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East van Schoolyard Gardener

edible garden project

We are looking for two students to join our team during the growing season! If you want to gain experience working for a non-profit that addresses food security, sustainability and outdoor education on the North Shore, we would love to have you be part of our team.

We currently have two positions open – Student Farm Hand and Garden Education Assistant. To be eligible, you must be returning to school in the fall and be between 15-30 years of age. Application Deadline: Friday, May 4th – Interviews are set on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as you can! See links below for more details.

Student Farm Hand: 2018 EGP Student Farm hand job
Garden Education Assistant: 2018 EGP Student Education Assistant 

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FACILITATOR

Strathcona Community Centre is seeking an energetic and organized individual with a passion for food to support the community centre’s summer food programs and activities. This position will report to the Food Security Coordinator and work with a wide array of programs at the community centre.

In compliance with the Canada Summer Jobs guidelines, applicants must be registered full-time
students during the preceding academic year and have intentions to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. Applicants must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. They must be between the ages of 15 and 30 and complete a criminal record check prior to the program start date if successful.

Qualifications:

– Current post-secondary student (full-time before and following summer 2018)
– Study in a related field preferred
– Interest in food security, food systems and food justice topics
– A passion for food and cooking
– Certification in Food Safe Level 1 (or willing to obtain)
– Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
– Ability to work with other organizations and people in a collaborative manner
– Familiarity with the neighbourhood an asset
– Experience working with people from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds
– Fluency in a second language an asset
– Ability to move heavy boxes of produce an asset

Projects & tasks may include:

– Planning and co-facilitating a community kitchen, serving diverse community members
– Healthy snack planning, food preparation, food recovery and recipe/nutrition resource
development for a variety of programs (daycamps, seniors out-trips, breakfast program)
– Helping to plan and run community outreach activities
– Assisting with farm and farmers’ market trips and workshops, as needed
– Ensuring safe receiving, inventory, storage, handling and distribution of food
– Developing communications materials (newsletters/brochures, social media, posters)
– Researching promising practices to further enhance food programing, with a specific focus on increasing accessibility, community-building and dignity
– Other food-related projects that may arise

Rate of Pay: $14.00 per hour + 4% in lieu of vacation
Job Duration: Up to 10 weeks of full-time employment (35hr/wk) between June 25 – August 31, 2018
Deadline for Applications: Monday May 14, 2018 at midnight
Please forward cover letter & resume to: lauren.brown@vancouver.ca with subject line “Summer Food Program Facilitator” or drop it off at the Strathcona Community Centre (Attention to Lauren Brown)

MANAGER OF OPERATIONS (including food Programs)

ORGANIZATION NAME JOB CATEGORIES POSITION TYPE REGION AND LOCATION(S) CAREER LEVEL SALARY AD ONLINE SINCE APPLICATION DEADLINE
DTES Neighbourhood House
  • Program / Project Management
  • Social Work
Full Time
  • British Columbia – Vancouver & Lower Mainland – Vancouver
Manager (Supervisor of Staff) $40000 – 42500 2018-04-06 2018-06-01
  • Oversee the smooth running, set up, safety, security and staffing of all Community Kitchen projects undertaken by the NH and liaise and act as the point of contact for community groups offering similar programs at the NH
  • Maintaining an orderly, organized programming space ensuring that the recycling, organics and waste are well maintained and prepared for pick-ups, ordering and shopping for program supplies etc.
  • Co-facilitate volunteer meetings, offer program direction for Fathers for Thought program
  • Oversee the smooth running, staffing and volunteer coordination of the Banana Beat and Mobile Smoothie programs
  • Recruit, liaise, schedule and coordinate a partnership with students, volunteers, and staff to ensure programs are operating within the mandate of the NH Right to Food Charter and related funders
  • Oversee all licensing requirements and overall operation of the house
  • Updating all community drop-in signage as needed
  • Ensure health and safety and security procedures are in compliance for the kitchen, staff and volunteers
  • Provide statistics on all kitchen programs, meals served, staffing, volunteer hours etc. for food programs
  • Create and publish a monthly calendar of activities
  • Write reports to board, funders and community groups where required
  • Opening and closing the DTES NH with Volunteer support for Programming start
  • Supporting the work of the Right to Food programming with outside groups, attend meetings
  • Assist with staff team for special events for planning and day of events
  • Attending staff meetings as required, complete Incident Reports as required and work effectively, respectfully and collaboratively with staff team
  • Adhering to the DTES NH Code of conduct policies and procedures
  • Other duties as needed for the Neighbourhood House’s smooth operation as assigned by the Executive Director

Requirements/Skills/Experience/Aptitude

  • 2 plus years’ experience working with diverse or challenging populations
  • Related education in social services, social work, health or education
  • Staff supervisory experience – able to demonstrate
  • Mature judgment, a keen sense of humor, ability to handle stress, and a “can do attitude”
  • Ability to cook, great tasting, healthy, organic food, understanding of rights-based approach to food security
  • Understanding of approaches to community-based assets and development
  • Food safe certification, first aid, non-violent conflict resolution – within one month of hire
  • Class 5 license and access to a reliable vehicle an asset
  • Pass a criminal records check and background check – mandatory
  • Able to lift 40-50 lbs
  • Would like start date to be as soon as possible

35 hours per week, $19- $22 per hour based on experience

We will short list and interview as applications arrive.  Apply with Operations Manager in the subject line to rorys@dtesnhouse.ca

Please indicate how you meet the requirements of this position in your cover letter

 

Southland heritage farm Weekend Farm Educator
April to August 2018

Overview: Our new farm educator will work together with the rest of the team to create an awesome and fun one of a kind farm education facility! We are looking for someone who has both the soul of an outdoor educator and the soul of a farmer! Our ideal candidate is passionate and has experience in teaching and working with children in the outdoors. She or he is also fascinated by farming, healthy food systems, nature conservation and/or the outdoors.

Main Responsibilities: Leading Birthday Parties and Overnight experiences. Read our Birthday Party and Overnight Description here: Birthday Parties

Dates: Saturdays and Sunday from April to the end of August. According bookings, you might be required to work on Friday and Saturday nights.
This could be an on-call position. We might hire several people and arrange schedules. This position can be combined with the Summer Farm Camp Educator position.

Qualifications of our ideal candidates:

  • Previous experience in education.
  • Passionate about outdoor experiential learning and inspiring children to deeply care and take care of the planet and people,
  • Attention to organization and presentation,
  • Creative and resourceful,
  • Self-starter and solution oriented,
  • High levels of positive energy with a good sense of humour,
  • Comfortable around farm animals (eg. you could catch a goat and would be comfortable learning how to trim hooves)
  • Teaching degree is an asset,
  • Horse experience is an asset,
  • Playing a musical instrument is an asset,
  • Hard working is a must!
  • First Aid Certificate with CPR and Criminal Record Check

How to apply:
Please send a creative cover letter and resume with 3 relevant references to education@southlandsfarm.ca. Attachments should be labelled with the position you are applying for and your full name. (Eg. Farmer Educator- Judith Bee). Here are some questions to help with your letter:

  1. How do your skills and life goals match with our farm vision and mission statement?
  2. Why are you the best candidate for this job position? (don’t be shy)
  3. What excites you about working at Southlands Farm?

We will accept applications until the position is filled.

southland heritage FARM Summer Farm Camp Educator
July and August 2018

Overview: Our new farm educator will work together with the rest of the team to create an awesome and fun one of a kind farm education facility! We are looking for someone who has both the soul of an outdoor educator and the soul of a farmer! Our ideal candidate is passionate and has experience in teaching and working with children in the outdoors. She or he is also fascinated by farming, healthy food systems, nature conservation and/or the outdoors.

Main Responsibilities: Teaching Summer Farm Camp together with the other farm educators. Read our Farm Camp Description here: Farm Camps

Dates: Monday-Friday from July to the end of August. According to the applications we get, we might hire several people and arrange schedules. Possibilities to work some overnights across the summer. This position can be combined with the Weekend Farm Educator position.

Qualifications of our ideal candidates:

  • Previous experience in education.
  • Passionate about outdoor experiential learning and inspiring children to deeply care and take care of the planet and people,
  • Has experience in farming and using tools (you will farm and build with the campers),
  • Attention to organization and presentation,
  • Creative and resourceful,
  • Self-starter and solution oriented,
  • High levels of positive energy with a good sense of humour,
  • Comfortable around farm animals (eg. you could catch a goat and would be comfortable learning how to trim hooves)
  • Teaching degree is an asset,
  • Horse experience is a big asset,
  • Playing a musical instrument is a big asset,
  • Hard working is a must!
  • First Aid Certificate with CPR and Criminal Record Check

How to apply:
Please send a creative cover letter and resume with 3 relevant references to education@southlandsfarm.ca  Attachments should be labelled with the position you are applying for and your full name. (Eg. Farmer Educator- Judith Bee). Here are some questions to help with your letter:

  1. How do your skills and life goals match with our farm vision and mission statement?
  2. Why are you the best candidate for this job position? (don’t be shy)
  3. What excites you about working at Southlands Farm?

We will accept applications until the position is filled.

You might also be interested in being our Weekend Farm Educator?

UBC FARM SALES MANAGER

We have just posted a full time Sales Manager position (a.k.a. Agricultural Products Technician) with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm for the 2018  season. The application deadline is April 15th, 2018. Please help me forward this to your networks. Details of their duties and the application instructions are available through the UBC careers page.

Our ideal candidate is very detailed oriented, has a strong background in providing excellent customer service and is experienced in handling large sets of data. This may also be a good opportunity for someone who previously worked in the conventional food industry to become engaged with the larger, global and local sustainable ag community in exploring what alternative food systems could be.

Individuals from all disciplines and backgrounds are sought, in particular indigenous members of our community and those with familiarity speaking to the public about food sovereignty and accessibility.

THE SHARING FARM SOCIETY, 2018 FARM INTERN JOB POSTING

(CANADA SUMMER JOBS)
 

The Sharing Farm is a not-for-profit community organization that grows organic vegetables on donated city lands for the Richmond Food Bank and other community agencies. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working farm interns for May – August 2018. 

The Sharing Farm is a unique community farm combining the practice of organic farming set within a framework of food justice and food security in the region. The four-acre farm is situated within Richmond’s Terra Nova Rural Park, located at the west end of Westminster Highway, alongside the West Dyke, in Richmond BC. It is accessible by bus, skytrain, car, or bicycle.

Interns will have access to many different skill sets, including greenhouse cultivation, beekeeping, market gardening, composting, farm machinery use, and more. Interns will gain valuable skills in multiple aspects of organic farming, as well as running a farmers’ market stand and a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.

For more information about the Sharing Farm please visit www.sharingfarm.ca

 Duties and Responsibilities:

-Assist with field preparation, field maintenance, crop development, crop harvest, and post-harvest handling 
-Keep records and a farm journal
-Lead and supervise volunteers
-Assist with educational programs, tours, special events and fund-raising activities
-Assist with the transportation and distribution of vegetables
-Keep farm and storage areas organized and tidy
-Assist running a CSA program
-Report to the Field Manager

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (Service Canada):
— currently a full-time student who intends to return to college or university in the fall of 2018
— 18-30 years of age 
— Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Qualifications:
 
— Be self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative, work well independently and in a team environment
— Be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather
— Be available on weekends (all Saturdays, occasional Sundays) and a few evenings in July and August
— Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers
— Strong record-keeping ability
— Ability to operate and maintain tools and equipment
— (preferably) Valid driver’s license
— (preferably) Have farming or gardening experience
— The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in organic farming and/ or food security.

Salary: $12.50 per hour + benefits
35 hour work week, must be available weekends
Approx. 9-14 weeks depending on final HRDC Canada Summer Jobs approval of grant application.
 
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will begin interviewing in early April.
Application deadline: April 8, 2018
Please submit resume and a cover letter to:
Farm Administrator: Leslie Williams leslie@sharingfarm.ca

THE SHARING FARM SOCIETY, 2018 FARM MARKETING/ COMMUNICATIONS/ EVENTS INTERN 

(CANADA SUMMER JOBS)
 

Background 


The Sharing Farm is a not-for-profit community organization that grows organic vegetables on donated city lands for the Richmond Food Bank and other community agencies. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working farm events interns for May – August 2018. 
The Sharing Farm is a unique community farm combining the practice of organic farming set within a framework of food justice and food security in the region. The four-acre farm is situated within Richmond’s Terra Nova Rural Park, located at the west end of Westminster Highway, alongside the West Dyke, in Richmond BC. It is accessible by bus, skytrain, car, or bicycle.
Interns will have access to many different skill sets, including event planning and coordination, marketing and communications, and social media for a not-for-profit organization.
For more information about the Sharing Farm please visit www.sharingfarm.ca

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Assist Executive Director with all aspects of annual Garlic Fest event preparation and implementation
-Supervise and organize volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities
-Manage online presence in terms of social media, blog posts, newsletters, text and images, website and other venues
-Assist with educational programs, tours, and fund-raising activities
-Report to the Executive Director

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (Service Canada):

— currently a full-time student who intends to return to college or university in the fall of 2018
— 18-30 years of age 
— Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Qualifications:
 
— Be self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative and lead others, work well independently and in a team environment
— Have excellent computer, communication and organization skills
— Be available the weekend of August 18/19, 2018, and at least one evening a week in July and August
— Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers
— (desirable) Foodsafe Certified
– (desirable) Valid driver’s license
–(desirable) Photographer
–(desirable) Have experience with social media, marketing, and event planning, and familiarity with not-for-profit organizations and issues of food security
— The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in organic farming/ food security and/or charitable organizations

Salary: $12.50 per hour + benefits
35 hour work week. 
Approx. 9 -16 weeks depending on final HRDC Canada Summer Jobs approval of grant application.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will begin interviewing in early April.
Application deadline: April 8, 2018
Please submit resume and a cover letter to:
Farm Administrator: Leslie Williams leslie@sharingfarm.ca

 

BCAFM Administration and Special Projects Coordinator

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) was founded in 2000 to:
  • Support British Columbia producers of agricultural products, food products, and crafts
  • Promote, educate, encourage, develop and support farmers’ markets in the communities of BC
  • Educate the public to choose healthy British Columbia grown agricultural products to ensure a secure food system, to reduce the carbon footprint and to ensure the viability of farming into the future
Job Summary: 
A part-time position, the Administration and Special Projects Coordinator will support office systems and administration at the BCAFM.
Key Responsibilities:
The BCAFM is seeking a detail-oriented, organized, analytical individual who is able to work both independently and collaboratively. The Administration and Special Projects Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and managers as needed. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Financial Coordination
  • Prepare invoices and process accounts receivables using Quickbooks
  • Monthly reconciliation and processing of payments from various online sources such as Eventbrite, Square and other payment systems
  • Track and manage petty cash, make bank deposits
  • Support and coordinator financial payments for Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program to markets and community partners.

Coordinate and Maintain Office Systems

  • Troubleshoot printer/internet/phone issues
  • Ensure website, email, software, and other subscriptions are current and active
  • Manage and order office supplies and equipment
  • Manage online registration systems
  • Maintain and update office manual and files
General Program and Communications Support
  • Lead vendor insurance program coordination, recruitment, delivery, and promotion
  • Set up online surveys and process registrations for conference, workshops, Webinars
  • Coordinate printing and mail outs
  • Support membership renewal process
Office Support
  • Answer phones and general emails
  • Provide good and timely customer service to stakeholders
  • Manage mail merge for correspondence
Special Projects
  • Take a role in supporting other BCAFM projects such as the annual conference and other initiatives as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:
  • A diploma or certificate in office administration or equivalent experience
  • At least three years of work experience in a similar position
  • A high level of working knowledge of computers, databases, and software
  • Programs (Microsoft Office, QuickBooks) using a Mac computer
  • Strong verbal communications skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and highly organized
  • A “numbers” person
  • Take initiative with a proactive approach to office administration
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a happy disposition, ability to exercise diplomacy, demonstrate a flexible attitude, maintains a positive focus, and uses discretion with confidential Information
  • Knowledge and interest of farmers’ markets or involvement in the local food movement
Timeline and Compensation:
This is a part time position, 12 hours per week, starting ASAP. All positions, programs and projects of the BCAFM are subject to ongoing funding.
The hourly rate is $20 per hour including two weeks paid vacation plus an additional paid week vacation between Christmas and New Years. The 12 hours per week schedule will be determined with the candidate chosen. Occasional weekend and/or evening work also required.
The BCAFM office is located in Vancouver.
How to Apply:
  • Please send a cover letter and resume in a pdf format, with your name in the title of the document on or by Tuesday, March 27, 2018 to info@bcfarmersmarket.org with BCAFM included in the subject line
  • Interviews may be conducted during the recruitment period and only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

Community Food Hubs Assistant

Position Summary:

The Community Food Hubs Assistant is a part-time contract position and is responsible for tactically supporting the implementation of change initiatives at our 13 locations, as well as supporting maintenance of the key elements that contribute to the Community Food Hub model.  Alongside the Community Food Hub staff, and volunteers, the Hubs Assistant offers staff support to solve conflicts, communicate with the office, implement and maintain changes and policy, and gather feedback.

Main Duties:

  • Provide onsite support for Volunteer Coordinators when requested, for example in helping solve conflict, clarifying policy, or maintaining flow;
  • Host or attend volunteer huddle to convey updates and hear feedback;
  • Assisting the Hubs team in the implementation of initiatives like launching time zones, hospitality areas, or the choice-based shopping model;
  • Acts as the staff representative at volunteer huddle meetings to give updates on policies, upcoming events, etc.;
  • Communicates back to the CFH team volunteer shortages, incident reports, and menu issues;
  • Attends sites as directed to provide support when coordinators are absent, or specific policies need reinforcement;
  • Participating in drafting or documenting current procedures or policies;
  • Supports liaising with community partners;

Employment Requirements:

  • Familiarity with the GVFB Community Food Hub model and our policy documents;
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills (written/oral), including active listening skills;
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Experience working in volunteer driven environments;
  • Proven ability to problem solve and takes responsibility to complete tasks in a timely fashion;
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Record Check for Vulnerable Sectors;
  • Proficiency in a language other than English considered an asset;
  • 2nd language an asset, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic for example
  • Significant experience working in challenging social environments ;
  • Ability to work as part of an anti-oppression framework with people of diverse cultures, races/ethnicity, socio‐economic positions, ages, religions, genders, physical/mental challenges/disabilities, and sexual orientations;
  • A valid and clean BC driver’s license;
  • Courage and a sense of humor; 

Physical Requirements:

  • This position is mobile and will move around from site to site potentially;
  • Will need to sit and stand for periods of time as needed;
  • Will utilize proper lifting techniques to lift up to 50 lbs when required;

To Apply:

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. Candidates with suitable backgrounds and experience will be contacted to interview.  No phone calls please.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank – Kitchen Cleaner

We are looking for a cleaner extraordinaire!

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.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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.

Employment Requirements:

  • 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.

To Apply:

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.

Executive Director, Gordon Neighbourhood House

The Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC) is currently seeking an experienced executive to join our senior leadership team and provide leadership to the Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH).

As a future-oriented leader and strategic thinker, the successful candidate will demonstrate a proven record of strong leadership skills and an ability to work effectively and collaboratively with staff, volunteers and a volunteer Community Board, as well as funders, community partners and local groups, in order to achieve the organization’s mission and goals.

Accountability:

Working within the ANHBC senior leadership team, the Executive Director of GNH reports to the CEO of ANHBC with respect to operational and association-wide responsibilities and has functional accountability to the GNH Community Board with respect to the priorities at the local community level. The successful candidate will lead a passionate and dedicated team of 20 plus staff, hundreds of volunteers and be responsible for an annual budget around $1 million.

More Information

Glorious Organics Co-operative Farm – Farm hands
Location: Aldergove B.C

We are a certified organic vegetable farm, farming 5.5 acres on a 20 acre community farm co-
operative. We have been farming as a certified organic farm for the past 30 years in the Fraser

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:
-Bed preparation
-weeding by hand or hand tools
-transplanting
-Weed whacking/mowing
-Harvesting
-cleaning, sorting and packing vegetables
-filling restaurant orders
-seed saving
-cleaning eggs/chicken coops
-building maintenance
-machine maintenance
-irrigation
-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
info@gloriousorganics.com 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.

SOLE FOOD

Sole Food is currently looking for a Farm Supervisor and a Distribution Coordinator for next season.  Please check out our job postings below!  Feel free to pass them on to anyone who might be interested.
Farm Supervisor:
Distribution Coordinator:

FARM WORKER, SALTSPRING ISLAND

Farm: Earth Candy Farm
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

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:
claire.jutras mask gmail.com

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 giddyupgrass@gmail.com  telling us a little about yourself and why this opportunity appeals to you.

ORGANIC GARDENER

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 – companiongardens@gmail.com

unnamedBIKE DELIVERY AND MICROGREEN FARm Assistant 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • 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: ASAP (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

APPLICATION:

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:
aaron@skyharvest.ca

http://www.skyharvest.ca