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Everyone should have access to healthy land, food, and community. We do that by growing educational farms at schools across the lower mainland. Our schoolyard farms grow more than just food. These are productive agricultural spaces adjoined to cultural food and medicine gardens, orchard spaces, indigenous and sensory foodscapes, and more. Through these spaces, we provide good food for the community, empower youth through vocational skills development, and serve as experiential learning outdoor classrooms for over 6000 students each year.
We’re looking for the right person to help us GROW (all puns intended)! Help plant your vision of educational farming by managing our schoolyard farms and food lands to be places of production and learning; a farm oasis in the city. Our work starts with the soil, and our sites are the starting place for all of our programs. You’ll get a chance to help frame and create what educational farms should be on school grounds in the lower mainland.
What You’ll Do
In this role, you will be our Farm Manager, growing and sharing food with the community. You will lead our team towards our production and educational growing goals. Fresh Roots’ farms have been in production for five years, and we’re looking for you to help steward and grow our schoolyard farms into the future. If you love to share your farming knowledge, and love growing and sharing healthy food, then this is the place for you. In your role, you will:
Grow Good Food!
- Grow and sell $15,000-20,000 of food from our Vancouver Schoolyard Market Gardens through CSA, farmers market, community partners, and our youth programs
- Manage year-round farm and site logistics, crop planning, pest, soil and tool management.
- Help our farms grow and change to meet our 10-year plan.
- Support our program teams across Delta, Coquitlam and Vancouver to grow Good Food.
- Work with the Executive Director to understand resource needs for successful growth.
- Support the growth and development of our cultural food and medicine gardens, perennial spaces, and indigenous foodscapes.
Train young farmers
- In partnership with Fresh Roots staff, recruit, train and manage farm staff on our five sites.
- Recruit, train and manage our Good Food Internship program where youth learn to grow, share, and farm.
- Formalize intern training and ongoing management of our Vancouver Schoolyard Farms; support our program managers on other sites.
- Empower the Fresh Roots Experiential Learning and Youth Empowerment teams to grow and share healthy food on site.
- Empower Fresh Roots staff to engage and support the farms.
- +3 Years Farm Management Experience; with 5 years applied farming or gardening skills.
- +2 Years management experience.
- Farming: You are a productive grower who is able to crop plan, and prepare nutrient, pest, and seeding plans; you feel comfortable planning using Excel. You are curious about new plants and cannot wait to show us seeds that you’ve found from a seed library.
- Managing: You love to grow new farmers and can successfully hire, train, and manage your team to support the growing and sharing of Good Food.
- Experiential Learning: You love sharing what you know with your team and with community members of all ages. One of your favorite things is to share with youth the secrets of the farm and garden.
- Relationships: You will inspire the school community to get involved and share good food.
- Must have a class five driver’s license and access to their own vehicle or car share.
- $40,000 – 48,000 annualized salary; Benefits
- This position reports to the Executive Director and is based in Vancouver.
How to Apply
E-mail a short cover letter (500 words), resume, in one pdf. Please also include a crop plan and harvest record that you have created in the past to jobs(at)freshroots(dot)ca. The subject should be “Your Name – Good Food.” Review of applications will begin immediately upon reception.
Interviews scheduled for December 19, 20. Employment begins on January 15.
Diversity: Fresh Roots is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
If you love to be outside and to get away from the monotony of the computer, if you love sharing food with your community, or if you see the magic in sprouting seeds, this might be the position for you! The Schoolyard Farm Intern will assist the Fresh Roots Farm Manager in growing Good Food on school grounds.
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Amara Farm is a certified organic vegetable and blueberry farm located north of Courtenay, BC. We are a founding member of Merville Organics Growers Cooperative and sell through a 150-share CSA, 3 farmers markets, and a dozen wholesale accounts. We are looking for a vegetable farm manager to:
- Plan, grow and harvest ~$75,000 of mixed organic annual vegetables
- Maintain annual production fields through weeding, soil management, crop rotation, pest control and other techniques to ensure the long-term productivity of Amara Farm
- Manage a 2 intern crew and supervise WWOOFers/volunteers
- Maintain records of seeding, pest management, soil amendments, and sales for Organic Certification Inspection
- Create and maintain crop plan, budgets, and other records to ensure annual production meets the farm’s financial needs
- Maintain hand tools and other equipment used for annual vegetable production
- Interaction with marketing coop to ensure appropriate amounts of produce are grown and harvested each week to maximize sales
- Provide weekly lessons to interns that covers the theoretical side of organic farming
- Ensure on-farm housing is clean, maintained, and in good working order
The Farm Manager (FM) at Amara Farm is responsible for the planning, growing, and harvesting all the annual production on the farm. Amara Farm is Certified Organic and the farm manager must have a working understanding of how to grow food and document their actions to comply with Organic Standards. The Farm’s annual production currently occupies approximately two acres of the farm and includes multiple field production areas, four stationary hoophouses, and two moveable hoophouses. The farm aims to produce food year-round as much as possible so the FM should have familiarity with winter crop production. The FM is responsible for managing a crew of two interns and occasional WWOOFers/volunteers to carry out weekly tasks like bed prep, weeding, seeding, harvest, and irrigation. In addition, the FM works with the farm owners to provide weekly lessons for the intern crew to ensure they have a well-rounded education of how to grow organic produce.
- 2-5 years full time production farm management experience
- Comfort and experience with spreadsheets, especially Google sheets
- Good interpersonal, communication, and supervisory skills
- Knowledge of BSC machinery, Jang Seeder, and Quick Greens harvester operation and maintenance
- Strong organizational skills
- Sense of humor
Hours: The FM works Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm (hours can change in the heat of summer but ~ 35 hours per week)
Compensation is $36,000 per year and could include and incentive program. Room and board are available on farm if needed, cost to be negotiated.
Deadline for applications is December 15th but interviews will begin in early December
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Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver BC
Terms: Full time, Permanent: 40 hours per week. Flexible work schedule
Start Date: Negotiable, but as soon as possible
Hiring Range: $55,000-$57,000
Reports to: Executive Director
What we do: mission & mandate
At the Environmental Youth Alliance Society (EYA), we believe every young person deserves the opportunity to spend time in nature. Just like clean air or clean water, connection with nature is a human right and essential to healthy adolescent development. Yet many youth living in Vancouver face barriers to accessing nature in their daily lives. EYA is working to change that by delivering free, experiential nature stewardship programs in eastside schools and inner city green spaces. Our programs create opportunities for youth experiencing marginalization to connect with nature in meaningful ways in their own neighbourhood, while building community and acquiring new skills, to benefit wellbeing and inspire environmental stewardship. To find out more visit www.eya.ca
What you’ll do: situation & role overview
Like many small charities, much of EYA’s funding comes from government and corporate grants. The goal of our three-year fundraising plan is to diversify and increase our revenue to develop organizational resilience and help more local youth experience the transformative power of nature. To achieve this goal, we’re working to build robust annual, major, corporate (small business) giving programs to drive donor engagement and increase contributions, as well as develop new funding partnerships with private foundations to build grant revenue. As Philanthropy Officer, you will play an essential role in executing these strategies and will be responsible for donor strategies, donor development, and marketing.
- Accountable for reaching the EYA annual individual and corporate gifts fundraising goal (32K) and for contributing to the annual grant revenue goal (270K)
- Assume responsibility for the overall fundraising success of a designated portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation donors
- Develop and implement strategies to build robust annual giving, major giving and corporate giving programs and meet or exceed financial targets
- Plan, organize and execute annual fundraising campaigns
- Develop and write appeals for annual email, direct mail, and social media campaigns, case statements, presentations, and impact stories and reports
- Write letters of intent and proposals to private foundations to help meet grant revenue targets
- Increase awareness of the EYA as a charity in the community and build relationships with existing and new community partners and donors, ensuring the highest standards of stewardship are established and maintained
- Build strategies to identify, cultivate and steward new donor prospects
- Develop processes & systems to drive development of individual and corporate giving programs; help to define cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes
- Develop menu of funding opportunities, levels of giving, and written material for monthly giving club to support development of individual and major giving programs
- Develop and monitor progress on communications plan to support fundraising strategies
- Lead the research, planning, and implementation of a CRM to manage donor relationships
- Other duties as required
What you’ll bring: requirements
We’re looking for a skilled fundraiser with experience in grant writing. The ideal candidate is a proficient and persuasive writer, energetic self-starter, and innovative and strategic thinker who is passionate about developing and executing a wide range of fundraising strategies in support of the organization’s fundraising goals. You are a grammar expert with an eye for detail and a compelling storyteller who can write for various audiences, settings, and tones. You are an expert researcher with prospecting experience, and have a knack for building and maintaining relationships. You are highly organized and enjoy creating simple and effective processes.
- A university degree or equivalent training/experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, professional writing or a related field
- Three years of direct fundraising experience
- Exemplary writing skills, including copywriting, proposal writing, promotional writing, business writing, editing; strong oral communication
- Experience with marketing and communications in support of fundraising objectives
- Strong donor management; ability to relate to and motivate prospective donors
- Dynamic and innovative skills in new business development, research, and prospecting
- A self-starter with the ability to initiate projects and see them through to completion; high degree of independence and initiative
- Collaborative with a customer-focused, positive attitude and a willingness to learn new skills
- Demonstrated ability to make sound judgments and decisions, and create action plans based on information discovered
- Excellent prioritizing skills, with ability to adapt to changing priorities and juggle multiple demands with competing timelines
- Critical and strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills with ability to think outside the box
- Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail
- Tech savvy with strong proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Experience with donor management systems an asset
- Experience and skill with InDesign an asset
- Access to a vehicle is an asset. Most work happens at the EYA office, but some travel (across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland) will be required for meetings and events.
- Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, outcomes and values of EYA
- Successful candidates will be required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Search issued no later than six (6) months preceding your start date
How to apply
E-mail a short cover letter, resume, and three relevant professional writing samples in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Philanthropy Officer application” in the subject line. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to limited administrative capacity, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
EYA is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
Greater Vancouver Food Bank
FOOD SORTS ASSISTANT – flexibility in shift allocation Position Type: Part-time/ Permanent POSITION SUMMARY 12 hours a week / permanent part-time work Flexibility in shift allocation is possible – would fit around schooling Shifts we offer vary from: days, weekday evenings (5 to 9 pm) and weekend days Key support
MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER Do you have the skills and passion to cultivate relationships with individuals and corporations who have the capacity to give at the $10,000+ level? Do you have the experience and systems discipline to build the right infrastructure behind
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR role is designed to perform administrative duties related to fundraising, communications and events. Gaining firsthand experience in non-profit fundraising and relationship management, as well as donor and grant research and tracking. This role is entry-level and will serve as the catalyst for a successful
We’re hiring Drivers with a Class 3 license to collect food from donor locations for delivery to our community food hubs. This role also includes a significant warehouse labour component involving loading and unloading the vehicle at the warehouse and at community hub locations.
This is a part time permanent position and is responsible for tactically supporting the implementation of change initiatives at our 13 locations, as well as supporting the ongoing maintenance of key elements that contribute to our Community Food Hub model.
Alongside the Community Food Hub staff and volunteers, the Hubs Assistant offers support to resolve conflict, communicate with the main office as needed, implement and maintain changes in policy, and gather feedback from our members.
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 addition to 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.
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.
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 period 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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
This is a permanent full-time position beginning in March 2019. 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.
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 faced by people living in poverty or with mental health/addiction issues will be valued. Fluency in spoken Spanish and/or Kiswahili a plus.
this position is PAID: salary commensurate with experience
HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume, cover letter and three work related references to email@example.com. Please includeDirector of Farm Operations Application in the subject line of the email.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Info – email@example.com
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 us, a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to: