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Sole Food Farms – Director of Farm Operations

Type: permanent full-time, beginning March 2020
Organization: Sole Food Farms
Location: Vancouver BC

Sole Food Street Farms is seeking a Director of Farm Operations to manage and support a large staff including long-time employees and seasonal volunteers. The position will be expected to actively participate in all daily farm activities in as well as administration and planning. 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 to grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables, available at farmer’s markets, local restaurants and through a CSA program. 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. Individuals are given basic agriculture training and employed at the farm based on their capability. Some participants excel in this environment, but the project is set up to allow for the “ups and downs” of people with multiple barriers. Unlike mainstream employers, Sole Food uses employment as an outreach tool, working to develop and nurture relationships with people of diverse backgrounds.

Job Description

The Director of Farm Operations (DOFO) will work closely with the outgoing outgoing DOFO and Executive Director to implement Sole Food’s seasonal farm plan, manage time and staffing to efficiently meet production requirements and execute our social mission. The right person will enjoy an extensive mentorship alongside current leadership with the goal of transitioning into the DOFO role in summer 2019. The ideal candidate will be ready to make a multi-year commitment to our organization.

Specific Responsibilities

Farm Site Management

  • Maintain steady harvest flow for three farmers’ markets, CSA and twice-weekly Fresh Sheet
  • Ensure consistent and timely harvests for quality produce
  • Help with post-harvest processing as needed
  • Communicate product availability to Distribution Coordinator for use in sales decisions
  • Help recruit and retain CSA members
  • Manage propagation house
  • Create and submit to Executive Director a detailed annual crop plan including rotations, planting map, greenhouse seeding, seed inventory, and plant and seed orders
  • Monitor for pests and diseases, maintain soil health, manage seed inventory and irrigation maintenance and timing
  • Maintain all sites in a clean and orderly fashion | Address theft, vandalism, and intruders
  • 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, and Seasonal Volunteers
  • Adjust work flow to fit the needs of the farm and staff availability
  • With other managers, help plan staff retreats, staff meetings, staff parties, and monthly workshops
  • Oversee the work of the Assistant Farm Manager, Distribution Coordinator, Farm Supervisors and farm staff
  • Ensure that Distribution Coordinator, Assistant Farm Manager 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
  • Participate in on-farm training for staff
  • Provide support to staff when needed and keep informed of staff well-being, needs, and concerns

Other

  • Perform tours or other farm-related public activities as needed
  • Build and maintain connections with other community groups to help create opportunities for partnerships
  • Participate in grant writing related to on-farm activities
  • 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, farm equipment, and carpentry skills preferred
  • 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
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive manual transmission and larger vehicles
  • Access to computer and phone
  • Be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs
  • The successful candidate will be patient and compassionate with a sharp sense of humour and excellent interpersonal skills.

An understanding of some of the issues that people who live in poverty or with mental health and addiction issues will be valued. Fluency in spoken Spanish and/or Kiswahili a plus.

This is a permanent full-time position beginning in March 2020. Workflow will vary according to seasonal needs. Must be available to work weekends and occasional evenings. Salary commensurate with experience includes two weeks paid vacation, extended health benefits, and deep discounts on farm products.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Email info@solefoodfarms.com

Please send resume, cover letter and three work related references to info@solefoodfarms.com . Please include Director of Farm Operations Application in the subject line of the email.

DEADLINE

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candiate had been identified

 

SEEDS Sustainability Program – Applied Research Coordinator

The SEEDS Sustainability Program, UBC Wellbeing Secretariat, together with the recently formed Food Insecurity Action Team (FIAT), are launching a new university-wide multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary Food Insecurity Action Initiative, and are hiring an Applied Research Coordinator. The successful candidate will support the launch of this new university-wide multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary Food Insecurity Action Initiative, to lead a new student-led applied research cluster on food insecurity solutions on our campuses.

If you know of anyone who might be interested or think would be a good fit, including recently graduated students, alumni or those in your professional communities, we would really appreciate if you could please help us and share this opportunity with your networks.

We are especially looking for someone with experience in fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and in applied research pertaining to food insecurity, food system sustainability and/or heath. Demonstrated project management experience and knowledge of community food systems, community health issues, and/or health promotion strategies. Details below.

Full Job Posting Details:  (Job ID#36016) via UBC careers site http://staffcareers.ubc.ca/36016
Deadline: The application closes on Dec 8, 2019
Position: Applied Research Coordinator, Food Insecurity
Department: SEEDS Sustainability Program, Campus + Community Planning
Hours: Full-time
Duration:  1 year, potential to be extended to 2 years

Overview:
®     Working primarily in applied research and partnership coordination, the candidate will develop and coordinate a new student-led applied research cluster on food insecurity, taking a Campus as a Living Lab approach to investigate, evaluate, and share knowledge for food insecurity supports and  solutions on our campuses.
®     This position operates within Campus and Community Planning (C+CP) and reports to the Manager, SEEDS Sustainability Program. The incumbent will work closely with a corresponding new position of Food Insecurity Project Manager within the UBC Wellbeing Secretariat, and works collaboratively with members of the Food Insecurity Action Team.

Key work performed:
®     Facilitate the co-creation of applied research projects pertaining to food insecurity and sustainability through Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange workshops, committees and meetings with a diversity of students, staff, faculty, and community partners.

2020 VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR JOB POSTING

The Sharing Farm (TSF) in richmond is a not-for-profit community farm that grows organic vegetables on donated city lands for the Richmond Food Bank and other community agencies.  This is a seasonal position from 24 Mar to 8 Nov, averaging 35 hours a week, Thursday - Sunday.  This position will require a willingness to work some longer weeks and some shorter weeks, depending on job demands. 
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 western end of Westminster Highway, alongside the West Dyke, in Richmond BC. It is accessible by bus, car, or bicycle. 
For more information about the Sharing Farm please visit www.sharingfarm.ca 

 Duties and Responsibilities:

- Lead three regular Drop-in Volunteering sessions per week (tasks to be decided by the Field Manager)
- Lead one or two Corporate Volunteering sessions per week (tasks to be decided by the Field Manager)
- Run TSF Sunday Farmers Markets from June-Sep (approx. 20 markets)
- Assist the Field Manager with field preparation, field maintenance, crop development, crop harvest, and post-harvest handling 
- Coordinate volunteers for the Richmond Garlic Festival, our annual fundraiser (August)
- Host volunteer appreciation event at the end of the year (November) 
- Prepare a snack (salad, crackers, cookies etc.) for two of the weekly volunteer sessions
- Be responsible for maintaining farm and community kitchen spaces after volunteer use 

Qualifications:

- Comfortable working with people from all kinds of backgrounds and abilities
- Experience in organic farming, gardening or other related work
- Self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative, work well independently and in a team environment, good communication skills
- Be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather 
- Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers
- Well-organized with good record keeping skills
- Valid driver’s license
- Be available on weekends and some evenings 
-Desirable: experience preparing food for groups

Salary: $18 per hour 
35 hour work week, must be available weekends. 
Application deadline: 18th November, 2019
HOW TO APPLY: Please submit resume and a cover letter to:
Assistant Director: Leslie Williams    leslie@sharingfarm.ca

 

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Sky Harvest –  farm administrator

Farm Administrator (Full-time year round)

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

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Administer and coordinate weekly orders from 75+ restaurants while also cultivating these relationships

• Increasing customer base (sales)

• Managing staff on a daily basis

• Assisting with hiring and training of new staff

• Weekly bookkeeping/accounting, inventory management and ordering supplies

• Active participation in farming tasks as needed (you will get dirty!)

QUALIFICATIONS

• 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

• Familiarity with sales is an asset

• Experience Managing staff is a requirement

• Proficiency with bookkeeping software and practices is a requirement

• Farming, gardening or experience working with your hands considered an asset

IMPORTANT DETAILS

• 1 full time position available ~40-45 hours weekly. Mostly Monday-Friday, though the occasional weekend is

required

• Start time: interviewing immediately

• $34-38,000/year starting pay range based on experience + Health Benefits & Hot yoga membership & Weekly

microgreens

• Position is located in Richmond BC, and is a 7 minute bike ride from Bridgeport Skytrain Station

APPLICATION:

To be considered for this position please submit an 

1) introduction of yourself 

2) clearly describe your experience

for each listed qualification from above, 

3) a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to:

aaron@skyharvest.ca

http://www.skyharvest.ca


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If you know of anyone who may be interested, please direct them to our website.

http://www.questoutreach.org/contact/careers/

 

Greater Vancouver Food Bank