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 VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD NETWORKS – COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORK DEVELOPER

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFNs) represent the strength of community members, organizations, and agencies to collaborate on community-based food initiatives and programs that support food access and resilience at the neighbourhood level. VNFNs from across the city meet to collaborate, share best practices and advocate for food justice with a unified voice.

The VNFNs are looking for a highly-organized individual with a passion for food justice to support their organizational objectives of 1) External Communications, 2) Long-term Financial Sustainability, 3), and Internal communications including, governance and administration.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with food security and food justice, particularly within the Vancouver context
  • Strong connections in the local food movement and the ability to cultivate collaboration within and across sectors
  • Strong experience in communications, including graphic design (adobe suite), website maintenance, social media, etc.
  • Past experience in project coordination, fundraising, and grant writing
  • Creative and resourceful thinking , able to leverage finite resources to meet objectives

Roles and Responsibilities:

External Communications: 30%

  • Help create and manage all external communications including social media & blog posts, website updates, press releases, brochures, posters, etc.
  • Manage the VNFN’s public email account and respond to public inquiries

Fund Development and Fundraising: 30%

  • Help to build and maintain relationships with funders
  • Support fundraising initiatives (raffles, business partnerships, etc.) and grant applications

Internal Communications (incl. governance and administration) 40%

  • Handle all emails and correspondence
  • Organize bimonthly meetings, agendas, minutes, and following-up on action items
  • Track and reporting on the VNFN strategic plan and budget
  • Collect and pay VNFN invoices
  • Assist with updates to the VNFN terms of reference, as needed
  • Manage the VNFN google groups account, organizing and maintaining a Drop-Box folder to facilitate efficient internal communication and information sharing between VNFNs
  • Develop and facilitate an orientation process for new VNFN members

Rate of Pay: $28.00 per hour

Job Duration: Average of 8hr/week (flexibility required based on work) beginning in August

Deadline for Applications: July 1, 2017 (shortlisted applicants will be notified mid July)

The VNFN supports an affirmative action hiring process.

Please forward cover letter & resume to: info@vancouverfoodnetworks.com with subject line “VNFN Communications and Network Developer”

We thank all applicants, only those short listed will be contacted.

2017 Program Assistant Canada Summer Jobs

Position Title: Growing Chefs! Program Assistant
Canada Summer Jobs
Reporting to:  Program Manager
Term:               9 weeks at 30 hours/week; may occasionally include evenings and weekends.
Start Date:      July 4th, 2017

Overall Summary
Growing Chefs! is excited to bring on a Program Assistant to support our Growing Chefs! Classroom Gardening and Cooking program. Our Program Assistant will support our front-line program teams, provide administrative assistance and lead community outreach efforts.

This position is a 9-week full-time contract funded by the Canada Summer Jobs initiative. Candidates must be returning full-time students to be eligible. Please visit the Canada Summer Jobs to see the list of eligibility requirements.

In this key support role, the Program Assistant will be responsible for supporting and enriching the volunteer program, as well as contributing to the administration of Growing Chefs! It will offer the successful candidate an inside view of the workings of a non-profit environment, and provide valuable training and job skills applicable to both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

We are looking for an individual passionate about food sustainability and working with children and volunteers to help our front-line program facilitators to maximize their experience with Growing Chefs! We are also seeking a candidate keen to assist with the support and development of our non-profit administrative tasks.

This position is based in Vancouver.  Commitment is 30hrs/ week—may occasionally include evenings and weekends. Hourly rate is $13/hr.  The anticipated start date is July 4th.

Responsibilities

Program Coordination:

  • Assist with volunteer recruitment, training, and coordination, including but not limited to answering volunteer and teacher inquiries, calling volunteer candidates and volunteer references, organizing volunteer and teacher data.
  • Assist with volunteer and teacher training, set-up and delivery of volunteer and teacher orientation sessions.
  • Act as a liaison between volunteer teams and Growing Chefs! staff and provide assistance to volunteer teams in planning and delivering the Growing Chefs! lessons.
  • Coordinate, organize, set up, deliver, and maintain program equipment.
  • Assist with program administrative duties, such as volunteer and teacher sign ups, and volunteer and teacher contact information.
  • Perform other duties, as needed.

Administration

  • Assist with administrative duties, such as filing, data entry, reporting, scheduling, and other duties as needed.
  • Assist with the entry of volunteer information in Salesforce (familiarity with Salesforce an asset).

Communications/ Fundraising

  • Generate content and update social media sites, online postings, blog, and website.
  • Assist with layout graphic design and production of Annual Report
  • Assist with administrative support, coordination, marketing and promotion of Growing Chefs! fundraising campaigns and events
  • Perform other duties as required.

Community Outreach

  • Participate in and coordinate Growing Chefs! community outreach workshops and community events.
  • Attend community outreach events and host Growing Chefs! outreach tables and festival booths.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Potential candidates should possess:

  • Experience working with a volunteer base and an understanding of volunteer relations.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent organization skills, ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Experience working with children and youth in an educational environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Documents, and MailChimp
  • A passion for supporting local and urban agriculture.

Additional skills an asset:

  • Basic knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop
  • Basic knowledge of SalesForce
  • Experience in community outreach and community events
  • An understanding of data management and constituent relationship management
  • An understanding of online and offline marketing and promotions
  • Driver’s License

References and a criminal record check related to working with children will be required.

We welcome your cover letter and resume at admin@growingchefs.ca. Please quote “Growing Chefs – Program Assistant Summer Jobs” in the subject line and articulate your interest and how you meet this position criteria. Please submit your resume and cover letter as one single PDF document.

Our anticipated start date is July 4th, so we will be conducting interviews as applications come in.

SOLE FARMER’S MARKET LEAD

 

Organizational Background

Sole Food Farms is an internationally recognized social enterprise that transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables. Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.

Position Description

The Farmers Market Lead will work under the Distribution Coordinator and Farm Manager to oversee the sales of produce at our farmers markets stands in the Vancouver and assist twice a week with post-harvest processing of our produce in preparation for markets and restaurants. The markets run Wednesdays, Thursdays, and one Saturday per month from June until October. This person will be responsible for collecting produce from the farm and taking it to market using our one-ton truck, the setup and tear down of the Sole Food booth, merchandising of the displays and sampling during market, managing the market assistant, handling cash, and tracking the sales of product to meet market goals. On the farm, duties will include post-harvest processing, packing produce for markets, and helping with general clean up the processing station.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Attend Main Street (Wed), Downtown (Thurs), and one Trout Lake Market (Sat) per month.
  • Pick up and return market produce to the farm using a one-ton truck
  • Set up, tear down, and management of booth at farmers markets
  • Washing Rubbermaid totes used for produce (including after Thursday market)
  • Merchandising of produce display according to our standards
  • Managing market assistants, and ensure sampling throughout the market
  • Maintenance of accurate records of all sales activities.
  • Aid in post-harvest processing of all farm produce; this includes washing, weighing, recording, and quality/consistency control of all farm produce. (Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Bunch produce (ex. carrots or kale) in a consistent and quick manner.
  • Report any issues with produce quality to the DC.
  • Pack farmers market and restaurant produce as directed by the DC.

Skills and Requirements

  • MUST have Valid drivers’ license with a clean record, and ability to drive one-ton truck.
  • Minimum 2 years sales experience, preferably with local food.
  • Cash handling
  • Enjoy working and speaking with the public
  • Outgoing and conversational attitude (a MUST)
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Able to lift heavy objects (up to 50 lbs)
  • Strong interpersonal and supervisory skills with ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Sense of humor and patience.
  • Can work quickly and with minimal supervision; fast learner.
  • Works in a clean, organized, and orderly manner
  • Must be comfortable in a fast paced, time-sensitive environment like that of a busy kitchen.

Sole Food Farms is an innovative social enterprise that operates one of North America’s largest urban farms to provide support to people facing barriers.

Position begins immediately, averages 34 hours per week Tuesday-Friday with the one Saturday Market per month. Start times will vary, but the willingness to begin at 6:30 am is a must. The candidate will be classified as Farm Worker under BC Employment standards and may be required to work up to 45 hours per week during peak harvest season to get our produce to its home.

In addition to a competitive wage, benefits include deep discounts on produce and working outside with a bunch of amazing people.

Potential candidates will be contacted for interview as applications are received. This seasonal position will start immediately. For the right person, seasonal renewal is an option. This posting will remain active until the right person is found.

Compensation includes an hourly wage and deep discounts on produce. Please email a cover letter and resume to:
info mask solefoodfarms.com

SOUL FOOD FARM PROCESSING ASSISTANT

Organizational Background

Sole Food Farms is an internationally recognized social enterprise that transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables. Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.

Position Description

The Farm Processing Assistant (FPA) works under the Distribution Coordinator (DC) and Farm Manager to aid in the post-harvest processing of all farm produce. The successful applicant will thrive in a fast-paced environment where they are challenged to maintain quality assurance of our product, prepare items for farmers markets and restaurant orders, wash totes used for produce, and maintain cleanliness and organization of the processing station at the end of each shift.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Aid in post-harvest processing of all farm produce; this includes washing, weighing, recording, and quality/consistency control of all farm produce.
  • Bunch produce (ex. carrots or kale) in a consistent and quick manner.
  • Report any issues with produce quality to the DC.
  • Pack farmers market and restaurant produce as directed by the DC.
  • Wash Rubbermaid totes used to harvest and store produce
  • Clean the processing station at the end of each shift, and take compost to pile.
  • Any other farm tasks: including harvest, raking, weeding, etc. if time permits and as directed by management.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years experience handling food; either direct farm processing experience, commercial kitchen or industrial food preparation.
  • Understanding of produce standards expected in high-end kitchens an asset.
  • Keen attention to detail, see variations in quality of product or bunch size.
  • Can work quickly and with minimal supervision; fast learner.
  • Works in a clean, organized, and orderly manner
  • Must be comfortable in a fast paced, time-sensitive environment similar to that of a busy kitchen.

Sole Food Farms is an innovative social enterprise that operates one of North America’s largest urban farms to provide support to people facing barriers.

The position of Processing Assistant is an hourly position classified as a Farm Worker under BC Employment standards that may be required to work up to 60 hours per week during peak harvest season to get our produce to its home. A typical work schedule is 6:30am–4:30pm, Mon-Fri (June-September) but expect that some days may require more. Hours will be reduced to part-time in the off peak season.

In addition to a competitive wage, benefits include deep discounts on produce and working outside with a bunch of amazing people.

Potential candidates will be contacted for interview as they are identified. This seasonal position will start immediately. For the right person, seasonal renewal is an option. This posting will remain active until the position is filled.

Send Cover Letter and Resume to: info mask solefoodfarms.com


GIBSONS COMMUNITY BUILDING SOCIETY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

The Gibsons Community Building Society (GCBS) which operates Gibsons Public Market (GPM) is a non-profit organization registered through the BC Society Act. The Society is committed to building a strong, engaged community on the Sunshine Coast. GCBS is engaged in the final stages of a 13500 sf facility which will operate year round, 6 days a week as a public market and community hub.

Position

Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the ED will have full strategic and operational responsibility for Gibsons Community Building Society staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plan of the Public Market and Marine Education Centre. The ED will also sit on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and attend all Board of Governors meetings.

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For more information, please visit www.gibsonscommunitybuildingsociety.org 

SHADY ACRE FIELD ASSISTANT

Location: Richmond, BC

Shady Acre Farm is a 1/2 acre mixed vegetable farm in Richmond, BC. Farmed by Karly Pinch, it is a sustainably farmed vegetable operation in its second season, selling predominantely through a 50member CSA program and weekly summer market. For more information on the farm, visit us 
online at shadyacrefarm.com

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Timely and efficient harvest of various vegetable crops
• Post-harvest handling – washing, packaging, packing of CSA boxes
• Other field tasks as required – weeding, transplanting, planting, etc

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Ability to work quickly and independently
• Physically fit, able to lift 40+lbs and work full days standing and doing hard labour in all kinds
of weather
• Interest in small scale and sustainable agriculture
• No experience necessary, but some experience gardening or working with growing vegetables is
useful

COMPENSATION & DETAILS:

• Min 7, max 15 hours per week - must be able to work Wednesdays 7:30am-2:30pm (other hours
are flexible, but preferred Tuesday)
• Starting pay: $11/hr + vegetables - end of season bonus of $200
• Start date: June 27; end date mid-October.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email your resume and a cover letter (1 document, PDF) outlining your interest in the 
position and why you think you'd be a good fit to Karly at: shadyacrefarm@gmail.com
Deadline for applications: June 18, 2017

Chef POSITION

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

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BIKE DELIVERY AND MICROGREEN FARM ASSISTANT 

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

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

·       1 Part-time & 1 full-time Contract position available (16-35 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 the full time position having additional days including alternating weekend shifts. 
·       Start time: Mid-July (interviewing immediately)
·       Pay: Starting pay is $12/hr + weekly microgreens AND end of contract bonus $.50/hr retroactive pay & HIVE climbing pass
·       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 usa resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to:
aaron@skyharvest.ca

http://www.skyharvest.ca    
Position- Work Exchange/ Practicum student

Sky Harvest is looking for 2 volunteers to pitch in during harvest, which takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Interested applicants can assist either or any mornings in exchange for microgreens.

Volunteer tasks would include (listed in priority):

  • Helping to clean our space and equipment
  • Getting your hands dirty, literally…we are soil-based growers
  • Preparing trays for planting
  • Mixing soils
  • Conducting some planting
  • General labour and projects ie. Building growing shelves

APPLICATION:

Please submit an introduction of yourself, why you think you would 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