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Community Food Market Coordinator

Hours: Approximately 35 hours per month. Market Days include the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (8am to 5pm) and the 4th Thursday of the month (11am to 7pm) with some hours for special events, meetings and other programs. This is subject to change, with market dates in 2019 likely every Saturday. Hourly Wage: $18/hr

Organizational Mandate: The Cedar Cottage Food Network Society (CCFN) is an independent, non-profit organization working toward more sustainable and just food systems at the neighbourhood level. We create space for Kensington-Cedar Cottage residents to take part in different levels of food systems by providing programming, tools, and opportunities for community connections.

Description of Position: The community food market program operates two Saturdays and one Thursday of the month to bring accessible and fresh produce to members of the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. The Market Coordinator is responsible for the running of the mobile markets every month as well as support in various events and programs such as harvest festivals, workshops and kids camps as needed. This position includes set-up and take-down of market supplies, produce orders, produce pick-up, handling cash, customer service and volunteer supervision.

Ideal Candidate: We are looking for a candidate with strong project coordination skills and who thrives in dynamic and independent leadership role. They have great customer service skills and experience working within marginalized communities. They are enthusiastic, highly organized, and attentive to detail so they can manage a multi-faceted workload while building and maintaining professional relationships.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ordering produce that is seasonal, appropriate and financially accessible
  • Updated our blog and social media
  • Picking up produce and transporting to various locations in the KCC neighbourhood
  • Set-up and takedown of our pocket market, including lifting heavy items
  • Pricing produce and handling cash
  • Interacting with participants in a friendly and respectful manner
  • Recording sales and maintaining records
  • Supervise volunteers
  • Supervise Summer Students
  • Communicating with partner organizations

Qualifications

  • Experience with community work, particularly related to pocket markets or farmers’ markets

  • Experience with customer service, especially for marginalized communities

  • Demonstrated success with project coordination

  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Education in a relevant field, or equivalent experience

  • Outreach and promotion of projects with various stakeholders

  • Experience working in a paid/volunteer capacity within the non-profit sector considered favourably

  • Experience with volunteer recruitment, supervision

  • Must have a Class 5 driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract

  • Must be able to lift heavy items of up to 50lbs.

Competencies

  • Sound understanding of food security/sovereignty principles, the spectrum of food based programs in Vancouver, and barriers to food access

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of systems of oppression and how they increase barriers to accessing food

  • Independent analytical thinking to optimize programming and results

  • Excellent planning skills and ability to adapt to priorities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Ability to work independently and under guidance

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Drive and social media

Assets

  • Knowledge of the Kensington/Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood

  • Foodsafe Certificate

Application Deadline: Oct. 14th, 2018 at midnight

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter with the title ‘Community Food Market Coordinator position’ in the subject field to cedarcottagefoodnetwork@gmail.com


Community Lunch Program Cook

Are you an experienced and team-oriented leader who is passionate about food and community? We are looking for a reliable and energetic person to work as lead cook for our weekly drop-in community lunch program. Renfrew Park Community Centre offers a weekly lunch program to members of our community every Friday. The cook will be a key part of the team, using a community development approach to oversee and support volunteers and participants to have increased food knowledge and leadership capacity.

Responsibilities

o Conducting all food and service preparations for multi-course lunches for up to 30 people per 
sitting 
o Ensure kitchen is cleaned and program supplies (utensils and appliances) are neatly stored after  the program
o Orient, train, and supervise an intercultural volunteer team
o Prepare shopping lists and organize weekly shopping
o Track food, supplies, and equipment inventory
o Organize and submit monthly menus based on feedback from volunteers, participants, and staff by established deadlines
o Submit receipts for all program supplies to staff for authorization of reimbursement
o Adhere to all food safety standards and regulations as required by VCH and Centre staff
o Other duties incidental to meal preparation, cooking, and clean-up for the drop-in.
o To engage and interact with the public during the meal. Develop relationships and bonds with 
the public.

The successful applicant should demonstrate
  •   Ability to plan and prepare a variety of meals that are simple, delicious, nutritious and hearty that reflect the diverse nutritional needs and food traditions in the community
  •   Ability to manage budget, inventory, minimize food waste, and make the most of available ingredients
  •   Adaptability, creative problem-solving, good humour, and an even temperament in unpredictable circumstances
  •   Friendly, courteous, affable disposition and an ability to engage with participants of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  •   Knowledge of food security issues
  •   Excellent customer service, positive work ethic, good rapport skills, leadership skills, communication skills, team skills
  •   Reliability, punctuality, honesty, integrity, trustworthiness
  •   Professional grooming and self-presentation

    Qualifications

    •   Food Safe level 1 required, Food Safe level 2 preferred
    •   2+ years previous cooking experience
    •   Physical ability to lift up to 25lbs with ease

      Terms of Employment

       $21 per hour + 4% in lieu of benefits and holiday pay.
       Every Friday beginning October 5, 2018 (except for holidays, special events or closure).  7 hours a week (which includes 1-2 hours for shopping)

      Please send your resume to:

      Renfrew Park Community Centre Email: andrea.mah@vancouver.ca
      2929 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5M 2Y3 Attn: Andrea Mah, Program Assistant III

Figaro’s Garden

Figaro’s Garden is a boutique retail garden nursery that offers our customers high quality service and product with an emphasis on local suppliers and natural garden care practices. We are a growing company that is looking to hire a part or full-time sales assistant with occasional
landscaping and small space gardening work. Imagine a customer walking into the shop and is looking for recommendations for their veggie garden…do you have enough food growing experience to assist them? Houseplants have become a huge part of our business… do you grow them? Do you know how to repot them? Can you help someone choose a plant who has little experience (and low light)? If you answered yes to these questions, we’d love to meet up!

Responsibilities include:

• expert customer service
• Inventory management
• Collaboration with staff team for merchandising/displays
• Plant care/propagation
• Everything else required in a small business to sustain a high quality retail experience
• High involvement in supporting social media activity
• Supporting team in commercial and residential landscape installations

Qualities we are looking for:
• self motivated
• Independent worker
• Ability to laugh at yourself
• Plant nerdiness
• Creativity
Experience/Knowledge

• Horticulture background
• Retail/Strong customer service
• Small scale gardening, food growing
• Merchandising
• Landscaping
• Social media savvy

Hours/Wage:

• 24-32/week, more in busy season, April-June; must be able to work weekends
• Starting at $15/hr but commensurate with experience

Apply:
Email a resume and personal letter to hartley@figarosgarden.ca, describing your passion for plants,
what local business means to you, and how you can support our goal of helping the gardening
community grow. (Not a written version of your resume please).
Only candidates chosen for an interview will be emailed for an appointment. Thanks for applying!

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.

Qualifications

·     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 jobs@freshroots.ca 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

Community Facilitator – Food Skills Program

The Community Facilitator – Food Skills is responsible for establishing and deepening collaborative and reciprocal relationships with organizational partners throughout our catchment to develop food skills programming and supporting and deepening food skills amongst our members. The Facilitator will be responsible for overseeing all programming, logistics and workshop development for the program as well as overseeing the program delivery. The Facilitator works closely with the Food and Education team to promote and support food literacy through food skills, and advocate for a stronger spectrum of health and wellness supports for the community. A Chef designation is not required but a true passion for food and some skills in the kitchen go a long way!

Community Facilitator – Community Kitchen Program

The Community Facilitator is responsible for establishing, nurturing, and deepening collaborative and reciprocal relationships with Community Kitchens throughout our catchment. The Facilitator will be responsible for overseeing all programming, logistics and resource development for the program as well as overseeing the program delivery. The Facilitator works closely with the Food and Education team to promote and support community kitchens, and advocate for a stronger spectrum of health and wellness supports for the community. This work currently focuses on, but is not limited to, supporting and promoting community kitchens for vulnerable populations within theDowntown core, Downtown Eastside and East Vancouver neighbourhoods.

Nutrition Education Dietician -The Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s (GVFB) Food and Education Department (FED) is seeking a registered dietitian for a temporary full-time position at 37.5 hrs per week, Monday to Friday. The Nutrition Education Dietitian will take a lead role in enabling the Greater Vancouver Food Bank to pilot and implement updated Baby Steps programs and introduce food and educational supports for perinatal members. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential for success in this position. The Nutrition Education Dietitian will work closely with the Nutrition Policy Dietitian as well as: Warehouse Operations, Volunteers and Community Food Access departments to successfully pilot the increase of supportive programming.

Lead Hub Assistant – The Lead Hub Assistant is a part-time position that provides direct support and care for our volunteers and members at Food Bank distribution sites (HUBS).  This position is focused on leading through change, supporting our food hub sites and volunteers, and drawing on the feedback of all stakeholders to make continuous improvements in our sites.  Be a mentor, coach, collaborate and support building community capacity.

Administrative Assistant – Community Food Access – Working as part of the Community Food Access (CFA) Team, the Administrative Assistant takes the lead on developing new systems to make our fourteen food bank sites run smoothly. As the complexity of operations at sites and our network of partners grow, we need a team player who takes a compassionate, person-centred approach to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of service provision. This role strikes a balance between working behind the scenes at our main office to streamline ordering, reporting and other administrative duties, and working at sites to build volunteer capacity in the areas of registration and member engagement.

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

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

Valley. We are a community co-operative farm existing on Fraser Common Farm and running
Glorious Organics on the land. There are many members of our farm consisting of folks of all
ages and skill set who are not necessarily farmers as we are also a housing co-operative. We
are seeking 4 full-time persons to farm with us beginning in the April-May 2016 season until the
end of October.
Work will include:
-Bed preparation
-weeding by hand or hand tools
-transplanting
-Weed whacking/mowing
-Harvesting
-cleaning, sorting and packing vegetables
-filling restaurant orders
-seed saving
-cleaning eggs/chicken coops
-building maintenance
-machine maintenance
-irrigation
-field record keeping
-Greenhouse maintenance and pruning

The work can be physically demanding (bending and lifting), and repetitive (weeding and
transplanting). Being physically fit is a must. Work will be performed in all kinds of weather,
outside as well as in poly greenhouses. We are looking for people who are willing to learn, can
work efficiently and quickly and independently after being trained.

We sell at 3 farmers markets, (Trout lake, Kitslano, and White Rock) run a 80 member CSA and sell much of our products to restaurants in the Vancouver area. We grow salad greens. flowers, herbs, fruit, all sorts of veggies and save much of our own seeds. We are a founding member of BC ECO SEEDS co-operative and sell many of our seeds through this co-op as well as having their office based on our farm.

We have some housing available on farm. Rent being $400.00 a month with all utilities included,
even internet. Pay is 11.35hr to start plus 4% vacation pay ( Plus farm produce ) with about
40hrs a week available the beginning of the season and moving into about 50 hrs a week in the
heat of the season. If your’e interested in the position please don’t hesitate to contact us at
info@gloriousorganics.com attention Mark, David or Donna. We are looking for in face
interviews only. If you cannot come and speak with us about the position in person please do
not apply. As we are a co-operative sharing land with others we must meet you in order to have
you live and work with us.

SOLE FOOD

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

FARM WORKER, SALTSPRING ISLAND

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

We are looking for a full time, permanent employee to join our farm team. The position is for 32 hours per week, from March through November, with a holiday period December-February (although part time work is available during this period). There are affordable, on-site, living opportunities if that is suitable for a prospective employee. The wage for this job is $15/hour.

Our dream is to bring someone on who is interested in farming as a career path and would like to make Salt Spring Island their home for the next few years. The successful candidate will be mentored by the owner-operators, however previous farming experience is required. Despite the fact that this is a paid job and not a communal work/life situation, we recognize that there is still an aspect of community interconnectedness to the experience. As a result, our philosophy with employees is to invest in their goals and dreams equally as they invest in ours.

We began farming because we believe it makes a considerable difference to the health of our planet and because food is the first step to the health of our fellow humans. We also simply enjoy growing food and flowers; being outside in our beautiful garden and combining creativity and artistry to overcome challenges and slowly fill in the canvas of our farm. We strive to grow nutrient dense food and make it as accessible as possible. Our onsite farm store is a big part of our service and we offer a variety of staple ingredients (such as nuts and grains) at bulk prices, to complement the produce and flowers that we grow.

The nuts and bolts of our project are as follows:

  • 1.5 acre market garden, with mixed vegetables, berries, and cut-flowers
  • All produce sold through our onsite farm store, which is open on Saturdays year round. We also hope to open on a second day this summer.
  • Flowers are sold through the farm store, wholesaled off island, and used for local weddings and events.
  • Garden is not certified organic but we employ organic practices such as cover cropping, reduced tillage, reduced plastic use, certified organic compost and amendments, organic seeds, and crop rotation.
  • Various animals are integrated into our system, including pigs, ducks, and goats.

The ideal employee will have the following skills:

  • Self motivated. Able to work alone or alongside senior and junior farm staff. Interest and ability to direct others as season progresses.
  • Good judgement. Makes decisions independently or ask for advice, depending on the situation.
  • Follows written and oral instructions effectively and correctly.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of the big picture, both in attitude and in execution of tasks.
  • Considerate, positive, honest, and has a good sense of humour!
  • Passionate about farming, local food, ecology, food accessibility, community, and being in the outdoors.
  • Comfortable working at a fast pace, with attention to detail, in wet/cold/hot weather.
  • At least one season of previous farming experience is required.

We look forward to hearing from you! Please send a resume and cover letter to Claire:
claire.jutras mask gmail.com

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.

 

Giddy Up and Grow

Are you in love with farming but not the challenges of seasons or weather?  Do you want to live where home prices are a tad more affordable than the bustling city of Vancouver?  Do you love the Fraser Valley and all it has to offer:  biking, boating, fishing, skiing, camping, great food and lots of open space?

Giddy Up & Grow is a year-round operation located in an industrial warehouse in beautiful Mission, BC.   We harvest and deliver crops twice weekly to several large grocery retailers and juice bars in a diesel powered, refrigerated Sprinter van.  Our growing method uses vertical growing technology, ie racks and lights.  Our growing method is organic, sustainable and reliable.

  • Production: We have a well-developed production system allowing for year-round growing of shoots and wheatgrass
  • Social Media Presence: Giddy Up  has established and active networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a website.
  • Solid Customer Base: …and growing.

Giddy Up & Grow is seeking a motivated person(s) and take over ownership of the business.  Farming experience is not necessary as training will be provided.  Or add this business to your current farming business and expand into year-round growing.  The warehouse is great for starting seedlings and the refrigerated truck keeps your produce nice and cool.

If you are interested please email us giddyupgrass@gmail.com  telling us a little about yourself and why this opportunity appeals to you.

ORGANIC GARDENER

Small organic veggie gardening business in Vancouver is looking for an on-call helper/ gardener (or a person with gardening experience), helping out on an hourly basis with the perspective for more work during the summer months. Building of raised beds, soil moving, seeding, planting, maintenance of vegetable gardens. $15-$20/h depending on experience. Driver’s licence is required.
Info – companiongardens@gmail.com

unnamedBIKE DELIVERY AND MICROGREEN FARm Assistant 

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)

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 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

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