduction of yourself and why you would think you could be a good fit with us, a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to: