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STRATHCONA COMMUNITY CENTRE – FOOD SECURITY COORDINATOR
Food is integral to many programs at the Strathcona Community Centre. It brings people together, facilitates cross-cultural sharing, improves access to healthy food sources, and provides the fuel needed to ensure that everyone can take part in community recreational opportunities.
The Food Security Coordinator will oversee the community centre’s food security programs, which include Breakfast Program, Backpack Program, Community Kitchens, canning clubs, farm trips and workshops. This team leader also develops and oversees food supports for other community centre programs including centralized food purchasing, menu planning, snack production, food and nutrition resources and food-related infrastructure such as kitchen equipment. In addition, the Food Security Coordinator collaborates with partner neighbourhood and city-wide food organizations. This position reports to the Community Recreation Supervisor and the Strathcona Community Centre Association (SCCA).
RESPONSIBILITIES Community Food Programs and Initiatives - Researching and shaping innovative food-related programs in response to community needs with input and collaboration from community members, other programs and the SCCA Board. - Collecting process and outcome data, evaluating and applying results for continual improvement to food programming. - Broaden community involvement and reaching isolated residents through a variety of outreach activities and communication avenues. - Supporting and working with the SCCA’s Food Security Committee to enhance food programming and connect with SCCA Board priorities and directions.
Networking and Partnerships
- Connecting with and supporting community members within the food programs and the broader community centre.
– Developing and maintaining connections with other agencies and funders.
- Coordinating work with other Program Areas within the community centre.
Fundraising and Budget Management
- Acquiring funding through grant applications, donations, fundraising and partnerships.
- Managing, monitoring and tracking a budget.
– Reporting on revenues and expenses to supervisor and SCCA Board.
– Reporting on program achievements to funders as necessary to meet funding obligations.
– Recruiting, hiring, onboarding and supervising food program staff
– Volunteer recruitment, coordination and training.
– Team-building and collaborative program development
– Facilitating professional development including ongoing support, performance reviews & training
– Payroll, HR agreements, health and safety orientations
Operations and Administration
– Coordinating and facilitating centralized food purchasing and food preparation for multiple programs within the community centre.
– Managing of kitchen facilities, equipment and systems to keep the kitchens clean, safe and functional.
– Finding efficiencies within the current operation.
- Completing administrative duties, such as payroll, petty cash, reports, invoices, etc.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES
The ideal candidate will have strengths and core competencies in program development, coordination, and oversight as well as in interpersonal communications and ability to establish connections and trust with staff and community centre members.
– Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Food and Nutrition, Community Planning, or other related field
– Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
– Demonstrated interest and knowledge in food systems, food security, and nutritional health issues
– Ability to work with other people and organizations in a collaborative manner
– Demonstrated track record of successfully writing grants
– Ability to manage budgets, record keep, develop reports, and other administrative tasks
– Supervisory or team management expertise
– Program development and evaluation skills
– Organization and multi-tasking ability
– Familiarity using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
– Previous experience working for a not-for-profit agency an asset
– Familiarity with the neighbourhood and other not-for-profit agencies an asset
– Valid Food Safety Level 1 certification (or willing to obtain)
- Valid BC Driver’s License is an asset
Period of employment: One year term (with extension subject to review)
Hours per week: 35 hours
Wage rate: Salary under review
To apply, please submit a one-page cover letter and Curriculum Vitae, including at least two references, to the
Community Recreation Supervisor of Strathcona Community Centre.
Please submit CV to: Strathcona Community Centre
Attn: Linda Koehler, Community Recreation Supervisor
601 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 3V8
Fax: 604 713-1848 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for application: June 27th, 2018
Richmond Food Security Society – Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator
Richmond Food Security Society (RFSS) is inspiring a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy, and community building initiatives. We are a small team of staff supported by many volunteers all passionate about urban agriculture and food security. We live the values of the Richmond Food Charter, we courageously engage our community to address challenges, we grow community and have fun doing it, and we inspire long-term, tangible, systemic results. We are an equal opportunity organization, and will not discriminate on any basis.
We are seeking an Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator to join our team for the long term.
The successful candidate will start by learning and be enhancing core operations of current
programs including Community Gardens, Fruit Recovery, and Seed Library. There is significant
growth potential in this role, and the opportunity to be involved in the planning, design, and
implementation of significant new projects and programs such as Kids in the Garden
programming for schools, The Garden City Lands Agricultural Park, and the development of
new community garden sites.
The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director, and be passionate about urban
agriculture, exceptionally organized, and a real people person with a solid science and
– coordinate the Richmond Community Gardens program, including:
– maintaining garden plot registration and waitlist
– ensuring community gardens comply with relevant municipal environmental, and pesticide use by-laws
– providing knowledge and resources to over 300 gardeners on organic food production, soil science, integrated pest management, biodiversity, and plant selection
– coordinate the Richmond Community Seed Library program, including:
– Planning, planting, and maintaining a demonstration seed saving garden, including tracking detailed crop data such as growing conditions, isolation distances, pollination status, and genetic history
– attending community events to raise awareness and engagement in Seed Saving
– providing knowledge and resources about seed saving to members
– curating locally adapted species for the library
– coordinate the Richmond Fruit Recovery Program, including:
– work with homeowners to ensure fruit trees are pruned, fertilized and maintained
using organic management practices
– coordinate teams of volunteers to harvest fruit to deliver to the Richmond Food
– ensuring seeds are stored, labelled, and maintained correctly, including conducting germination tests to ensure the viability of seeds in library
– communicate about projects and programs through social media, website, and print
– coordinate and possibly leading workshops and events
– liaise with a wide range of stakeholders including city staff and officials, community centres, non-profits, and other partners
– keep organized and thorough operational records of program data, results, contacts, and operational details
– ensure programs and projects are implemented using best practices to a high standard and evaluated appropriately
– recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers to extend and enhance program goals and reach
– other exciting and supportive tasks as required
– work with a growing, passionate team committed to urban agriculture and food literacy
– be part of the thriving food security and urban agriculture movement
– build extensive knowledge of organic gardening and seed saving
– practice sound program and project management principles
– work with stakeholders and clients, utilizing strong communication and conflict resolution
– develop strong oral and written communications skills including report writing, both in text and visual formats
– understand and use relevant municipal environmental laws and regulations
– Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field, such as Land and Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Science, Horticulture, or Environmental Geography
– Solid working knowledge of organic gardening principles, food security, urban agriculture, food gardening, seed saving, and sustainability
– Vehicle access is required occasionally (2-6 days/ month) in order to transport supplies to events, and travel to garden sites. Mileage will be reimbursed. Use of car sharing possible
– Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
– Demonstrated experience leading community-based programs
– Have or able to get:
– criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
– Emergency First Aid
– Tech savvy, and proficient in word-processing, databases, email
– Ability to speak Chinese (either Mandarin or Cantonese) a strong asset
– Physically able and ability to lift 50 pounds
This position may be dependant on a wage subsidy and applicants who meet these
criteria may be prioritized. Please indicate how you do or do not meet the following in
your cover letter.
– be under 30 years of age
– have completed a science-based degree (4 year) or diploma (2 year)
– be legally entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant)
– available to work full time (min. 35 hours/ week)
– be unemployed or underemployed (working part-time, on contract or in a field that does not match your area of study)
– have not participated in a federally funded youth employment program
Location: This position will start based primarily out of the RFSS office in gorgeous and centrally located Paulik Park, Richmond. Travel around Richmond will be required for meetings, programs, and events.
Application deadline: June 22, 2018, or until the position is filled. Early applications
Start date: June 2018
Pay: starting at $18.00/hour + annual increases + 3 weeks annual vacation + 10 annual
Hours: 35 hours per week, full time permanent. Hours are typically between Mon-Fri 9-5,
though up to 10 evenings and up to 10 weekends are required per year for programs and
events. Some work from home is possible (laptop provided), as are flexible hours.
Please feel welcome to reach out in advance of applying to ask any clarifying questions.
In order to apply, send email to Executive Director at email@example.com
– use the subject line ‘Program Coordinator’
– send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume
– use the file name First Name Last Name Program Coordinator’
Cedar cottage food network Executive Director
Reports to: CCFN Board of Directors
Hourly Wage: $25 hr for 15 hrs/wk. Flexible schedules can be negotiated. Funding dependant, annual renewal.
Organizational Mandate: The Cedar Cottage Food Network Society (CCFN) is an independent, non-profit organization working toward more sustainable and just food systems at the neighbourhood level. We create space for Kensington-Cedar Cottage residents to take part in different levels of food systems by providing programs, tools, and opportunities for community connections.
Description of Position: The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operations of the CCFN and adherence to its mandate.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Program and Organizational Management
- Manage the operation of all CCFN programs, including evaluation and reporting
- Sensitivity to and understanding of systems of oppression and how they increase barriers to accessing food.
- Identify and sustain opportunities for capacity building and partnerships between community leaders and agencies which would help support the work of the network and strategic direction of the organization
- Build community capacity to be involved in food security initiatives and increase awareness of available food security resources and networking opportunities
- Plan and lead food-related community events (workshops, community consultation, etc.)
- Develop and implement new programs as needed (and as funding permits) to address gaps in food infrastructure in the neighbourhood
- Primarily responsible for actively pursuing & securing sustainable and ongoing funding for the CCFN activities, reporting to funders as they require
- Monitor program finances, maintain accurate financial records, and ensure responsible budget
Administration and Human Resources
- Ensure that relevant documentation and licensing is up-to-date
- Manage and hire staff members and recruit and train volunteers
- Supervise and provide guidance to staff and ensure good working relations
- Develop promotional strategy to highlight all programs to meet the needs of the community including language, literacy levels and digital access
- Designing promotional materials for programs and workshops for various audiences
- Advertising programs and workshops through various avenues and networks
- Maintain website content and social media pages
- Liaise with representatives from other agencies and institutions within Kensington-Cedar Cottage
- Collaborate with other food security networks in Vancouver to share resources and identify opportunities for strengthening working relationships through a seat on the Neighbourhood Food Network Working Group
- Build and maintain strong relationships with partnering organizations for the continued operation of joint programs
- Help link like-minded organizations in the neighbourhood with each other to meet common goals
- Sound understanding of food security/sovereignty principles, the spectrum of food based programs in Vancouver, and barriers to food access
- Confident leadership experience with community development and capacity building approaches to project development
- Experience with community work and committee based processes
- Strong grant writing and funding report writing skills
- Experience working with diverse community
- Experience with facilitation and leading workshops
- Strong communication and computer skills (familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite design programs and HTML an asset)
- Excellent organization and time-management skills
- Must have a valid Food Safe certificate (or willingness to obtain)
- Must be able to lift heavy items of up to 50lbs.
- Experience with volunteer recruitment, supervision and training and appreciation
- A Class 5 drivers license and clean driver’s abstract is an asset
The successful candidate will work from Trout Lake Community Centre office for a minimum of one day per week; home office can be used for other hours. Some evenings and weekends are required for special events. Flexible availability is desired.
To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter (in a single PDF file) with the title ‘Executive Director’ in the subject field to firstname.lastname@example.org Application deadline June 7th, 2018.
Earthwise Society summer student farm worker
Earthwise Society is a not for profit, charitable organization that has been a leader in community-based environmental education for over 30 years. The Society has recently acquired property in Agassiz BC, and plans to create a demonstration garden of sustainable landscape practices and an organic teaching farm to serve the Agassiz – Harrison region.
Earthwise has an exciting opportunities for a summer student who would like to be involved in our organic farm. Reporting to the Agassiz Caretaker, the Summer Student Farm Assistants will help us get started and maintain different aspects of the farm. If you are interested in the environment, sustainability or agriculture, this is an opportunity for you to gain experience in these areas while contributing to the community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with bed and field preparation, soil amendment and planting farm and garden areas. Help set up and maintain composting systems. Assist with setting up irrigation systems and ensuring regular watering of planted areas. As part of a team, participate in field maintenance. Assist with crop harvest, and post-harvest handling of crops. Participate in community outreach events, including Agassiz Farmer’s Market. Assist with volunteer and community engagement activities. Help develop and maintain riparian areas. Participate in welcoming and educating visitors to the farm.
Be currently a full-time student who will be returning to high school, college or university in the fall of 2018. Be self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative, work well independently and in a team environment Be physically fit and enjoy working outside. Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers. Canadian citizen or permanent resident (Service Canada requirement).
Please send resumes to email@example.com. Note: This position is for 30 hours per week for 8 weeks. Pay rate is $12.65 per hour.
Two positions available: June 18th-August 12th
July 9th-September 2nd
Greater Vancouver Food Bank – Kitchen Cleaner
This is a permanent part-time position, 20 hours per month, with flexible hours between Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM. Two hours of each month is to attend the GVFB all staff meeting and in the month of June, there is a one additional day paid to participate in the GVFBS all staff team building field trip.
The key responsibility, is to maintain the core cleanliness of the upstairs staff / training kitchen and the boardroom, staff and volunteer area fridges.
More specifically, this role includes:
- To clean, bleach and reorganize when necessary, all appliances, cupboards, drawers, cutlery, cutting boards, countertops, tables and sinks thoroughly.
- To clean and maintain order of the recycling and composting processes in the kitchen area.
- To inform the Community Development Coordinator of any broken or malfunctioning equipment, tools or appliances noticed during cleaning session.
- To restock kitchen with cleaning supplies, paper towels, saran wrap, coffee supplies and regular teas, etc., when low.
- To discard kitchen garbage and take out compost.
- To compost or discard any items that have gone off in the three refrigerators.
- To complete a bi-weekly maintenance routine to the dishwasher.
- May need to sit and stand as needed.
- May require walking primarily on a level surface and climbing stairs throughout the day.
- Knows proper lifting techniques to lift up to 50 lbs. when required.
- Organizational skills a must.
- Appreciation for order.
- Attention to cleanliness and detail.
- Ability to take direction and work independently.
- Food Safe Level One certification required.
Please submit your cover letter and resume in one Word document and email to HR@foodbank.bc.ca using the position title in the subject line.
Glorious Organics Co-operative Farm – Farm hands
Location: Aldergove B.C
Valley. We are a community co-operative farm existing on Fraser Common Farm and running
Glorious Organics on the land. There are many members of our farm consisting of folks of all
ages and skill set who are not necessarily farmers as we are also a housing co-operative. We
are seeking 4 full-time persons to farm with us beginning in the April-May 2016 season until the
end of October.
Work will include:
-weeding by hand or hand tools
-cleaning, sorting and packing vegetables
-filling restaurant orders
-cleaning eggs/chicken coops
-field record keeping
-Greenhouse maintenance and pruning
The work can be physically demanding (bending and lifting), and repetitive (weeding and
transplanting). Being physically fit is a must. Work will be performed in all kinds of weather,
outside as well as in poly greenhouses. We are looking for people who are willing to learn, can
work efficiently and quickly and independently after being trained.
We sell at 3 farmers markets, (Trout lake, Kitslano, and White Rock) run a 80 member CSA and sell much of our products to restaurants in the Vancouver area. We grow salad greens. flowers, herbs, fruit, all sorts of veggies and save much of our own seeds. We are a founding member of BC ECO SEEDS co-operative and sell many of our seeds through this co-op as well as having their office based on our farm.
We have some housing available on farm. Rent being $400.00 a month with all utilities included,
even internet. Pay is 11.35hr to start plus 4% vacation pay ( Plus farm produce ) with about
40hrs a week available the beginning of the season and moving into about 50 hrs a week in the
heat of the season. If your’e interested in the position please don’t hesitate to contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org attention Mark, David or Donna. We are looking for in face
interviews only. If you cannot come and speak with us about the position in person please do
not apply. As we are a co-operative sharing land with others we must meet you in order to have
you live and work with us.
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.
Giddy Up and Grow
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
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
· 1 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: Mid or end of June (interviewing immediately)
· Pay: Starting pay is $12.65/hr + weekly microgreens AND end of contract bonus $1/hr retroactive pay
· Opportunity to move up within the company as we continue to grow & expand
· Position is located in Richmond BC, and is a 7 minute bike ride from Bridgeport Skytrain Station
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: