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Program Lead – Suwa’lkh

 
Suwa’lkh Program · Coquitlam, British Columbia
Position Location: West Coquitlam

Application Deadline: February 24

The Position

In partnership with the Indigenous Education Department of School District 43, we have been developing and maintaining an outdoor education center that includes 7 acres of forest, a salmon-bearing stream, an orchard, a native plant nursery, and a small farm. We are looking for a person with connections to the local indigenous culture and plants who is interested in food production, environmental education, and youth empowerment! 

In this key role, the Suwa’lkh Program Lead will work to plan, run, and support all our different youth programs while continuing the ongoing maintenance and development of the site. This is a role with potential for growth and development, as well as longer-term employment.

As the Suwa’lkh Program Lead you will work with the Suwa’lkh Project Manager to:

  • Implement our crop plan including seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, harvest, and documentation
  • Run the weekly market stand on-site (May through October)
  • Run our native plant propagation program including plant propagation, sales, and distribution 
  • Lead youth in forest restoration work including the removal of invasive species, and planting of native plants
  • Lead youth in all activities pertaining to food production, harvest, preparation for our salad program, and sales at our market stand
  • Collaborate with our summer program staff to design and lead workshops for our summer programs
  • Facilitate curriculum-aligned programs for high-school classes using existing lesson plans
  • Help our Experiential Learning team lead Field Trips
  • Create new lesson plans for use in field trips and summer programs
  • Run events and other special activities in our community
  • Develop passive education opportunities such as signs and other materials
  • Maintain orchard and develop new learning sites in the forest
  • Maintain irrigation and farm tools

Qualifications

  • Experience in farming, gardening, or landscaping
  • Experience working with youth
  • Knowledge of native plants and First Nation traditions both a huge asset
  • Interest in farm, environmental, and/or food systems education
  • Able to teach farming/gardening and/or cooking skills to youth
  • Experience with sales or handling cash
  • Experience running Farmers Market stand is an asset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Organized with good attention to detail
  • Able to prioritize and balance many different tasks
  • Able to work independently and in a small team
  • Comfortable using and learning new technology, including Google Suite
  • Physically able and happy to work outdoors in all conditions for up to 8 hours a day
  • Able to work remotely from home or another suitable location
  • Driver’s License required
  • Able to pass a criminal record check 
  • Must meet Canada Summer Jobs Requirements
  • FoodSafe certification an asset

Key Details

  • Location: West Coquitlam, remote work will also be required.
  • Pay rate: $17.00-$18.75 per hour.
  • Hours: 32-40 hours per week, season dependent.
  • Dates: March 15th – November 1st, with the possibility of an extension

How to Apply

Submit a short cover letter (500 words) and resume using the link on this page.  The review of applications will begin on February 1st. Candidates will be asked to provide 3 references at the time of the final interview.

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.

About Fresh Roots

We believe in Good Food for All! Fresh Roots cultivates educational farms and programs where students dig into meaningful connections with the land, food, and each other, inspiring communities to build just food systems.


About the Suwa’lkh School Program

With 7 acres of forest and a salmon-bearing stream, fruit tree orchard, and food production farm, this little piece of heaven in the heart of commercial West Coquitlam hosts an alternative school for underserved urban youth and the Indigenous Education Department of SD43. Here we use First People’s Ways of Knowing and Being to teach our youth and create young leaders. Our programs include food production, weekly salad program, native plant propagation, forest restoration, weekly market, field trips, field classes, summer leadership program, and more!

 

Quest Food Exchange – Executive Director

 

Exploring a Virtual Circular Food Economy connecting Racialized Residents and Foodpreneurs in Surrey, B.C – Request for Quote

About DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (DIVERSEcity)

DIVERSEcity’s mandate is to support immigrants and refugees and other diverse communities to build the life they want in Canada. For 40 years DIVERSEcity has contributed to the development of inclusive and diverse communities in Surrey and beyond. The organization is rooted within the community, building partnerships that enable the provision of culturally responsive, wraparound services to support the livelihoods of refugees and immigrants through settlement, employment and social enterprise, clinical counselling and language programs. DIVERSEcity also supports community capacity building projects and research that enables systems accessed by refugee and immigrants to become more equitable across Surrey and B.C more broadly.

Racial inequity in Surrey food systems means an estimated 43,463 racialized residents are food insecure, lacking access to culturally appropriate affordable foods. In response to the emerging food security issues from the impacts of COVID-19, DIVERSEcity’s Food Security Programming has pivoted from traditional offerings (Community Kitchens and Gardens, food and health literacy and advocacy) to meet the urgent and emerging food needs of refugee and immigrant community members through food accessibility programs and working collaboratively with community partners to support local food hubs. DIVERSEcity is looking to further its role in responding to the food security and justice needs of its community and supporting current community-led food security and justice initiatives through the development of an informed social enterprise.

The Project

A thorough needs and asset assessment of the current Food Security initiatives DIVERSEcity provides, coupled with a stakeholder engagement survey with key partners has informed DIVERSEcity’s role and development of a food justice based social enterprise concept. This informed DIVERSEcity’s successful application to receive funding from the Vancouver Foundation’s Investment Readiness Fund to implement a project that is an ideation and desirability study to understand if a recovered food online marketplace connecting Surrey “foodpreneurs” to racialized resident-led food security initiatives addresses food insecurity.

This project aims to obtain local data/deep user insight to check solution alignment to need and to formalize the concept into a clearer idea. Little local data is available other than anecdotal evidence or estimates from other jurisdictional data. This will provide capacity within the organization to position business planning and business development in a circular food economy.

Statement of Work

The investment readiness continuum is a non-linear spectrum between the conception of an idea, its implementation and investment readiness.  Food insecurity is a significant issue that effects the livelihoods of refugee and immigrant communities, which has been further compounded by the effects of COVID-19. Canada defines five stages in this continuum with different skills and supports required at each stage. This project falls into the category of Early Stage Innovation: Exploration and ideation of the initiative – aligning a proposed solution to an identified need.

Aim of Project:

Using a design thinking approach, to validate whether a virtual circular food economy promoting platform and online marketplace aligns to the needs of newcomer/racialized residents and foodpreneurs and further ideate it to ensure it fosters food security.

Objectives:

– Investigate the main difficult to access foods that are a priority for newcomers in each of the Surrey neighbourhoods and whether or not co-operative buying power would support access.

– Explore appetite for and feasibility of bulk buying clubs as a mechanism for food security and food justice organizing and related platform functionality.

– Profile racialized/newcomer foodpreneurs in Surrey, assessing interest for involvement in the initiative and their needs in relation to meaningful contribution to a circular food economy.

– Carry out an initial exploration of: feasibility, potential for growth, an ethical supply chain and potential collaboration for the Strategic Impact Focus Stage.

– Create a prototype for further testing and feasibility assessment to move the project into the Strategic Impact Focus stage.

Activities:

– Community engagement focus groups for user insight
– Supplier engagement survey and focus groups
– Desk research on: Surrey business profile, market research, operational/technical feasibility, growth forecasts, potential models, ethical supply chain, software solutions
– Facilitation of Working Group to drive engagement strategy and develop prototype
– Data analysis and writing of final research report
– Reporting to funder and involvement in IRP developmental evaluation.

The proposed project would include:

– Formation of and capacity-building for a Working Group of racialized community members from refugee and immigrant backgrounds to guide the project with an emphasis on food insecurity risk groups: members of the Black community, refugee newcomers, youth, single mothers, seniors, individuals living with a disability, members of the LGBTQIA+ community. An Advisory Group will be added at a later stage.

– Partner organizations who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) led in the community engagement

– Use of participatory/experiential methods for collaboration, democratic and culturally responsive process/deep user insight of the communities of interest.

– Provision of first language support, where required, to ensure full participation of individuals with low English.

DIVERSEcity is looking for qualified contractors to provide a Quotation for this Work based on this Statement of Work. The contract term will be, February 1st- June 1st 2021. The maximum budget for the consultancy fee is $35,000. Project support costs (honorariums and interpretational and translation for participants) is in addition and will be coordinated internally by DIVERSEcity.

Submission Details:

Contractors must have

  • Bachelors degree in related field with combination of relevant experience

  • Demonstrable business feasibility planning and development experience, ideally for food-based businesses/social enterprises

  • Demonstrable understanding of the intersection between racism and food insecurity, ideally with experience in developing projects/businesses that address this

  • Understanding of migration and settlement experience:

  • Research, evaluation and report writing experience:

  • Project coordination/management experience:

  • Prior experience working with marginalized or vulnerable populations;

  • Experience with anti-oppression and trauma-informed research practice

     

    Qualified contractors interested in bidding on this Work should submit a Quote (2 pages maximum) detailing their:

    • Interest in the Statement of Work

    • Basic approach to the Work

    • Relevant experience in Work similar in scope, size and content (Provide samples, links, references to evidence this experience)

    • Value Adds

      Please send responses to:

      Laura Mannix, Director of Community Development- lmannix@dcrs.ca by February 22nd, 2021

Coalition for Healthy School Food Communications Coordinator 

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is seeking a creative and experienced Communications Coordinator to support the Coalition in communicating its mission and promoting its members’ work by engaging diverse audiences through a variety of platforms, this can include management and content creation for the website, social media, public campaigns, meetings, infographics and communication materials in both
French and English.

This position is for a one year, full-time contract, for a salary of $44,800 plus benefits.

About the Coalition for Healthy School Food
The Coalition for Healthy School Food, a growing network of health, education, Indigenous and environmental organizations, is seeking federal investment in a cost-shared universal healthy school food program that would see all children having daily access to healthy food at school. The Coalition’s efforts are driven by its core staff as well as its organizational members. Our 145+ members in every province and territory use the Coalition’s messages and materials to advocate for funding and support at federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal levels as well as to learn from each other’s best practices.The Coalition is hosted by Food Secure Canada.

About the Communications Coordinator Position
The Communications Coordinator will support the Coalition’s efforts to communicate with and engage diverse audiences including federal, provincial, and territorial governments, municipalities, health professionals, parents, students, community organizations and the
media, as well as to communicate with and animate its own membership and individuals who have signed up for Coalition updates. In addition to being adept at diverse digital communications approaches, the Communications Coordinator will regularly be in touch with Coalition members in order to respond to their communications needs, and to collaborate with them to develop materials that support member engagement and advocacy. With the input of Coalition members, and supervised by the Coalition’s Coordinator, and supported by Food Secure Canada’s Communication Manager, the Communications Coordinator will create and manage content for the Coalition’s website and social media, in both French and English, including infographics and other communication tools.

More specific tasks include (all to be completed in both English and French):

● Develop and implement a Communications Plan to identify priority audiences and best approaches to reach them.
● Create and disseminate communications and digital materials that effectively convey messages to diverse audiences such as social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) promotional materials, and digital materials, videos, infographics, newsletters, and blog posts.
● Perform regular media monitoring.
● Manage and update the Coalition website – healthyschoolfood.ca.
● Assist in content creation for other projects, such as knowledge sharing webinars and meetings, e-learning and conferences.
● Translate content from English to French (most often), and French to English.
● Monitor key online metrics to track success and areas to improve
● Support the Coalition coordinator with media relations and media communication materials.
● Maintain and update the Coalition members database on the civicrm system.
● Support Coalition Chapters with communication tasks.
● Any other communications related tasks

Requirements:
● University or College degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or public relations (or other relevant field of study) and at least 2 years of relevant work experience.
● Good knowledge in developing and managing website content.
● Excellent written and oral communication skills in both in French and English.
● Strong attention to detail and proofreading.
● Demonstrated knowledge of marketing and digital media best practices.
● Strong listening abilities and an interest in working collaboratively.
● Ability to work within multiple deadlines and effectively manage workload.

Assets:
● Graphic design, art or photography skills.
● Experience and good knowledge in Search Engine Optimization and Analytics;
● Experience with CRM database
● An interest in school food and food systems.
● Experience working with the not-for-profit sector, with networks, coalitions or membership-based organizations.
● Experience working with national, provincial, regional and local media.

Contract length: 12 months, starting March 1, 2021.
Salary: $44,850 plus benefits
This position is five days a week, 7,5 hours per day, for a one year contract (with the possibility of extension). Candidates interested in a four day per week contract can be accommodated. The Coalition’s head office is in Montreal, but the role can be performed from any location in Canada. To accommodate meetings, the Communication Coordinator needs to be available some afternoons until 5 pm EST.

The Coalition for Healthy School Food and Food Secure Canada are committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion. Through our processes and practices we are working to eliminate barriers to employment for people who are usually underrepresented in Canada’s workforce and encourage diverse candidates to apply, including Indigenous People, those with disabilities, racialized persons, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

To Apply:
Please submit the following to Debbie Field, Coalition for Healthy School Food Coordinator, with the subject heading titled ‘Coalition Communications Coordinator 2021’, by email to schoolfood@foodsecurecanada.org. Materials can be in English or French:
– A cover letter (in French and English if possible)
– Your CV or resumé
– A few past examples of social media, communication plans or graphics you have designed.
Application Deadline: February 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST.

Development Officer at ​Food Stash Foundation

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Officer will enter this newly established role at Food Stash Foundation and be responsible for the planning, development, growth, and successful execution of all of Food Stash’s development activities including but not limited to: creation of a formal development strategy, donor relation activities, corporate sponsorship programs, fundraising campaigns, events, and special projects. As the main fundraiser for Food Stash, the Development Officer will identify and deliver against funding needs for programming and operating functions to scale our impact. The Development Officer will bring strength in relationship building and influence that attracts new and retains existing donors while also bringing innovative ideas and strategies to diversify revenue sources and build financial sustainability. The Development Officer will oversee planning and development towards Food Stash’s organizational goals on an annual basis.

About Us: ​Food Stash Foundation is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2016 with the two fold mission to reduce the environmental impact of food waste and bridge the food insecurity gap within our community. We do so by rescuing surplus perishable food directly from suppliers and redistributing it to charities and households in our community that experience food insecurity through various delivery-based programs. Whether it is through our Rescued Food Box Program—delivering weekly food boxes right to the doorsteps of our members—or through our partnerships with other local non-profit food security programs that receive surplus food, we are on a mission to feed people and waste less food. Join a growing organization and team of passionate individuals making a difference here in Vancouver.

Opportunities: ​1 in 7 Canadians​ (14.6%) experience food insecurity, up from 10.5% pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, 5​ 8%​ of food produced in Canada is lost or wasted. If food waste was a country, it would be the ​3rd largest greenhouse gas emitter​ on the planet. Since COVID-19, the cracks in our food system have been exacerbated and brought to the forefront, underscoring the crucial need for systemic change if we are to attain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which include cutting food waste by 50% by 2030. Here at Food Stash, we believe that change can happen at the local level, especially as we navigate this post-pandemic world where there are as many challenges as there are opportunities. As a small team with entrepreneurial spirit, we seek to bridge the immediate gap between valuable food going to waste and people going hungry through our programs and operations. At the same time, we leverage our on-the-ground knowledge to educate and to advocate for change for an equitable food future for all, while acknowledging that so much more must be done to address the root causes of poverty and waste. As we enter our 5th year in operation this year, we are uniquely positioned to scale our impact in unique, creative, new, and meaningful ways while also planning a significant move into our own warehouse space in Vancouver by early 2021. 

Reporting & Team Relationships: ​The Development Officer will report to Food Stash’s Executive Director. They will also collaborate with other team members as it relates to their duties including the Program Manager who oversees Food Stash’s PR and Communications strategy.

Main Responsibilities

The Development Officer will:

  • Plan, implement, communicate, and evaluate a Development Strategy that includes key components such as; major donor, corporate and business, foundation, grants, fundraising campaigns, and special project efforts and that meets Food Stash Foundation’s funding needs;

  • Develop and facilitate strategic plans for existing and prospective donors for cultivation and stewardship based on their philanthropic interests, past giving, and capacity;

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director on grant applications and ongoing reporting processes for all grants including compliance with funder reporting and program requirements;

  • Oversee information systems including a donor profile database and funder files

  • Collaborate with key members of the Board of Directors, particularly those on the Financial Committee of the Board

  • Work with the Program Manager and other team members to ensure timely production of the annual report, donor newsletters, and other development publications as well as the identification of new content and materials that lend to the development strategy and framework

    Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Food Stash Foundation.

    The Development Officer will have:

● A bold commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Food Stash Foundation;

● An ability to lead the development strategy for a charitable organization with an annual budget over $500,000;

● Strong project management skills with the ability to work independently and as a self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit;

● An ability to create powerful, compelling written and oral communication for fundraising and present it in an engaging way to external stakeholders;

● An ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials;

● An ability to utilize influence skills to create a win-win situation and respond appropriately to key stakeholders for positive outcomes;

● Discretion in managing and maintaining confidential records;

● An ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner by gathering and analyzing information efficiently;

● An ability to plan and organize, to prioritize work activities, use time effectively, and develop realistic action plans;

● An ability to work with diverse staff and stakeholders through a teamwork lens;

● An ability to meet multiple deadlines and demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness;

● An understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and practices;

● Comfort with ambiguity and an ability to thrive in a fluid, entrepreneurial environment, and willingness to “roll up the sleeves”

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position and a minimum of 3 years professional fundraising experience is preferred, o​r equivalent experience or combination of education and experience.

Type: ​Full-time, permanent Start Date:​ As soon as possible

Salary and Benefits: ​Salary is commensurate with experience. Extended health and dental plan available.

Location: ​The Development Officer will predominantly work virtually and remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic unless duties require on-site activity. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, the Development Officer will be expected to work from a dedicated co-working space or Food Stash headquarters in Vancouver on a mutually agreed upon basis between themselves and the Executive Director.

Application Process: ​Food Stash is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume​. Cover letters must be responsive to the mission of Food Stash Foundation, the opportunities on the horizon, and the experiences you bring to the table that will support Food Stash in reaching ambitious goals. ​Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, please email your application to Julia Hunter at director@foodstash.ca​. Only short-listed candidates will be contacte

SUSTAINABLE & ORGANIC FARMING – Farm Operations Director

Sole Food Street Farms is seeking a Director of Farm Operations to manage and work alongside a large staff including long-time employees and volunteers. The position will be expected to actively participate in all day-to-day activities with employees in addition to applicable administration work. The right candidate will be production driven, but also socially engaged and excited about working with diverse groups of people in an urban environment.

Who We Are:

Sole Food Street Farms is an internationally recognized social enterprise that transforms vacant urban land into street farms. 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. Mission-based staff are provided with basic agriculture training and employed at the farm according to their individual capacity. Some participants excel in this environment, but the project is intended to allow for the “ups and downs” of people facing multiple barriers such as addiction, mental health issues, poverty, and housing insecurity.

With few significant food production farms within the city, Sole Food provides educational opportunities, a place to learn new skills and an opportunity for self-growth. In 2020 Sole Food consolidated its farm operations onto a single 3.1-acre site in Vancouver’s Olympic Village neighborhood. The farm supplies fresh food to inner city residents through a donations program and markets its produce to restaurants and farmer’s markets, modeling high quality and intensive urban agriculture while providing low-barrier employment to inner city residents

The Position

The successful candidate will work closely with the outgoing Director of Farm Operations and Executive Director to implement Sole Food’s seasonal farm plan and manage time and staffing to efficiently meet production requirements The right person will be an experienced organic grower who is eager to jump right in, and excited about the prospect of growing into a challenging and very fulfilling role. The candidate should be ready to make a multi-year commitment to our organization.

Specific Responsibilities

Farm Site Management

  • Maintain steady harvest flow for four farmers’ markets, CSA and twice-weekly restaurant deliveries
  • Ensure consistent and timely harvests of quality produce
  • Help with post-harvest processing as needed
  • Communicate product availability to Distribution Coordinator for use in sales decisions
  • Create and submit to Executive Director a detailed annual crop plan including rotations, planting map, greenhouse seeding, seed inventory, and plant and seed orders
  • Maintain seed inventory/ordering and manage propagation
  • Maintain soil health, weed management and cultivation, monitor for pests and diseases issues, and manage all irrigation
  • Maintain all sites in a clean and orderly fashion
  • Address theft and/or vandalism
  • Maintenance of all farm equipment and facilities, supervision of repair and maintenance work
  • Maintain accurate records of all farm activities

Staff Management

  • Create weekly work schedule for farm site staff, farmers’ market, CSA, farm volunteers.
  • Adjust workflow to fit the needs of the farm and staff availability
  • With other managers, help plan staff retreats, staff meetings, staff parties, weekly and monthly workshops, training, and community engagement opportunities.
  • Oversee the work of support staff (Distribution Coordinator, Market Staff, Farm Supervisors) and mission-based farm staff
  • Ensure that Distribution Coordinator and Farm Supervisors have information, tools, supplies and support to do their jobs effectively
  • Create opportunities for staff recognition and appreciation
  • Encourage capacity building in all staff members to further organizational development and help staff realize their full potential
  • Lead on-farm training for support staff and mission-based staff who may be experiencing a wide range of complex barriers
  • Provide support to staff when needed and keep informed of staff well-being, needs, and concerns
  • Occasionally you may find yourself managing staff who are in crisis situations brought on by diverse problems. Trauma-informed Workplace and Indigenous Cultural Safety training will be provided, and you will have support available.

Other

  • Perform tours or other farm-related public activities as needed to support our fundraising and outreach goals.
  • Work with community partners to support programming for staff members
  • With Executive Director and Administrative Director, participate in budget planning for current and future years

Requirements

  • Minimum of 3+ years of agricultural production experience, with at least one year in a leadership role
  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainable and organic production
  • Experience with irrigation, basic farm tools/equipment, and basic mechanics/plumbing/carpentry skills
  • Strong organizational skills including multi-tasking, prioritizing, planning, and effective time management
  • Motivated, flexible and able to work independently
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations is a big plus
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Access to computer and phone
  • Be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Patient and compassionate with a good sense of humour and excellent interpersonal skills.

Fluency in spoken Spanish and/or Kiswahili a plus.

This is a full-time position beginning ASAP in 2021. Workflow will vary according to operational requirements. Must be available to work weekends and occasional evenings as needed. Annual salary range starts at $47850 with room to grow. Two weeks paid vacation and seasonal flex-time, extended health benefits, and discounts on farm products. Our staff come from all walks of life and we believe our management team should reflect this, BIPOC and LGBTQ2 applicants are encouraged to apply.

Please send resume, cover letter and three work-related references to info@solefoodfarms.com . Please include Farm Operations Application in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and this posting will remain open until a candidate has been selected.

 
 

Fresh Roots – Youth Positions

About Fresh Roots

We believe in Good Food for All! Everyone should have access to healthy food, land, and community. We work **For most positions, applicants must meet Canada Summer Jobs requirements

Fresh Roots is actively seeking folks who are excited about working with our:
🥕 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM – SUMMER DAY CAMPS & FIELD TRIPS
🥕 SOYL (Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership) PROGRAM
🥕 GOOD FOOD PROGRAM – growing food!

Learn more and apply! https://lnkd.in/eKKysj4

EYA Roots & Shoots Internship:

Paid Environmental Career Development Opportunity (February 2021 – July 2021)

Job Title: ​Roots & Shoots Internship, Roots & Shoots Program Hours:​ ​30 hrs/wk, 10am – 4pm
Dates: ​February 16th – July 16th (Tuesday – Saturday weekly) (10 – Week Land-based Program February 16 – April 24; 12-Week Work Placement April 26 -July 16)

Wages​: $14.60 per hour

What we do

The Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) helps youth living in the Downtown Eastside to connect with nature, grow new skills, and make new friends. Our programs empower youth to grow native plants and create gardens that help birds, bees, and other wildlife survive in Vancouver’s urban neighbourhoods. To find out more visit ​http://www.eya.ca

[COVID-19 UPDATE]​ EYA is planning for in-person programs with some changes to keep you and your family safe, including small group sizes, wearing masks, outdoor activities, 2-metre physical distancing, no sharing of gloves, mass sanitation of tools, frequent hand-washing, and safely-prepared pre-packaged lunches. We’re carefully monitoring updates from health authorities – if it isn’t possible to run in-person programs, we will adapt our programs as needed.

Position Overview

Do you enjoy working outside and learning from the land? Would you like to connect with community experts and knowledge keepers to deepen your learning? Want to increase your job skills and find work in the environmental field? Apply to join EYA’s Roots & Shoots Program!

We’re looking for five young adults to join this fully-paid job skills program, which includes​:

  • 10-week land-based program (February 16 – April 24):​ Spend 12 weeks learning andworking on the land at EYA’s outdoor garden sites in East Vancouver. Learn and apply skills in horticulture, ecology, Indigenous plant knowledge, group facilitation, and community-building, as well as job skills like resume building, interview skills, goal setting and teamwork with the EYA team, local knowledge keepers and experts in the field.
  • 12-week supported work placement (April 26 – July 16):​ EYA staff will help you find a well-suited work placement in the environmental field that aligns with your values and career goals. You’ll build a community of other youth, community partners and EYA staff and receive one-on-one support throughout the work placement, as well as continued afterwards to support career navigation.

Key Responsibilities and Program Highlights

As a Roots & Shoots intern, you will

  • Develop job skills like written and oral communication, teamwork, problem solving, adaptability and digital technology
  • Develop environmental job skills like native plant horticulture, medicinal plant knowledge, ecological restoration, teaching and facilitation
  • Learn to improve your resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, set goals, and improve your communication
  • Learn about and participate in cultural ceremonies and practices led by Indigenous knowledge keepers and Elders
  • Restore & maintain urban wild spaces like medicinal plant gardens and wildlife habitat through weeding, watering, removal of invasive species and planting native species
  • Get your Occupational First Aid Level 1 and Food Safe certifications
  • Gain practical experience in website, social media, and other marketing tasks
  • Gain valuable work experience for your resume
  • Participate in other activities related to your personal and professional goalsSkills & requirements
  • Available to participate in full 22-week program (Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm)
  • Interested in self-growth and learning new job skills
  • Interested in exploring job options and building skills in the environmental field
  • Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
  • Reliable and able to show up on time
  • Willingness to learn communication skills and how to work on a team and individually
  • Excited to learn more about plants and wildlife
  • Familiar with the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood
  • Able to work responsibly and safely in urban parks and gardens
  • Able to follow EYA’s safe work practices – e.g. safe use of landscaping tools, rakes, shovels, hammer, saw, etc.
  • Able to follow EYA’s COVID-19 safety rules including physical distancing, mask wearing, frequent hand-washing, and no sharing of tools or gloves
  • Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector checkThis program is open to all youth age 18-25 ​who identify as Indigenous, racialized minorities, LGBTQ2, or living with a disability. We strongly encourage past EYA participants to apply!How to applyIf interested, please fill out the ​Roots & Shoots Internship application form.​ If you have any questions, please email ​erica@eya.ca​.
    Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, so send us your application as soon as possible!

RED FOX YOUTH INTERNSHIP

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