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URBAN AGRICULTURE PROGRAMMER
PART-TIME CONTRACT POSITION

The Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute is based out of Collingwood Neighbourhood House. With our many partner organizations and volunteers, we strive to promote intercultural learning and leadership around sustainable growing, community building, diverse food traditions, and healthy eating in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. We believe that food is a human right, and that the “right to food” means much more than meeting basic nutritional requirements. We help bring neighbours together to find solutions to issues like hunger and isolation in our community.

JOB OVERVIEW

The Urban Agriculture Programmer is responsible for the operations of our urban growing spaces and garden-based programming. This involves supporting community garden animators and volunteers to grow and maintain gardens, providing educational support and content, and supporting the leadership and development of our participants. This position will be supported by a summer student (funding dependent).

RESPONSIBILITIES
Programmer’s responsibilities include, and are not limited to:

Programming (35%)
– Plan, organize and facilitate community-led programming in 3 urban food growing spaces: The Norquay Food Forest (permaculture garden), The CNH Rooftop Garden, and the Cheyenne Community Garden
– Coordinate physical upgrades, production & maintenance to the above food growing spaces (purchasing supplies & equipment, mobilizing volunteers for maintenance, watering etc.)
– Ensure programs are facilitated in an inclusive, accessible, and safe manner for all participants

Planning and Admin (35%)
– Collaborate with Food Security Staff to ensure project outcomes and objectives are being met
– Develop and monitor work plan with supervisor, adhering to project timelines
– Maintain up-to-date records of program statistics and spending
– Support evaluation of program outcomes and reporting

Volunteer Engagement and management (20%)
– Support and provide mentorship to Community Food Forest Animators to develop and implement programming to our gardens
– Build and maintain garden volunteer team via outreach and ongoing communication
– Increase participation in weekly rooftop garden sessions through outreach and relationship-building

Partnership development (10%)
– Strengthen and build partnerships with other community organizations
– Collaborate with Community Development Team on community celebrations and events (Collingwood Days, Food Forest Solstice Party, Community Garden events)

QUALIFICATIONS
 Experience in urban food and native plant growing and environmental stewardship
 Passion for food justice and food security issues
 Strong interpersonal and communication skills
 Ability to work independently
 Experience facilitating community programs and leading groups of community members/volunteers
 Strong organizational skills, able to keep projects within budget and timelines
 Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects independently and collaboratively
 Knowledge of the Renfrew Collingwood community, resources and networks
 Ability to work flexible hours
 Creative and flexible approach to work
 Satisfactory Criminal Record Search
 Problem-solving skills – able to adapt to changes through project implementation
 Attitudes and values in keeping with the inclusionary goals and philosophy of the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute and Collingwood Neighbourhood House

ASSETS
 Experience working from an anti-oppression framework
 Valid BC drivers licence & access to a vehicle
 Resident of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood

WAGES AND BENEFITS
Wages: 15 hrs/wk at $25.73/hour
Schedule: April 20th – Aug 31 st at minimum* ; weekly schedule is flexible.

*Possibility of extension and/or expansion of hours, based on incoming funding.
Location: Flexible, work in gardens, from home or Collingwood Neighbourhood House

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada, with priority given to Canadian Citizens and permanent residents. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, the employer will not consider your job application. As per the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Human Resources Policies and Procedures, all factors being equal, first priority will be given to qualified local and internal applicants. Equality of opportunity and diversity of our company is important to us. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Mik Turje
Food Security Coordinator
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
5288 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9
foodsecurity@cnh.bc.ca | Fax No. 604-451-1191
Please quote reference #CD09-20-01
Closing date: March 30, 2020

Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver Farmers Market

The Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM) is seeking an innovative, inspiring, and business-savvy leader to be its new CEO. This is a unique opportunity to be at the helm of a self-supporting organization with a 25-year history of enabling local food distribution, fostering producers and small businesses, and bringing people together in Vancouver communities.

Founded in 1995 as a non-profit society, VFM has grown to become one of Canada’s leading farmers market organizations with nine weekly markets, 470,000 shoppers per year, and annual vendor sales of over $10 million. VFM runs farmers markets in Vancouver all year round, including seven weekly summer markets and two weekly winter markets in neighbourhoods across the city.
VFM also helps low income families access fresh, healthy food from vendors through the Fresh to Families Project.

VFM is seeking a CEO that will take VFM to the next level of its impact for the local food movement and benefit for small business owners – while positioning VFM as a key influencer and convener for food related policy decisions, advocating for BC producers, with governments, business and the consumer. The CEO is responsible for providing strategic and managerial leadership for VFM,
and will carry out this responsibility by working with the board and staff in establishing a strategic plan in support of the organization’s values and mission.

The CEO is also responsible for overseeing all VFM operations, creating and maintaining a culture consistent with the organization’s mission and social enterprise model, and executing the operating plan via the staff team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about growing the local food movement in BC to help expand VFM’s footprint and clearly impact this important sector of the economy.

Key Responsibilities

Organization strategy and operations
● Create, plan and implement the 3-5 year strategic plan.
● Hire, retain, and mentor a high-performing, diverse team with a commitment
to strong staff engagement, equity, and inclusivity.
● Establish, monitor and maintain appropriate management systems to provide for the effective control of operations and minimize risks.

Financial performance and viability
● Develop and implement a sustainable financial model that will enable effective market operations and grow the reserve fund.
● Manage resource spending and allocation, operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization and maintaining a positive financial position.
● Manage and cultivate new earned income sources for the organizationincluding with relevant government partnerships.
● Drive fundraising strategies and activities that lead to organizational sustainability and growth, ensuring the engagement of VFM’s existing donor base while cultivating new supporters among government, corporate, foundation, and individual funding communities.

External representation
● Serve as the external face of the organization, enhancing VFM’s visibility, brand recognition, and credibility.
● Act as a thought leader and advocate for local food systems that benefit the environment, local producers, consumers and communities.
● Be an articulate communicator and build strong strategic narratives. Capitalize on and generate public speaking and written communication opportunities.
● Influence policy and secure funding from political decision makers at the city, park board, school board, provincial and federal levels.
● Build relationships with First Nations communities – especially the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Governance
● Report to the Board of Directors, and act as the primary point of accountability for the overall strategic and operational success of VFM. In partnership with the board, assure the accomplishment of the organization’s vision and strategic goals. Engage board members in the current and future needs of the organization.
● Ensure that the board remains fully informed of all significant matters in a timely and accurate fashion.
● Ensure that the board is able to provide the best counsel and advice possible.
● Ensure compliance by VFM with all applicable laws and regulations and foster ethical and responsible decision making.

Professional Qualifications
● Executive leadership – A minimum of five years of executive leadership experience, with a track record of success scaling organizations in the food, small business, and/or nonprofit sectors
● Financial and business acumen – Proven ability to design a sustainable financial model and history of managing complex budgets
● Ambitious thinker – A leader who holds the bold and expansive vision of a local food movement that works for all Vancouverites (and beyond) and can lead an organization designed to architect that change at scale
● Broad personal and professional network – Ability to activate networks towards mission goals while also integrating with the existing VFM vendors and networks
● Strategic thinking – Demonstrated success developing a compelling strategic vision for improving outcomes
● Critical thinking – Ability to translate the VFM vision into an effective, testable, and evolving strategy
● Values-driven – Alignment with organizational values and operating principles; a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the ability to serve as an exemplar for an organization’s values and foster an inclusive and respectful workplace
● Strategic leadership – Ability to communicate our strategy internally and externally to partners, funders, and the public, with the ability to visibly demonstrate leadership and represent VFM in the government and funding communities
● Team management – Proven experience building and managing teams. Have a track record of leading a performance-based culture that motivate semployees (and volunteers) to excellence and promotes accountability; capable of recruiting, mentoring, and training VFM staff.

Compensation And Benefits
VFM offers a competitive package that includes extended health benefits, a flexible schedule and an annual salary circa $80,000.
VFM values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, LGBT individuals,
people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, and Indigenous Peoples to
apply. VFM is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against
because of race, colour, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry,
marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited
by municipal, provincial or federal laws.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, March 20, 2020

Please email your cover letter with resume to ceo@eatlocal.org with ‘VFM CEO’ in
the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however,
only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

breaksfast club of canada: Indigenous programs manager

Statut: Permanent, Full time
Location: Vancouver, BC or remote location in Western Canada
Experience: 2 years

APPLY

Breakfast Club of Canada is looking to hire a driven, resourceful and self-motivated candidate with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to take on the role of Coordinator, Indigenous Programs in Western Canada.

Reporting to the Programs Senior Advisor, the Coordinator will work closely with Indigenous and non-Indigenous schools and community partners to help them achieve high quality breakfast programs, specifically as it pertains to program management, healthy and culturally appropriate meal preparation, nutritional education and positive socialization. This person will develop and execute initiatives to improve the quality of support provided by the Club to Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners, as well as develop new and meaningful relationships with key stakeholders.

More specifically, the selected candidate will:

  • Coordinate the various steps involved in starting and running breakfast programs and offer ongoing support to schools and regional partners in delivery of their breakfast programs;
  • Collaborate with schools, communities and regional/local organizations to improve proximity and local capacity in food security, nutrition, student engagement, and program management through in-person visits/training sessions and collaborative partnerships;
  • Develop and implement projects to improve food security and food access for schools and communities;
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop and articulate an internal Indigenous affairs strategy to build internal capacity as well as external relations;
  • Develop, track, and report on OKRs and KPIs regarding service levels and local impact; report on and analyse data concerning local and regional support;
  • Support colleagues to enhance relationships within school communities and facilitate collaboration;
  • Perform other duties as required to ensure the smooth functioning of the team.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS/PROFILE:

Experience with Indigenous Communities:

  • Experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada;
  • Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • High level of cultural competency and strong cultural mediation skills;
  • Able to develop and maintain strong relationships with various groups of people.

Creativity and Media Skills:

  • Facilitation and presentation skills;
  • Photography/video and writing skills would be an asset.

Additional Qualities Desired:

  • Undergraduate University degree in Anthropology, Social Sciences, Community Development, Education, Native Studies or another related field.
  • An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience will be considered;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience;
  • Experience working in the public school system is an asset;
  • Research and development skills, as well as interest and/or experience in food system logistics, food security and nutrition;
  • Proficient in English, written and spoken;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, plus database experience;

WORK CONDITIONS:

  • Permanent, full time position;
  • 40 hours/week, Monday to Friday;
  • Work location: Vancouver or remote location in Western Canada;
  • Occasional travel required;
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license;
  • Must satisfy a background security check;
  • Start date: as soon as possible.

The front yard gardener co.

The farm worker position begins in mid-April as part time (2-3 days a week, generally Thursdays to Saturdays) and leads up to 5 days a week mid-June until mid to late November.

We are looking for someone that:

  • Has experience in the agriculture or nursery industry but not limited to it

  • Is able to lift heavy things and work outside in all conditions (rain and sun)

  • Is able to bend over, kneel or stand for long periods of time while seeding, transplanting or doing other farm tasks

  • Able to follow instruction well and work alone at times

  • Reliable with access to a vehicle

Someone with experience working on previous farms or nursery settings would be preferred but a keen willingness to learn and take initiative would be considered as well. Having your own rain gear is preferred for spring and fall work.

Various tasks include seeding, transplanting, harvesting, bed prep, farm organization/clean up, prep for markets and other sales avenues. Some market days may be included and there would be applicable training for that as required.

Work will be divided between 5 sites, a vehicle will be required to reach the Richmond farm, the other 4 are in the city and transit accessible. However, most of the work will be located in Richmond. Full time work days will generally be from Tuesday – Saturday, approximately 35-40 hours a week. Must be OK with working in the early hours during the summer, between 6-7 am. Hourly pay is $15.00 to start (plus 4% vacation pay), there will be extra flowers and herbs to take home for you!

Please submit a resume with your awesome cover letter and references to Rose Dykstra at rose@thefrontyardflowerco.com by March 3rd, 2020.

 

Chimo Community Developer
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 8 days (Thu, 27 Feb)
part time

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, a multi-service community agency working in East Vancouver, with a mission to cultivate opportunities with people and partners to build a socially just, resilient, and connected community. We work in partnership with BC Housing to support the creation of a welcoming and safe community with BC Housings Chimo Terrace housing complex. We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic person to work 12 hours per week with Chimo’s residents to plan and implement place-based community development activities and programming. The Chimo Community Developer will provide information and referral, and develop and implement drop-in programs that encourage positive peer support, leadership and community connectedness. This role will report to Kiwassa’s Community Engagement and Learning Coordinator and BC Housing Coordinator of Community Development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plans, promotes, delivers and evaluates resident-focused activities
  • Facilitation of programming, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment using community spaces on site at the Chimo Terrace Housing Complex, and when required at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House.
  • Encourages inter-generational participation, peer support and community building within the residences
  • Promotes connection to the larger community and neighbourhood through relationship-building and resource knowledge
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of community resources including other Kiwassa Programs; provides information on and refers participants to community service organizations and resources
  • Maintains a healthy and safe environment for participants and staff. Ensures that the necessary facilities, equipment and materials are available for the sessions.
  • Works within and monitors a small program budget in addition to tracking purchases and submitting proper financial documentation.
  • Maintains and tracks quarterly statistics and data for reporting to BC Housing and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
  • Works with other Kiwassa staff and programs to identify and develop initiatives to meet the needs and interests of residents.

Qualifications:

  • Relevant post-secondary education in social services field
  • Experience working with diverse, vulnerable, at-risk youth, families and seniors
  • Strong knowledge of community and government resources
  • Facilitation of and community development experience with groups with diverse backgrounds and ages.
  • Clear Criminal Record Check
  • Comfortable working independently, taking initiative and reporting to a larger team.
  • Good communication skills
  • Energetic and creative
  • Current First Aid & CPR
  • Class 4 driver’s license an asset

COMPENSATION:

  • This is a 12 hours per week position offering that pays $21.74/hr.

To be considered for this position, please email your resume and cover letter by Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 5 p.m. to careers@kiwassa.ca , RE: Chimo Community Developer

 

Edible Garden Project – Urban Farm Volunteer Internship Opportunity

Position: Volunteer Farm Intern
Type: Part-time volunteer with learning opportunities and access to produce
Organization: North Shore Neighbourhood House – Edible Garden Project,  North Vancouver, B.C.

The North Shore Neighbourhood House (NSNH) is a charitable organization that has been
operating on the North Shore of Vancouver for over 75 years. The Edible Garden Project (EGP) is a program of the NSNH that builds community through growing local food on the North Shore. This volunteer position provides a season-long opportunity to assist in running a successful social enterprise urban farm. Our Farm serves as a model of local sustainable food production and is a community hub, providing hands-on learning and volunteer opportunities to the community. Volunteer Interns will be leaders on the farm and gain hands-on experience in all aspects of enterprise, including farm management, volunteer coordination, community outreach and education with supervision and mentorship from our Farm Manager and Program Manager. We believe that the best way to learn about farming is by farming, and therefore the majority of the internship will involve working alongside our farmers and learning about the importance of planning, pace, efficiency and timing. We also leave time for more creative projects, like flower arranging, and we are happy to accommodate specific learning requests from dedicated interns.

We are not looking simply for labourers, but for people keen to learn as much as they can about running a successful urban farming operation. Our hope is that our volunteer interns will leave the program feeling confident that they have a solid base of understanding in how to run a small urban farm operation.

Internship Details:
• April – October 2019
• 6-8 hours a week, flexible scheduling to be determined with candidate
• Access to produce

Learning Opportunities:
• Field prep/planning: compost and soil management, season extension, crop rotation
• Seeding/propagation: direct seeding, seedling starting and maintenance, transplanting
• Crop maintenance: pruning, thinning, weed and pest management
• Harvesting and post-harvest preparation
• Marketing produce and managing a farm market
• Community outreach and event planning
• Beekeeping (Occasional)

What We’re Looking For:
• Self-motivated and passionate about growing food in the city
• Experience and willingness to do hard work in all weather conditions
• Team player with a sense of humour
• Good communication skills
• Capable of taking initiative and solving problems
• Attention to detail (organized farm site, tool maintenance etc.)
• Physically fit and able to squat, bend and lift at least 40 pounds

Assets:
• Basic construction skills
• Experience working with diverse volunteers
• Basic horticultural skills
• Experience with outdoor/experiential education

How to Apply:
Please send a brief letter (max 500 words) outlining the following:
• Relevant experience
• Skills that you will bring to the team
• What you hope to gain from such an internship experience
• Specific interests or topics that you would like to learn more about

Send email to admin@ediblegardenproject.com

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All local shortlisted candidates will be required to fulfill an interview and complete a Criminal Record Check. We are recruiting up to five (5) interns for the 2019 season.

To learn more about the Edible Garden Project and our social enterprise farms (Loutet Farm and Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden), visit our website: http://www.ediblegardenproject.com

sky harvest

Bike Delivery & Microgreen Farm Assistant Contract Position (Part-time or Full-time)

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 or Full-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 and planting is also a key component of this position

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong cycling skills are a must. This is not a casual bike ride
  • 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 or full time Contract position available (16-30 hours weekly). Mandatory work days are Wednesdays & Fridays (both positions) with additional days available.
  • Start time: Immediately
  • Pay: Starting pay is $14.50/hr & Extended Health Benefits & Hot Yoga membership & weekly microgreens.
  • 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 us, a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to:
aaron@skyharvest.ca

http://www.skyharvest.ca

Greater Vancouver food bank

Community Food Hub Assistants

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join our team, in our vibrant brand new office and warehouse. Full time-permanent and contract roles available. $22 per hour. Employee benefits We provide a modern and inclusive work environment with excellent Skytrain accessibility and free parking. Our competitive benefit.

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager works closely with the leadership and development teams to oversee all aspects of the GVFB’s communications and brand. This collaborative, creative communications professional develops and implements our strategic communications plan to reinforce and forward the GVFB brand identity; broaden awareness for it’s programs and priorities; and increase visibility for it’s programs across key stakeholder audiences.

https://foodbank.bc.ca/our-careers/communications-manager/

Food Sort Assistant

The GVFB warehouse is a bright, spacious and welcoming environment. People notice the “wow” factor when they walk in for the first time and see behind the scenes of our impressive operation. It contains 60,000 cubic feet of coolers and freezers which we have named “Refrigeration Alley” allowing us to receive and distribute a large amount of perishable food donations. The Food Sort Assistant supervises large corporate groups and daily regular volunteers in all functional areas of Food Sort within the warehouse. They are responsible for overseeing fresh, dry and frozen food sort. This also includes outbound fulfillment areas such as our Winston Hub and Community Partner Agencies distribution. Utilizing our increased storage capacity and efficient Food Sort space, we provide an essential service to our clients.

https://foodbank.bc.ca/our-careers/food-sort-assistant-2/

 

Board Member vancouver fruit tree project

Type: board of directors position / unpaid
Organization: Vancouver Fruit Tree Project
Location: Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society (VFTP) is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to harvesting and sharing fresh neighbourhood fruit, and increasing food security in the city. Since 1999 we have picked over 70,000 pounds of produce and redistributed through our community partners. We are a registered charity and operate on a modest annual budget. As such, we rely on our committed, enthusiastic board and volunteers to keep the project running.

The VFTP is seeking three individuals to join our board of directors. Our board is a group of passionate Metro Vancouverites dedicated to local food security and community-building. The positions are for a two-year term of office.

We are looking for individuals with an interest and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Finances & Accounting
  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer Management
  • Social Enterprise
  • Website Maintenance

That being said, if you are hard-working and keen, but do not have these qualities, please still consider the opportunity. For many of our directors, VFTP has offered a unique opportunity to learn and grow.

It is also important that board members demonstrate accountability, teamwork, enthusiasm, professionalism and communication at all times.

Dates and Time Commitment

All VFTP Directors are expected to commit to the following events and tasks, which require an average of 5-8 hours/month.

Meetings

  • Attend monthly board meetings (3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm)
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting (March 18, 2020, 6:30pm at Britannia Community Centre Conference Room)

Fruit picking

  • Attend Pick Leader training
  • Lead two fruit picks per harvest season

Outreach

  • Participate in two community outreach events

Other

  • Contribute to other aspects of the project between meetings

Diversity of experience

VFTP is committed to recruiting and supporting candidates for the Board that reflect the diversity of Metro Vancouver. VFTP encourages applications from people who live outside of Vancouver, individuals from racialized groups, Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities, people of diverse faiths, people of diverse social classes, people with diverse gender identities, and people with diverse sexual orientations.

At our next AGM on Wednesday, March 18th, we will be holding elections for new board members.

How to apply

To express interest in the VFTP board, please email Amy at:
amy@vancouverfruittree.com
as soon as possible.

Please contact Amy for more information about the project and opportunities with VFTP. To learn more about VFTP, check out our website http://www.vancouverfruittree.com.

 

EYA Program Coordinator, Seed Generation

Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver BC
Terms: 32 hrs/wk, permanent
Start Date: Flexible – anytime from March to July 2020
Hiring Range: $38,000 – $40,000
Reports to: Program Manager
NOTE: Substantial weekend work will be required for this position.
What we do: mission & mandate

EYA helps youth facing barriers to connect with nature and develop the skills, confidence, and
resilience to become community leaders and environmental stewards. We provide free handson programs in inner city green spaces, empowering youth to grow native plants, restore wildlife
habitat, carry out community science, and learn about using wild plants for food and medicine.
You’ll be joining a small but innovative organization, and a team of creative, fun, and likeminded colleagues. We value collaboration, accessibility & inclusivity, and authentic youth
leadership. EYA offers a flexible work schedule, options to work at home, a $300 annual health
spending account, and $150 annual pro D budget. To find out more, visit http://www.eya.ca
What you’ll do: situation & role overview

As Coordinator for the Seed Generation Program, you’ll design and facilitate several multi-week
youth programs each year, including developing curriculum and engaging youth to learn about
native plant horticulture and habitat restoration (e.g. invasive species removal and native
plantings). You will also work collaboratively with a team to maintain EYA’s nursery and
greenhouse and co-lead a habitat restoration project along Still Creek. The program is based in
Strathcona & Cottonwood Community Gardens in the Downtown Eastside, and is run in close
partnership with Red Fox Healthy Living Society and Still Moon Arts Society.

Key responsibilities
● Facilitate youth programs: Lead hands-on, experiential activities engaging youth to grow
native plants and rewild urban green spaces, including a section of Still Creek
● Support the maintenance of the native plant nursery and greenhouse, including caring for plants over the season using organic practices
● Design programming and develop curriculum, with support from the program manager
● Lead the restoration of a section of Still Creek and help maintain other rewilding areas
● Manage program logistics: create lesson plans, recruit youth & schedule guests
● Develop and maintain positive working relationships with our community partners and
local experts
● Recruit and mentor youth volunteers/interns to support program delivery
● Co-plan and coordinate youth-led community celebrations to showcase youths’ work
● Manage social media and marketing for the program
● Support program evaluation and reporting
● Support program fundraising work as needed
● Facilitate community or school workshops and stewardship events, as needed
● Ensure program activities adhere to organizational policies, relevant legislation, and
professional standards
● Other activities as identified by the Program Manager

What you’ll bring: requirements & assets
Are you an energetic and skilled facilitator? Do you have experience with horticulture and
ecological restoration and farming/gardening? We’re looking for someone with experience
running environmental education programs for youth and strong knowledge of horticulture, plant
care, and habitat restoration. Preferably, you’re familiar with native plants and/or excited to learn
more. You’re also organized, creative, collaborative, a good communicator & passionate about
plants!
● Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience/training in agriculture, applied biology,
environmental science, ecological restoration, ecology, science education, or related
field
● 1 – 2 years experience planning and facilitating ecology-related youth programs;
experience working with high school-aged youth from marginalized populations preferred
● Experience with ecological restoration, horticulture, or ecological farming; strong interest in urban habitat and rewilding
● Knowledge of plants native to coastal British Columbia an asset, or willingness to learn
● Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op required; access to a personal vehicle is an asset
● Able to work collaboratively with a small team to achieve shared goals
● Positive attitude, flexible, and willing to pitch in to make things happen
● Clear and concise communication skills
● Able to work independently and take initiative
● Organized and committed to high quality work
● Resourceful, handy, and able to creatively problem-solve
● Able to work responsibly and safely in inner-city garden spaces
● Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
● Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
● Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required
● Occupational First Aid Level 1 or willingness to obtain

How to apply

E-mail a short cover letter and resumé (in one document) to Emily Keller, Executive Director
with “Program Coordinator application” in the subject line: emily@eya.ca
The deadline to apply is February 28th or until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling
basis.

Position Title: Program Coordinator, Wild Mind

Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver BC
Terms: 32 hrs/wk, permanent (flexible schedule)
Start Date: Flexible – between March and May 2020
Wage: $38,000-$40,000
Reports to: Program Manager
NOTE: Substantial weekend work will be required for this position.
What we do: mission & mandate

EYA helps youth facing barriers to connect with nature and develop the skills, confidence, and
resilience to become community leaders and environmental stewards. We provide free hands-on
programs in inner city green spaces, empowering youth to grow native plants, restore wildlife
habitat, carry out community science, and learn about using wild plants for food and medicine.
You’ll be joining a small but innovative organization, and a team of creative, fun, and like-minded
colleagues. We value collaboration, accessibility & inclusivity, and authentic youth leadership.
EYA offers a flexible work schedule, options to work at home, a $300 annual health spending
account, and $150 annual pro D budget. To find out more, visit http://www.eya.ca
What you’ll do: situation & role overview

As the Program Coordinator for Wild Mind, you’ll design and facilitate field trips that help
elementary students explore urban ecology through art and science. In addition, you’ll facilitate a
number of multi-session programs for high school youth each year, supporting participants to
develop skills in native plant horticulture, habitat restoration, and using plants as medicines, food,
and artisan materials. You will also support maintenance of EYA’s nursery and greenhouse and
help lead a habitat restoration project along Still Creek. The program is based in Strathcona and
Cottonwood Community Gardens in the Downtown Eastside.

Key responsibilities
● Facilitate school field trips: Lead hands-on art and science-based activities engaging
students to explore urban ecology
● Design curriculum-aligned lesson plans on urban ecology & develop the field trip program
● Facilitate high school youth programs: Lead impactful activities engaging youth to grow
native plants, restore habitat, and learn about food and medicinal properties of plants
● Support habitat restoration along Still Creek and help maintain other rewilding areas
● Help manage and maintain the nursery and greenhouse that support the programs
● Manage program logistics: market programs, recruit teachers & youth, schedule guests
● Develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners and local experts
● Recruit and mentor youth volunteers/interns to support program delivery
● Manage social media and marketing for the program
● Support program evaluation and reporting
● Support operational improvement projects as needed
● Support program fundraising work as needed
● Facilitate community workshops/stewardship events; support community celebrations
● Ensure program activities adhere to organizational policies, relevant legislation, and
professional standards
● Other activities as identified by the Program Manager

What you’ll bring: requirements & assets
Are you an energetic and skilled facilitator? Do you have experience with horticulture and
ecological restoration and farming/gardening? We’re looking for someone with experience
running environmental education programs for youth and strong knowledge of plant care, habitat
restoration, and ecology. Preferably, you’re familiar with plants native to Coastal BC and/or
excited to learn more. You’re also organized, creative, collaborative, a good communicator, and
passionate about plants!
● Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience/training in applied biology, agriculture, ecology, Indigenous studies, environmental science, science education, or related field
● 1 – 2 years experience planning and facilitating youth programs; experience working with youth from marginalized populations preferred
● Strong interest in urban habitat and rewilding; experience with ecological restoration, horticulture, or ecological farming
● Knowledge of plants native to coastal British Columbia an asset, or willingness to learn
● Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op required; access to a personal
vehicle is an asset
● Able to work collaboratively with a small team to achieve shared goals
● Positive attitude, flexible, and willing to pitch in to make things happen
● Clear and concise communication skills
● Able to work independently and take initiative
● Organized and committed to high quality work
● Resourceful, handy, and able to creatively problem-solve
● Able to work responsibly and safely in inner-city garden spaces
● Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
● Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
● Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required
● Occupational First Aid Level 1 or willingness to obtain

How to apply
E-mail a short cover letter and resumé (in one document) to Emily Keller, Executive Director with
“Program Coordinator application” in the subject line: emily@eya.ca
The deadline to apply is February 28th or until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling
basis.

Position Title: Program Coordinator, Plants for People

Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver BC
Terms: 32 hrs/wk, permanent (flexible schedule)
Start Date: Flexible – between March and May 2020
Wage: $38,000 – $40,000
Reports to: Program Manager
NOTE: Substantial weekend work will be required for this position.

 

What we do: mission & mandate

EYA helps youth facing barriers to connect with nature and develop the skills, confidence, and
resilience to become community leaders and environmental stewards. We provide free hands-on
programs in inner city green spaces, empowering youth to grow native plants, restore wildlife
habitat, carry out community science, and learn about using wild plants for food and medicine.
You’ll be joining a small but innovative organization, and a team of creative, fun, and like-minded
colleagues. We value collaboration, accessibility & inclusivity, and authentic youth leadership.
EYA offers a flexible work schedule, options to work at home, a $300 annual health spending
account, and $150 annual pro D budget. To find out more, visit http://www.eya.ca

What you’ll do: situation & role overview

As Coordinator for the Plants for People Program, you’ll design and facilitate a number of multisession youth programs each year, including developing curriculum and supporting youth to
develop skills in using native plants as medicines, food, and artisan materials, and create and
maintain native plant harvesting spaces. You will also build strong relationships with Indigenous
Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and work collaboratively with a team to manage and maintain
the EYA nursery, greenhouse, and teaching and harvest gardens. The program is based in
Strathcona and Cottonwood Community Gardens in the Downtown Eastside.

Key responsibilities
● Facilitate youth programs: Lead impactful, hands-on activities engaging youth to learn about food and medicinal properties of plants, develop skills in preparing plant medicines, grow native plants in EYA’s nursery, and connect with land-based teachings
● Help create & maintain teaching/harvesting gardens using ecological gardening principles
● Design programming and develop curriculum, with support from the program manager
● Help manage and maintain the nursery and greenhouse that support the program
● Manage program logistics: create lesson plans, recruit youth & schedule guests
● Develop and maintain strong relationships with Indigenous Elders & Knowledge Keepers
● Recruit and mentor youth volunteers/interns to support program delivery
● Manage social media and marketing for the program
● Support program evaluation and reporting
● Support operational improvement projects as needed
● Support program fundraising work as needed
● Help facilitate community or school workshops, stewardship events, and youth-led
community events, as needed
● Ensure program activities adhere to organizational policies, relevant legislation, and
professional standards
● Other activities as identified by the Program Manager

What you’ll bring: requirements & assets

Are you an energetic and skilled facilitator? Do you have experience with ecological
farming/gardening, herbalism, or Indigenous plant use? We’re looking for someone with
experience running environmental education programs for youth and strong knowledge of plant
care and the use of plants for medicine (e.g. salves, tinctures, teas), foods, and fibre arts.
Preferably, you’re familiar with edible and medicinal native plants and/or excited to learn more.
You’re also organized, creative, collaborative, a good communicator & passionate about plants!
● Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience/training in agriculture, herbalism, applied biology, Indigenous studies, environmental science, ecology, education, or related field
● 1 – 2 years experience planning and facilitating ecology-related youth programs; experience working with high school youth from marginalized populations preferred
● Strong interest in herbalism/plant medicine and plant fibre arts and experience with  ecological farming, garden planning and design
● Knowledge of plants native to coastal British Columbia an asset, or willingness to learn
● Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op required; access to a personal
vehicle is an asset
● Able to work collaboratively with a small team to achieve shared goals
● Positive attitude, flexible, and willing to pitch in to make things happen
● Clear and concise communication skills
● Able to work independently and take initiative
● Organized and committed to high quality work
● Resourceful, handy, and able to creatively problem-solve
● Able to work responsibly and safely in inner-city garden spaces
● Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
● Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
● Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required
● Occupational First Aid Level 1 or willingness to obtain

How to apply
E-mail a short cover letter and resumé (in one document) to Emily Keller, Executive Director with
“Program Coordinator application” in the subject line: emily@eya.ca
The deadline to apply is February 28th or until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling
basis.

EYA Program Coordinator, Nature Stewards

32 hrs/wk, permanent (flexible schedule) Start Date: Flexible - 
between March and May 2020 Wage: $38,000 - $40,000
Reports to: Program Manager
Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver BC
NOTE: Substantial weekend work will be required for this position.




What we do: mission & mandate

EYA helps youth facing barriers to connect with nature and develop the skills, confidence, and resilience to become community leaders and environmental stewards. We provide free hands-on programs in inner city green spaces, empowering youth to grow native plants, restore wildlife habitat, carry out community science, and learn about using wild plants for food and medicine. You’ll be joining a small but innovative organization, and a team of creative, fun, and like-minded colleagues. We value collaboration, accessibility & inclusivity, and authentic youth leadership. EYA offers a flexible work schedule, options to work at home, a $300 annual health spending account, and $150 annual pro D budget. To find out more, visit http://www.eya.ca

What you’ll do: situation & role overview

As the Program Coordinator for Nature Stewards, you’ll design and facilitate a number of multi- session programs each year, including developing curriculum and engaging youth to learn about native plant horticulture, habitat restoration (invasive species removal, native plantings), and Indigenous plant use. You will also work collaboratively with a team to manage and maintain EYA’s nursery and greenhouse, develop plant medicine harvest gardens, and restore urban wildlife habitat along Still Creek. The program is based in Strathcona and Cottonwood Community Gardens in the Downtown Eastside. There are three positions available.

Key responsibilities

  • Facilitate youth programs: Lead hands-on, experiential activities engaging youth to grow native plants in EYA’s nursery, learn about the food and medicinal properties of plants, rewild urban green spaces, and connect with land-based teachings
  • Help create & maintain teaching/harvesting gardens and restore habitat along Still Creek
  • Design programming and develop curriculum, with support from the program manager
  • Help manage and maintain the nursery and greenhouse that support the programs
  • Manage program logistics: create lesson plans, recruit youth & schedule guests
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners and local experts
  • Recruit and mentor youth volunteers/interns to support program delivery
  • Manage social media and marketing for the program
  • Support program evaluation and reporting
  • Support operational improvement projects as needed
  • Support program fundraising work as needed
  • Help to coordinate and facilitate community workshops and events as needed
  • Ensure program activities adhere to organizational policies, relevant legislation, and professional standards
  • Other activities as identified by the Program Manager

One of the 3 positions available will also be responsible for leading elementary school field trips at EYA’s program sites, helping students explore urban ecology through art and science.

What you’ll bring: requirements & assets

Are you an energetic and skilled facilitator? Do you have experience with horticulture, herbalism, farming/gardening, Indigenous plant use, or ecological restoration? We’re looking for someone with experience running environmental education programs for youth and strong knowledge of plant care and habitat restoration or the use of plants as medicine, foods, and fibre arts. Ideally, you’re familiar with plants native to Coastal BC or excited to learn more. You’re also organized, creative, collaborative, a good communicator, and passionate about plants and urban ecology!

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience/training in applied biology, agriculture, ecology, herbalism, Indigenous studies, environmental science, education, or related field
  • 1 – 2 years experience planning and facilitating ecology-related youth programs; experience working with youth from marginalized populations preferred
  • Strong interest in urban habitat/rewilding or herbalism/plant medicine; experience with ecological farming, ecological restoration and/or horticulture
  • Knowledge of plants native to coastal British Columbia an asset, or willingness to learn
  • Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op required; access to a personal vehicle is an asset
  • Able to work collaboratively with a small team to achieve shared goals
  • Positive attitude, flexible, and willing to pitch in to make things happen
  • Clear and concise communication skills
  • Able to work independently and take initiative
  • Organized and committed to high quality work
  • Resourceful, handy, and able to creatively problem-solve
  • Able to work responsibly and safely in inner-city garden spaces
  • Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
  • Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
  • Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 or willingness to obtain

How to apply

E-mail a short cover letter and resumé (in one document) to Emily Keller, Executive Director with “Program Coordinator application” in the subject line: emily@eya.ca

The deadline to apply is February 28th or until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early. Three positions are available.

Due to limited administrative capacity, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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.

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
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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


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