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Potluck Café Society Social Program Manager

Potluck will be moving to its new home in late summer and we are looking for the right candidate to work with us as we build our Social Programs.

To support our mission, we are looking for a team player who enjoys a challenge and has a desire to work with a great team in a fun environment!

Who are we?

An award winning non-profit social enterprise and registered charity, the mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs with on-the-job training for people facing barriers to traditional employment and improving access to healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).

Potluck Café Society owns and operates Potluck Café & Catering to earn revenue to support our community programs and to provide employment opportunities in the Downtown Eastside. Fundraising, donations and grants comprise the balance of our funding requirements. Potluck is widely recognized as a social enterprise leader. Learn more about Potluck at potluckcatering.org and facebook.com/potluckcafe

Accountability:

  • Reports to Executive Director
  • Assist the Executive Director in the planning, development and implementation of Social programs and initiatives that support Potluck’s strategic priorities in serving the DTES community.
  • Responsible for the collection of data and reporting on Key Performance Indicators of programs.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and accounting to ensure transparent and accountable spending
  • On completion of programs or for ongoing programs, prepares reports related to grants
  • Monitors and assess the systems and processes of program delivery to efficiently and effectively improve our programs
  • Oversees maintenance of HR files and assists team with employment.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Operational:

  • Work closely with the Operations Manager to recruit and train an enthusiastic and committed Outreach Team
  • Manages seasonal Outreach program staff
  • Ensure program staff understand and Potluck’s mission and values, and can support its organizational goals
  • Assist staff, when necessary, with program delivery (on location)
  • Work collaboratively with the Employment Support Worker to support staff who face barriers
  • Provide clear communication between program needs, Operations and Kitchen.
  • Program Promotions & Funds Development
  • Work closely with the Funds Development consultant and provides operational support in the management of Grants and Funds.
  • Contributes to the development of budgets and forecasts.
  • Work closely with the Operations Manager to plan for, and regularly provide content that promotes awareness of Potluck’s Programs.
  • Support the achievement of Potluck’s Social goals by developing and maintaining relationships with community partners.

Reporting:

  • Produces monthly programming report and outcome reporting for funders
  • Completes statistical and evaluation procedures connected program funding
  • Responsible for report writing to funders

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience in non-profit program development, facilitation of life skills development, event planning and/or community engagement is valuable
  • Skilled at working independently and collaborating with a team
  • Ability to work with and demonstrate compassion towards individuals who face barriers to traditional employment
  • Minimum 4 years post-secondary education in a relevant field of study
  • A valid driver’s license with a clean record
  • Driver’s Abstract
  • Ability to work flexible hours

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience
  • Potluck offers a comprehensive extended health plan
  • Daily staff lunch

If you believe you are the right person to join our team, in addition to your resume, please add a cover letter with your application explaining why.

We thank all applicants, in advance for their interest; only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.

 

DISTRICT MANAGER Vancouver farmers markets

Full – Time
Permanent
Salary- 35 hours a week
Eligible for extended health benefits

About Vancouver Farmers Market:
Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farmers Markets in urban settings, the Society and the Markets have become Vancouver plazas of fun, discovery, and connecting. We produce our weekly Markets to create healthy food networks that sustain our land, our community, and our homes.
Vancouver Farmers Markets organizes numerous farmers markets in eight Vancouver neighborhoods throughout the year. Our markets attract over 450,000 shoppers and generate over 8.5 million dollars in sales annually. Our organization supports over 250 farmers, crafters, and food producers, who make, bake, grow, or catch the products for sale at the market. Through our work, we help keep over 3,400 acres of BC farmland in production and provide business and employment opportunities for hundreds of people in our local community. Working for Vancouver Farmers Market means getting to work with a group of passionate, dedicated and
approachable people. We pride ourselves on being flexible, energetic, and innovative and cutting edge. People love working for Vancouver Farmers Market because you get the opportunity to make a difference in your community.

Vancouver Farmers Market Employees:
Vancouver Farmers Market Employees care about their community, have an interest in sustainability and local food, and are innovative and flexible in their ability to achieve the organizations goals. We look for people who are positive, collaborative, full of new ideas and who are motivated to work hard to ensure access to local food in our region.

Summary
The role of the district manager is to ensure their assigned markets have the resources and support needed to operate successfully. This includes support in the following areas:
• On-going training and support of market manager,
• Management of budget and distribution of resources among assigned markets
• Maintenance of existing relationships and building of new relationships with market community
• Communication with Operations Manager to ensure ongoing planning and smooth operations
Currently, in all cases, District Managers are also Market Managers for at least one market and
emergency backup for all other markets. The role of the market manager is to ensure their assigned
market operates efficiently. In addition to the above, this includes coordination of:
• Vendor scheduling, booth assignment and collection of fees
• Market set up, tear down and operations
• On-site communication with staff, vendors, customers and neighbours
Reports to:
Operations Manager
Direct Reports:
Market Manager and Market Crew and Volunteers in assigned markets

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

HR Management
• Train, supervise and perform annual performance review for market managers within district
• Hiring, orientation, training and supervision of market crew (hiring/training in the spring)
• Scheduling and delegating responsibilities to market crew
• Identifying and training of new potential market managers from seasonal staff

Resource Management
• Maintain record of equipment and merchandise inventory
• Ensure equipment is being maintained, and perform basic equipment maintenance based on
maintenance schedule
• Identify opportunities to be more efficient with equipment and resources
• Communicate needs for new equipment, significant repairs to Operations Manager

Participant Coordination
• Recruitment, scheduling and retention of Vendors, initially & ongoing throughout the year
• Working with the Operation Manager to cultivate pool of vendors appropriate for market
locations
• Support orientation of new vendors
• Planning market day layout of vendors, community tables and buskers
• Collection of vendor fees and ensuring vendor policies are followed
• Community Table, Volunteer and busker program co-ordination and scheduling
• Office “Point of contact” for participants interested in markets in assigned district

Market Operations Support and Communication
• Market set up and tear down
• Managing market money and merchandise sales
• On-site communication with staff, vendors, customers and neighbors
• Updating sales and inventory counts, communicate needs for supplies to Operations Manager
• Troubleshoot market site issues with Market Manager and/or Operations Manager and help
find solutions
• Ensure markets are meeting VFM standards for safety, aesthetic appeal and permitted use
• Ensure market special programs (ie. Sponsor activations, coupon program, master gardeners,
donation station, etc.) are properly accounted for with space and equipment
• Assist Market Manager in communicating rule violations, follow up paperwork
• Communicate changes in market operations procedures to Operations Manager

Events and Marketing
• Plan for and approve special market events, manage budget and resources
• Contribute to bi-weekly vendor bulletin and monthly newsletter as appropriate
• Contribute to annual advertising and promotions plan
• Ensuring posters and other marketing material are posted for upcoming events
• Sending out Press release for upcoming events and communicate with media
• Updating Facebook and BCAFM Event listings
• Communicating weekly vendor lists through e-mail and social media
• Communicate district events and new market features to staff at meetings
• Contribute to gaining sponsorships for markets under your supervision
• Contribute to website and social media content pertaining to market events and happenings

Data Entry, Analysis, Meetings and Reporting
• Ensure Market Manager sales reports are up to date
• Provide weekly/bi-weekly updates at staff meetings
• Participate in monthly District Manager meetings
• Report out monthly, quarterly, annually to Operations Manager, Board as needed
• Plan and ensure annual surveys take place at your market locations

Key Performance Metrics:
Examples of key performance metrics include but are not limited to the following:
• Achieving district goals for stall revenue and market profit/loss
• Achieving district goal of booked stalls
• Achieve district goal of number of shoppers per week (if applicable)
• Achieve individual markets merchandise and money market sales goal (ie. Markets within
district see 10% or greater increase in overall sales)
• Funds raised are balanced within +/- $2.00 each market day
• Markets are fully staffed with market crew
• Market supplies and equipment are well maintained and have a less then 10% replacement rate
per year
• Connection to community, overall vendor satisfaction (info via vendor survey)
Actual goals for individual markets and districts will be set in consultation with Operations Manager

Skills/Attributes Required
• Ability to manage people and budgets
• Ability to forecast and set goals
• Ability to organize and plan for on site event logistics
• Ability to hire, train and delegate to staff
• Ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically with a variety of stakeholders
• Ability to manage daily market funds of up to $15 000
• Ability to enforce market policies and contribute to changes to policies via annual review
• Knowledge of event and food safety, either through the completion of Market Safe or Food
Safe or both.

Education and Experience
Typically the above skills and attributes can be acquired through the following education and
experience (though other education and experience backgrounds will be considered if they meet the above skill requirements):

• Completion of High School, with a preference for completion of a college or university program
ideally with courses in any of the following: event planning, administration, management,
marketing, communications, human resources or community engagement
• Food Safe Level 1 and Basic First Aid – either currently have or will be able to easily obtain prior
to commencing employment
• Experience managing teams of 5-10 people in a service/retail/operations setting
• Experience coordinating events including planning logistics, delegating tasks and
communicating with stakeholders
• Experience with daily cash management of funds up to $15000
• Prior farmers market management experience is a must – candidates with VFM market management experience will be considered strongly
• Experience using vendor scheduling software “Manage My Market”
• Familiarity with AccountEdge, Excel, Word, Adobe Creative Suite
• Valid BC Drivers License with clean driving record. Access to a reliable car an asset.

Deadline for Applications: January 22, 2019
Please email your cover letter with resume to laura@eatlocal.org with ‘District Manager’ in the
subject line.

fresh roots

Fresh Roots is looking for great farmers, educators, and farmer/educators to join our team this growing season! Please share with your networks. Job descriptions are available at freshroots.ca/jobs!
We’re hiring for the following positions:
  • Experiential Learning Program Lead – Apply by Jan 20!
    • mid-March through October, running spring and fall field trips and summer day camp programs
    • Vancouver-based
  • Market Lead – Apply by Jan 31!
    • mid-April through mid-October, running our Farmers Market stands and working with our Farm Team
    • Vancouver Based
  • Suwa’lkh Program Lead
    • April through July, run our PoCo farmer’s market and assist with farming and farm and forest-based educational programming at the Suwa’lkh School
    • Coquitlam based
  • SOYL Program Lead
    • Mid-May through August, working with our SOYL youth empowerment program
    • Coquitlam based
  • Schoolyard Farm Team
    • mid-May through August, farming!
    • Vancouver based
  • SOYL Facilitators
    • June through August, facilitating our SOYL youth empowerment program for teens
    • Vancouver, Coquitlam, or Delta based
  • Farm Day Camp Staff
    • July-August, facilitating summer day camp for kids ages 4-11
    • Vancouver based

 

 

Education Program Coordinator

Richmond Food Security Society (RFSS) is a not-for-profit organization inspiring a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy, and community-building initiatives.

We are a small team supported by many volunteers all passionate about urban agriculture and food security. We live the values of the Richmond Food Charter and we courageously engage our community to address food-related challenges. We grow the community and have fun while doing it. We are a living wage, equal opportunity organization, and will not discriminate on any basis.

We are seeking a dynamic and energetic Education Program Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will start by leading and enhancing core operations of current programs that include the Kids in the Garden Program, the Summer Employment Program and the Get Rooted Youth Program.

The Kids in the Garden Program brings facilitators into elementary schools to work with different classes, support a school’s garden, as well as build a culture and confidence around gardening and sustainable food awareness in the school environment.
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Our Summer Employment Program offers children and youth the opportunity to develop employment and gardening skills while maintaining a flourishing green space during the summer months and the Get Rooted Youth Program engages youth to fuel their personal development while building leadership skills.

There is significant growth potential in this role, and the opportunity to be involved in the planning, designing, and implementation of new projects and programs. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director and must be passionate about education, food and community development, exceptionally organized, and a real people person with a solid teaching and gardening background.

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Teach, develop and expand current education programs such as the Kids in the Garden Program, the Summer Employment Program and the Get Rooted Youth Program
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners including, but not limited to, city staff and elected officials, school board trustees and staff, health authority staff, teachers, principals, parents, and students
  • Develop and implement systems to evaluate programs qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Keep organized and thorough operational records of program data, results, contacts, and operational details
  • Communicate effectively about the society and programs through traditional media, online media, and print products, following RFSS brand standards and communications protocols
  • Work in the best interests of the whole organization and developing operational systems

Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field, such as Education, Nutrition, Land and Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture or Environmental Science
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing education programming
  • Solid working knowledge of organic gardening principles
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends
  • Tech-savvy, and proficient in word processing, databases, email, blogging and social media
  • Physical mobility, ability, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting and digging in gardens
  • Vehicle access is required in order to transport supplies to schools, and travel to events. Mileage will be reimbursed
  • Understand budgeting in relation to grant funding
  • Have or willing to obtain:
  • Criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
  • FoodSafe Level 1
  • Emergency First Aid

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Work with a growing, passionate team committed to community development and food literacy
  • Be part of the thriving food security and urban agriculture movement
  • Build extensive knowledge of organic gardening and teaching
  • Practice sound program and project management principles
  • Work with stakeholders and clients, utilizing strong communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Develop strong oral and written communication skills including report writing, both in text and visual formats
  • Understand and use relevant BC School Curriculum and municipal environmental laws and regulations

Location

This position will start based primarily out of the RFSS office centrally located in Paulik Park, Richmond. Travel around Richmond will be required for meetings, program delivery, and events.

Role Details

Application deadline: Ongoing, or until the position is filled.

Start date: Jan 2020

Compensation: Starting at a living wage of $20/hr + biannual increases + prorated 3 weeks annual vacation + prorated 10 annual wellness days. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, permanent full time. Hours are typically between Mon-Fri 8:30 AM 4:30 PM. Up to 10 evenings and up to 10 weekends are required per year for programs and special events. Some work from home is possible (laptop provided), as are flexible hours.

Application Details

Please feel free to reach out to the Executive Director in advance to ask any clarifying questions at 778-681-9264

In order to apply, send cover letter and resume to the Executive Director

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

Benefits:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Education reimbursement
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Work from home opportunities
  • On-site parking
  • Casual dress

 

The sharing farm – farm manager

For over 18 years The Sharing Farm (TSF), a not-for-profit community 
farm, has been growing food to donate to the Richmond Food Bank 
and community meal programs. We occupy a 4-acre site in  Terra 
Nova Park. We have a state of the art barn built in 2016, including a 
walk-in cooler and wash station. There is also a good inventory of 
equipment and machinery including a Grillo G131 walk behind tractor,a Kubota LA525 tractor, a paper pot transplanter, and a farm truck. 
At The Sharing Farm, high functioning systems are in place, the soil is well conditioned, the clientele is established and the community is 
supportive.

Although not certified organic, we adhere to organic practises. Our farm is based on Jean Martin 
Fortier’s model for a market garden. We grow 30different crops and specialize in salad mix and 
greenhouse tomatoes. Wegrow almost year-round in non-heated greenhouses as well as in our
fields.

We donate approximately 20,000 lbs of produce to the Food Bank every year, and we also grow 
food for sale to raise funds for sustaining our operation.This includes a 60 person CSA, weekly  
Farmer’s Markets and restaurant sales from Jun-Nov.

The Sharing Farm has four season-long staff members (Executive Director, Farm Manager, 
Assistant Director/ Beekeeper and Volunteer Coordinator), as well as a team of 3-5 farm labourers/ interns for 12 weeks during the peak of the season. The Sharing Farm also has around 600 
volunteers a year working in the fields, including 3 weekly drop-in sessions and weekly corporate 
group sessions.

ROLE OVERVIEW
TSF is seeking a Farm Manager to be responsible for managing all aspects of planning and 
production in the field and to manage the Field Team (Volunteer Coordinator season-long, and 
farm labourers in the summer). The Farm Manager will be responsible for the planning, execution and delivery of approximately 20,000 lbs of produce for donation and around $95,000 worth
of produce for sale. This position requires an experienced farmer who can grow quality, organic 
produce to meet these targets using sustainable methods. The ideal candidate will be ready to 
make a multi-year commitment to our organization.

Position runs from 1 Mar- 1 Dec 2020 and will start again in Mar 2021
Working days Tuesday-Saturday, increasing to 6 days a week in peak season

COMPENSATION
• $40,000 annually
• Organic vegetables for personal use

PRODUCTION TARGETS
• 60 person CSA for 17 weeks. Value of CSA is $595 per person ($35 per week)
• Produce for 22 Farmers Markets per year (Totalling approximately $37,000)
• Produce for TSF’s annual Garlic Festival sales ($10,000)
• Restaurant sales of $10,000 per year (predominately in salad mix)
• Donation of approximately 20,000 lbs of produce for the Richmond Food Bank

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
• Overall strategic leadership and day-to-day operational management of vegetable production 
including planning, seeding, weeding, irrigation, pest control, maintaining soil health, harvesting, 
post harvest processing etc.
• Ensuring our production targets are met
• Leading the Field Team and planning work for volunteers
• Maintaining high-quality produce standards and food safety standards
• Ensuring the site is tidy and safe: we are in a public park, with responsibility to the City of 
Richmond to maintain the site to a high standard.
• Work according to the 2020 crop plan including rotations, planting map, greenhouse seeding, 
seed inventory, and plant and seed orders created by the outgoing Farm Manager. In future years be responsible for the creation of the crop plan
• Maintenance of all farm equipment and facilities, supervision of repair and maintenance work
• Maintain accurate records of all farm activities

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct Reports: Volunteer coordinator and 3-5
Summer Field Interns/ Labourers

CANDIDATE PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
• 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 of managing staff and volunteers
• Experience of growing for CSA, Farmers Markets and Restaurants

COMPETENCIES
• Ability to meet our production targets
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive larger vehicles
• Ability to operate, or learn to operate, our farm machinery (Kubota LA525, Grillo G 131, flame 
weeder, etc)
• Be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs
• Strong organizational skills including: multi-tasking, prioritizing, planning, and effective time 
management

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
• Willing to work long hours as necessary. In the Spring and late Fall the work hours are less than 
full time and in peak season they are 50+ hours/week
• Willing to take vacation in the shoulder seasons and to work throughout the peak growing season. It may be possible to take a couple of long weekends throughout summer, but any longer leave 
must be taken in the shoulder seasons.
• Passionate about sustainable agriculture and food security
• Socially engaged and excited about working at a not-for-profit community farm, with diverse 
groups of people in an urban environment
• Strong initiative and entrepreneurial drive

HOW TO APPLY:
Send Resume and Cover Letter to
sarah@sharingfarm.ca.
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL
SUITABLE CANDIDATE HAS BEEN FOUND.







Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has put out a call for a qualitative study looking into the barriers and opportunities for serving traditional foods and recipes in public institutions. Would be great if you could share this link to share with your networks if you think relevant. See details below (I can’t send a direct link to the bid RFP page because it is on BC Bid, but it can be found through advanced search. I copied the summary below, and attached the RFP doc. Deadline is in a week!

The Ministry of Health (Ministry) is seeking a Contractor to complete a qualitative study to identify the barriers and facilitators to serving traditional foods and indigenous recipes in public institutions. The study will consider applicable legislations, best practices from other jurisdictions, and results from consultations with health authority and post-secondary institution food procurement decision makers.

Contract signing to March 31, 2020. The budget available to perform the services is a maximum of $75,000 (including all Contractor fees, administrative, and travel expenses).

The Proponent should have experience and skills in:

  • Completing jurisdictional scans
  • Managing consultations
  • Facilitating in-person and teleconference stakeholder consultations
  • Summarizing responses, identifying themes, and preparing formal reports
  • Providing advice and recommendations based on consultation
  • Working in the healthcare or post-secondary foodservice sectors and/or with Indigenous populations.

Victory gardens  – Seasonal Garden Installation, Ecological Landscaping and Expert Food Grower and Educator

We’re looking for stellar folks to build, maintain and educate in edible, productive and beneficial gardens in Vancouver, BC. You will have the opportunity to build organic vegetable gardens in all kinds of spaces, maintain ecological landscapes and grow food in our region. Not to mention you’ll get to work outside all summer long! 

Victory Gardens is a Vancouver based worker cooperative founded in 2012 that is motivated to transform landscapes to become productive, beneficial and beautiful. Our model removes the barriers to all types of production, such as: Annual vegetable, perennial fruit and berry, pollinator, native and xeriscaped gardens and ensures our gardens thrive through education and maintenance. All garden activities are organic and are intentionally focused on ensuring continuity with existing landscapes and adding to local biodiversity.

See full job description here: https://www.goodwork.ca/jobs/organic-food-and-vegetable-gardening-jobs-55556

Project Coordinator (non-Academic) and/or PostDoc Project Coordinator

Home Office | Apply by January 15, 2020

The Municipal Network on Food (MNF) is a developing network of community organizations, food policy councils and municipal staff aiming to work at a municipal/city/region level (urban, rural, remote) across Canada, with recognition this work occurs on native lands.

This project is working towards:

  • Increased strategic alignment across national, provincial and regional/municipal councils and networks on approaches and action to reduce food insecurity and promote sustainable food systems.
  • Increased and ongoing commitment and resources by municipalities on food planning, policy and programs, including dedication of staff resources.

Currently funded by the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security and operating on Tides Canada’s shared platform, with pending matching funds for a coordination and research role through a Mitacs Post-Doctoral Fellowship grant, the goal of this 3-year initiative is to consolidate learning within a growing network, to concretely address household and community food insecurity at the municipal/city/region level in Canada.

To view the full job posting, please click here.

Fresh Roots

Fresh Roots is blooming – we have so many cool programs on the go we are looking for new team members to help us grow more food and engage more youth in growing and eating good food!
We are looking for a full time Communications and Engagement Manager, a part time Operations Coordinator, and an Experiential Learning Program Lead. More info and to apply on our jobs page: https://freshroots.ca/about/job-opportunities/ Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested in working with us!
A little bit about the positions:
COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Are you excited about engaging with youth to tell their stories? And about getting creative about stewarding the Fresh Roots community? The Communications and Engagement Manager tells our stories, engages our volunteers and partners, and helps our community grow. The position will design and evolve our donor communications, develop our communications strategy from scratch, develop the voice of Fresh Roots, lead the organization’s brand and social media, and share our vision of Good Food for All. The role will work closely with the Executive Director to grow and diversify our fundraising capacity and work to advocate for engaging kids and youth in growing and eating good food.
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
The Operations Coordinator plays a key role in managing the day-to-day effectiveness of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, including our office systems, operations and human resources administration. The Operations Coordinator will play a collaborative role in developing and implementing systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work and support our ability to grow and expand impact. This is a position for someone who loves the details in life and has a natural tendency towards systems and organizing. You are hyper-organized, reliable, versatile, enjoy problem-solving and team interaction.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM LEAD
Are you a day camp or environmental education super star? Do you get excited about a beautifully organized binder or spreadsheet? Do you want to grow kids, veggies, and your own abilities while also lifting up others? As the EL Program Lead, you will work closely with the Experiential Learning Manager to run spring and fall field trips and act as Assistant Camp Director for Camp Fresh Roots, all on our schoolyard farms!

FARMER LIAISON AND DELIVERY: LUNCHLAB

Lord Roberts Elementary, Total Education High School, Fresh Roots, and Growing Chefs! have partnered together to create LunchLAB a new education program where students learn to grow, cook, and share delicious food! What’s for lunch (or dinner… or breakfast… or snack)? is the question du jour. LunchLAB is about helping students be able to answer that question on their own. Students start by growing their own. Then, supplemented by food from local farms, 8 youth cook with their teacher and a chef in residence twice per week for 150 of their peers. LunchLAB is about connecting Good Food to kids, and helping them be able to cook and share that food with their peers. Because if you’re hungry, you cannot learn. That’s why LunchLAB exists. And we need your help to close the loop from farm to fork!
Full Job Description

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

 


indigenous youth employment program

 

 

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


Quest food exchange Jobs

  • Warehouse Drivers

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