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Fresh Roots – Youth Empowerment Manager

Good Food For All

Everyone should have access to healthy land, food, and community. Fresh Roots enacts this vision by cultivating engaging gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration. Fresh Roots stewards 1/2-acre market gardens on school grounds across the lower mainland. Our fields produce good food for the community, empower youth through vocational skills development, and serve as experiential learning outdoor classrooms for over 6000 students each year.

Fresh Roots’ Youth Empowerment Pillar

Youth Empowerment, Good Food, and Experiential Learning are Fresh Roots’ core programmatic pillars. Youth Empowerment programs use food and farming to equip high school aged youth with the skills, knowledge and ways of thinking that enable them to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Leadership and employment training are at the core of all Youth Empowerment programs. Our programming is centered around the four R’s: responsibility, rigor, relationships, and relevance, which establish a foundation for meaningful and transformative learning and growth. In 2015 Fresh Roots hired 4 youth as a pilot in our programs; in 2018, we hired 47 youth across three sites. Huzzah!

What You’ll Do

In this role, you will manage our Youth Empowerment Pillar, infusing your work with joy in order to make large scale systems change. You’ll oversee the expansion of our programs to new schools and school districts (currently in Vancouver, Delta, and Coquitlam) and help ensure that our program teams have the skills, training, and capacity to run our programs across multiple locations. We’re looking for you to help listen, learn, and grow youth empowerment into the future. If you are ready to cultivate innovative and unique programs that inspire youth to realize their power and potential, then this is the place for you. In your role, you will:

Help Current Programs Thrive

·     Hire, mentor, and support program facilitators, in part by role modelling across our sites.
·     Recruit students in partnership with school districts: Coquitlam, Vancouver, Delta.
·     Recruit teachers with school districts.
·     Lead summer and afterschool programs across districts.
·     Implementation and ongoing development of evaluation framework.
·     Manage integration of after-school programming.
·     Organize and celebrate our fall and spring through youth events such as the Apple Cider Press Fest, and South Vancouver Harvest Festival.

Grow and Expand Our Programs

·     Formalize year-round programming: youth recruitment, program development, logistics.
·     Formalize alternative education program to support youth in partnership with school districts.
·     Formalize programming to allow for expansion to new school districts and sites.
·     Work with the Executive Director to understand resource needs for successful growth.
·     Support Executive Director in grant and proposal writing for new programs.


·     Relevant post-secondary diploma or equivalent experience. Social work, counselling, or teaching degrees an asset.
·     At least five years of applied, real world experience in a relevant field working with high school aged youth (e.g. teaching, camp director, program manager).
·     Experience with farming, gardening, and food systems.

Required Skills

·     Program Development: You have ideas about current and new programs, how to best implement them; and then you work with a team to make them happen.
·     Facilitation: You love leading 30 high school youth in various activities, negotiating adolescence.
·     Managing: You will be hiring, training, and managing staff across locations to support afterschool and summer programs.
·     Relationship Development: You will inspire the school community to join this movement.
·     Must have a class five driver’s license.

Key Details

·     $42,000 – 50,000 annualized, full time Feb – Nov; part time Dec./Jan; Benefits
·     The Youth Empowerment Manager reports to the Executive Director.

How to Apply

E-mail a short cover letter (500 words), resume, and sample of your work (in one document) to with your name and the name of the position in the subject. Review of applications will begin immediately upon reception. Preferred candidates are able to attend SOYL programming in August. In your cover letter, please indicate your availability to attend programs on August 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22; anytime from 9:30 – 1.
Diversity: Fresh Roots is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
We regret that due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Volunteer Coordinator Corporate & Community Groups

Want to make a difference in your community? Join our team and help us make our vision of accessible,
healthy and sustainable food for all a reality.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is seeking an experienced Food Sort Supervisor 
to join our team. This position will engage, inspire, supervise and train corporate and community/
individual group volunteers. The successful candidate will be expected to balance relationship 
building with corporate and community organizations as well as maintain the operational 
efficiency and accuracy of product in the warehouse sort areas.

An exceptional team leader with a strong knowledge of the organizations Vision, Mission, Values 
and goals. A team player with an aptitude to learn, willingness to contribute, and passion for
making a difference in the community.

Main Duties:
Working closely with the Order Accuracy Coordinator and the entire Operations team, the Food 
Sort Supervisor will:
• Engage corporate and community/individual group volunteers in awareness of the GVFB and its
programs through various engagement touch points including orientation, tour, and information
sharing. Working closely with Development and Communications to share information related
to both areas.
• Complete successfully internal operations training plan and orientation, within pre-determined
training schedules, completion, sign off and timelines.
• Manage on-line booking tool for group volunteer sessions and establish activities to be
completed during scheduled sort shifts.
• Provide orientation, support, supervision and leadership to corporate and community/individual
group volunteers, while providing guidance and direction as to tasks and activities to be
completed during their schedule.
• Develop and keep up-to-date appropriate materials including orientation packages, GVFB
reports, sort manuals, sort area signage, etc.
• Prepare the sorting areas with all tools and equipment required for volunteers to sort food and
other donated items successfully and accurately.
• Flag inventory levels in conjunction with Operations System Administrator to create
replenishment tasks for all program product ordering and production.
• Familiarize volunteers with safety and accuracy protocols, ensuring their comfort and safety in
the warehouse
• Ensure cleaning standards are met and adhere to recycling processes.
• Use SAP Business by Design solution in all goods movements, inbound, outbound, and internal
production tasks.
• Keep accurate records of corporate and community/individual group volunteer hours.
• Engage corporate and community/individual group volunteers and connect key contacts with
key staff. Communicate and liaise with staff as needed.
• Deliver any other such work duty as requested by the Operations Manager
• Work with Operations Department leadership and provide input for operations planning and
• Complete successfully internal operations training plan and orientation, within pre-determined
training schedules, completion, sign off and timelines.
• Reach targets, goals and Key Performance Indicators as set with Operations Manager. Discuss
and complete evaluation and engage in yearly performance reviews.

• Two years of group volunteer and/or facilitation experience.
• Proven track record of successfully working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
• Effective interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.
• Strong interpersonal, time management and organizational skills with dedicated attention to 
• Ability to work to deadlines and work evenings and weekends as required.
• Computer skills, Knowledge with Windows suite, including familiarity with social media and
Microsoft Office.
• Experience within a not-for-profit environment or the food industry an asset.
• Valid class 5 BC Driver’s License an asset.
• Food Safe Level 1 is an asset.
• Experience with SAP software an asset.
• Knowledge and experience with MRP, IMS and barcode systems is an asset.

Physical Requirements
• Physically fit and have the ability to lift up to 50lbs on a consistent basis.
• May need to sit or stand as needed. May require walking on a leveled surface throughout the
• Strong voice delivery as requires ongoing information sharing in a warehouse setting.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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Food and Education Coordinator – Community Kitchens Program

Working closely with the Food and Education team, the Food and Education Coordinator – Community Kitchens Program will promote and support food literacy through community kitchens and advocate for a stronger spectrum of health and wellness supports for the community.  More specifically, this role is responsible for establishing, nurturing,

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Project CHEF

Project CHEF Chef Instructor (Temporary Position)

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food, is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in kindergarten to grade seven that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table. Designed to

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Project CHEF Chef Instructor

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food, is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in kindergarten to grade seven that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table. Designed to

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Project CHEF Chef Assistant

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Project CHEF Administrator

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MANAGER OF OPERATIONS (including food Programs)

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


  • 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

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


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 using the position title in the subject line.

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
-Weed whacking/mowing
-cleaning, sorting and packing vegetables
-filling restaurant orders
-seed saving
-cleaning eggs/chicken coops
-building maintenance
-machine maintenance
-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 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 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: 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:
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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  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.
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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 usa resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to: