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We have been working to inspire and equip people to eat food that nourishes themselves and the planet since 1993. We are BC’s oldest and largest food and agriculture charitable non-profit organization.

Our programs go from seed to plate—engaging a network of farmers, seed growers, researchers, food system advocates, policymakers, community partners, chefs, and eaters. Together, we are creating food systems in BC that are strong, sustainable, and resilient. Our programs celebrate local food and connect people with the farmers who grow it. We support BC farmers to use local seed and to grow food in ways that mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity.

We provide a flexible working environment, supportive team engagement opportunities, great benefits, and the chance to make a difference.

Location: (Primarily) Maple Lane Farms, Abbotsford

Position Summary

Reporting to the BC Seed Security Program Coordinator, FFCF is seeking a knowledgeable and skilled person to assist our BC Seed Security Program team. This program is delivered partly in partnership with SeedChange’s Canadian field program, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BFICSS). The role is to help support on-farm research and seed conservation and plant breeding, and to engage the public in seed growing and saving.

Responsibilities:

Assisting the delivery of the Seed Security programming, may include, but is not limited to:

  • Working at the field site Maple Lane Farm in Abbotsford. This will include farm work: planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, and record keeping
  • Possibly support farmer and community member use of our Mobile Seed Trailer
  • Assist at on-farm and off-farm training events for farmers, including field days, workshops, and webinars
  • Communicate effectively about the society and programming
  • Supporting the wide range of BC Seeds initiatives, including Citizen Seed Trial, Public Seed events, and more
  • Keep organized and thorough operational records of program data, results, contacts, and operational details

Hiring Requirements

  • Farming experience is a strong asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience/willingness to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Valid driver’s license and ability or willingness to learn to tow a trailer is an asset
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends
  • Physical mobility, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting and digging
  • Tech savvy and familiar with word-processing, WordPress websites, GSuite, and email
  • Ability to provide own computer

The position is funded partially through a subsidy program, which requires the candidate to be:

  • Under 30 years of age
  • Unemployed, a students, or underemployed
  • Not have participated in any other Youth Employment or Skills Strategy activities, including the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative and/or Career Focus Program
  • A Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Please indicate your eligibility clearly in your cover letter.

Role Details

Application deadline: June 1, 2023
Start date: June 15, 2023
End Date: September 2, 2023

Working Conditions:
This position is for 330 hours over the course of 2023, based on 30 hours per week for 11 weeks.

Wage is $20/ hour plus 4% vacation pay.

The role is based primarily at the Abbotsford Farm site, and is suitable for someone who lives nearby and/or can easily get there. Some work may be done from home.

FFCF is an equal opportunity organization and encourages women, Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQ, and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.

To Apply

In order to apply, email David Catzel, BC Seed Program Manager at bcseeds@farmfolkcityfolk.ca.

Please:

  • use the subject line ‘BC Seed Program Assistant’
  • send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume
  • use the file name ‘BC Seeds – First Name Last Name’

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

Location: (Primarily) Our Vancouver Island Seed Farm at the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, Capital Region

Position Summary

Reporting to the BC Seed Security Program Coordinator, FFCF is seeking a knowledgeable and skilled person to assist our BC Seed Security Program team. This program is delivered partly in partnership with SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) Canadian field program, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BFICSS). The role is to help support on-farm research and seed conservation and plant breeding, and to engage the public in seed growing and saving.

Responsibilities:

Assisting the delivery of the Seed Security programming, may include, but is not limited to:

  • Working at the field site at Sandown Farm at 1810 Glamorgan Rd, North Saanich. This will include farm work: planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, and record keeping
  • Possibly support farmer and community member use of our Mobile Seed Trailer
  • Assist at on-farm and off-farm training events for farmers, including field days, workshops, and webinars
  • Communicate effectively about the society and programming
  • Supporting the wide range of BC Seeds initiatives, including Citizen Seed Trial, Public Seed events, and more
  • Keep organized and thorough operational records of program data, results, contacts, and operational details

Hiring Requirements

  • Farming experience is a strong asset
  • Construction/building skills and experience an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience/willingness to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to tow a trailer is an asset
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Physical mobility, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting, rock picking and digging
  • Familiar with word-processing, WordPress websites, GSuite, and email
  • Ability to provide own computer

The position is funded partially through a subsidy program, which requires the candidate to be:

  • Under 30 years of age
  • Unemployed, a student, or underemployed
  • Not have participated in any other Youth Employment or Skills Strategy activities, including the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative and/or Career Focus Program
  • A Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Please indicate your eligibility clearly in your cover letter.

Role Details

Application deadline: May 28, 2023
Start date: June 7, 2023
End Date: Oct 26, 2023 with the possibility of extension

This is a part-time position based on an average of 20 hours of work each week. The timing of hours can be flexible based on tasks required.

Wage is $20/ hour plus 4% vacation pay.

The role is based primarily at the Sandown Farm site, and is suitable for someone who lives nearby and/or can easily get there. Some work may be done from home.

FFCF is an equal opportunity organization and encourages women, Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQ+, and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.

To Apply

In order to apply, email David Catzel, BC Seed Program Manager at bcseeds@farmfolkcityfolk.ca.

Please:

  • use the subject line ‘BC Seed Program Assistant’
  • send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume
  • alternatively, a link to a video or audio file would be accepted in lieu of a cover letter
  • use the file name ‘BC Seeds – First Name Last Name’

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

Position Summary

We are seeking a program coordinator to join the team. We are looking for someone already familiar with mixed vegetable farming in BC. Maybe you grew up on a farm in the region, or finished a Sustainable Ag program or practicum. You understand the seasonal cycle of farming, and know enough about crop production to communicate well with other farmers. You’re not scared of getting dirty or using farm equipment, and you are comfortable hauling a truck and trailer. You may not be a seed saving expert, but are keen to learn.

The successful candidate will have the chance to work with a team delivering a wide range of public-focused and farmer-focused programs and events. We work closely with community partners across BC, and are a regional coordinator for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security with partners across the country. You may be coordinating field days for farmers or the public and delivering seed saving workshops. You will be coordinating the loaning out of shared seed cleaning equipment in the form of a mobile trailer, including delivery of the unit, demonstrating how to use various pieces of equipment, and helping farmers clean their seeds. You know your way around the GSuite and social media, and are a good communicator. You’re happy spending days in the field (potentially by yourself), and can also jump into teamwork.

Responsibilities

  • Support the Seed Trailer Tour, traveling with it across BC to farms and supporting farmers in processing seeds
  • Maintain seed cleaning equipment, and facilitate repairs as needed
  • Support the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project, including liaising with farmers across BC
  • Support other BC Seed Security Programming, including the biennial Seed Gathering, Farmer and public seed workshops, Citizen Seed Trial, and the Seedy Saturday capacity building project
  • Work closely with BC Seed Security Program team to refine and enhance existing programs based on participant feedback and emerging best practices.
  • Support the gathering of data and stories to evaluate and celebrate program results.
  • Make program cost requests to the Manager.
  • Support grant writing and overall fundraising initiatives.
  • Develop an annual work plan ensuring alignment with Seed Programs annual goals.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of partners, including but not limited to funders, donors, partner organizations, farmers and the public.
  • Develop communications content such as newsletter articles and social media
    Maintain organized, clear, and comprehensive files and written procedures for all aspects of the role.
  • Possibly develop volunteer roles and recruit, train, supervise, support and evaluate them.
  • Support tracking and reporting for grants.
  • Reinforce and model and culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in all work-related activities, interactions and communications.
  • Represent FFCF in a professional manner.
  • Assist FFCF with special projects as assigned.
  • Other related duties as required to fulfill the role.

Hiring Assets

(We will consider all applicants. If you lack any of these assets but can demonstrate a desire and willingness to learn and a passion for food system and seed work, we will consider you.)

  • 2+ years applied farming experience, and an added asset if it includes seed saving.
  • 1+ years program coordination experience.
  • Diploma in a related field such as sustainable agriculture, or a combination of experience and training.
  • Deep knowledge of, and passion for, sustainable food systems.
  • Tech savvy and proficient in word-processing, databases, websites, G Suite, and email.
  • Physical mobility, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting and digging.
  • Organized and able to juggle multiple priorities and work to deadlines.
  • Willingness to learn, commitment to personal growth and accountability, enthusiasm for experimenting with new tactics and tools. Honest, kind, and hard-working.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate, and support volunteers.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends. Ability to travel with expenses paid.
  • Currently located in Northern BC
  • Capable of, or willing to learn how to drive a truck with a trailer.
  • Good communication skills.

Role Details

Application deadline: May 25, 2023

Wage: $23.08 – $28.21/hour (commensurate with qualifications & experience), 20 hours per week.

Start date: Monday, June 5, 2023. This will start as a 10 month contract until March 31, 2024, with the intention of extension depending on funding.

The successful candidate will need a reliable, fast internet connection and personal computer (if this is a barrier, please let us know). $50/month work-from-home monthly allowance provided. All necessary software will be provided.

FFCF staff and board are committed to an anti-oppression learning journey, and committed to integrating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles into our work and workplace culture. We humbly acknowledge that we have a long way to go. We encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and individuals from diverse communities to apply.

To Apply

In order to apply, email David Catzel, BC Seed Security Program Manager at bcseeds@farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Please:

  • Use the subject line ‘Northern Seed Program Coordinator’
  • Send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume.
  • Use the file name ‘Northern Seed Program Coordinator – First Name Last Name’
  • If you prefer, feel free to submit a 1-3 minute video or audio introduction instead of a written cover letter, or as a supplement to your written application. Include the video or audio introduction as a link in your application email

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

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