Join Our Team

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.

Position: Seed Program Coordinator/ Farmer

Organization: FarmFolk CityFolk

Location: Abbotsford, BC

About Us
FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is a not-for-profit society connecting, empowering, and inspiring people to strengthen BC’s sustainable food systems. We develop, operate, and act as a catalyst for projects that support access to and production of local, sustainable food; support local growers and producers; provide access to and protection of farmland; and connect, educate, and celebrate with communities across BC. For over 25 years FFCF has been a leader in local food and sustainable agriculture working with businesses, policymakers, NGO partners, government, universities, and the public to achieve our mandate.

Position Summary
We are seeking an experienced farmer and program coordinator to join the team. We live by our values of collaboration, courageousness and joyfulness.  This is an awesome opportunity for someone keen to practice seed production with the support of an experienced seed farmer. This role is a nice mix of hands-on farming and program coordinating, based partly at a farm site we lease in Abbotsford, and partly from home. 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 know when there is a pest or nutrition problem to be addressed. You’re not scared of getting dirty or using farm tools, including a walk behind tractor. 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 growing out variety trials and recording data, or coordinating field days for farmers or the public. You may also be saving the waste product of seed production (food) and getting it to a community partner for use in a meal program, and hitting the road in a truck pulling a trailer full of seed cleaning equipment to farmers across southern BC. 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

  • Co-coordinate planting, maintenance, harvesting, and processing of vegetable seed crops at the Research and Education Seed Farm in Abbotsford
  • Maintain all records needed for Organic certification, complete application process and annual inspection
  • Support the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project, including liaising with farmers across BC
  • Support the Seed to Food program, diverting the food leftover from seed production to community partners
  • Support the Seed Trailer Tour, travelling with it across BC to farms and supporting farmers in processing seeds
  • Maintain farm tools, equipment, and storage areas
  • Support other BC Seed Security Programming, including the biennial Seed Gathering
  • Work closely with BC Seed Security Program Manager 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.
  • Actively participate in strategic plan development.
  • Ensure all initiatives align with board approved strategic plan.
  • Develop and monitor annual work plan ensuring alignment with Managers annual goals.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners including but not limited to funders, donors, partner organizations, farmers and the public.
  • Develop communications content such as newsletter articles and social media, ensuring strategic and brand alignment as well as following communications guidelines.
  • Maintain organized, clear, and comprehensive files and written procedures for all aspects of the role.
  • Develop volunteer roles and recruit, train, supervise, support and evaluate them.
  • Support tracking and reporting for grants.
  • Other related duties as required to fulfill the role.

Hiring Requirements

  • 2+ years applied farming experience, including seed saving, nutrient management and pest control
  • 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 and shares our values: collaborative, courageous and joyful.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate, and support volunteers.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends. Ability to travel with expenses paid.
  • Reliable vehicle required: all mileage will be reimbursed. Comfortable driving a truck with a trailer.

Role details

Application deadline: May 27, 2022

Wage: $22.53/ hour, 35 hours per week. 3 weeks paid vacation/ year.

Medical benefits available after 3 month probation period

Start date: Monday June  15, 2021. This will start as a 9 month contract until March 15, 2023, with a very strong possibility of extension depending on funding.

This role is partly based at a farm in Abbotsford, and partly a work from home role. 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 month 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+, individuals from other 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 ‘Seed Farm Program Coordinator’
  • send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume
  • use the file name ‘Seed Farm Program Coordinator – First Name Last Name’

This role may be funded partially by a wage subsidy. Please indicate clearly in your cover letter if you are

  • Under 30 years of age
  • Underemployed or unemployed
  • A recent graduate
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee in Canada
  • Have previously been hired under a Youth Employment Skills Strategy grant

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

Who We Are:
As B.C.’s oldest and largest food and agriculture charitable non-profit, we have earned a reputation as a sector collaborator, program catalyst, community builder, and trusted voice for food growers.

At FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF), we work from seed to plate to address the leading barriers to sustainable farming as well as to support this sector through innovative programs, policy advocacy, and education. Through these activities, we connect, empower, and inspire people to strengthen B.C.’s sustainable food systems.

As we face the climate crisis, B.C. farmers are found on the front lines. Farmers are identified as some of the most vulnerable people to climate-related impacts while also being the source of many solutions. For example, food systems can act as either a major greenhouse gas emitter or as a carbon sink. The role that our food system will play in the future will be dependent on the market signals and policy interventions made today.

Looking ahead, our organization is seeking an experienced Executive Director who can bring a collaborative, joyful, and courageous approach to bolster our work in continuing to build sustainable food systems where people and the planet thrive.

We respectfully acknowledge our work takes place on the unceded territories of Indigenous Peoples within the colonial borders of British Columbia. In addition, FFCF recognizes that its mission will only be fully realized when justice, equity, and inclusion are experienced by traditionally marginalized voices. Our staff and board commit to doing the necessary work to help FarmFolk CityFolk be an organization that not only strives for sustainable food systems in BC, but one that also makes equity and justice inextricable parts of that mission.

Location:
This role can be based anywhere in B.C. as staff work remotely and our beneficiaries are located across the province. Some travel is required.

The Role:
In collaboration with the Board of Directors, management team and staff, the Executive Director is responsible for both stewarding the organization’s strategic plan and ensuring the organization’s financial and operational success. This includes fundraising, marketing, communications, program development, impact reporting, advocacy, and other activities that advance FFCF’s mission.

Key responsibilities include:

Strategy

  • Provide thoughtful and innovative leadership that is inclusive, collaborative, transparent, and empowering to staff, the Board, partners, and the communities served.
  • Work collaboratively with the management team to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to support the organization in measuring, managing, and communicating its impact.
  • Apply innovative thinking to strategic decision-making and identify opportunities for cutting-edge programming as well as the evolution of the organization itself, particularly as it relates to fostering the self-sustainability of its programs.
  • Set goals and take action to increase diversity and inclusion across the organization.

Relationship Building

  • Identify and create strategic alliances to support and leverage FFCF’s work.
  • Represent FFCF in a positive and forward-thinking manner publicly and with all partners, members, and communities we serve.
  • Take ownership in driving the growth and development of fundraising activities, and leverage the Board to do the same.

Operations and Administration

  • Direct fiscal management of the organization through hands-on budget development and oversight, monitoring the organization’s financial and programmatic results, and routinely reporting financial performance to the Board.
  • Ensure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are relevant, achievable, and well communicated. Ensure that staff have the resources required to achieve KPI objectives. Report to the Board on progress made in achieving KPIs and recommend adjustments as necessary.

Staff Development & Leadership Support

  • Develop a distributed decision-making structure that is respectful of input from staff and the Board, and is intentionally aligned with the mission.
  • Be a trusted liaison between staff and the Board to express needs, barriers, concerns, and desires of team members.
  • Provide financial, administrative, and human resource support to managers as they strive to achieve the goals of the programs they oversee.
  • Support the holistic health and wellness of all staff members by identifying, supporting, and advocating for opportunities related to career development, financial security, inclusivity and diversity.

Preferred Skills

  • A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in nonprofit leadership, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • A demonstrated passion for FFCF’s mission and an understanding of B.C.’s food systems.
  • Proven ability to lead an organization toward increased impact through successful relationship building and fundraising including, but not limited to, government sources, grants, foundations, businesses, and individuals.
  • Proven abilities and experience in fiscal management and preparing and securing Board approval for a complex budget.
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to work well with a Board, staff, donors, farmers, and partners.
  • A strong understanding and proven commitment to integrate and strengthen principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into work culture, programming, and operations.

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

Salary:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and based on a range of $80,000 – $95,000 annually. FarmFolk CityFolk offers all employees a health and wellness benefits package.

Apply:
Please email your application to: recruitment@farmfolkcityfolk.ca
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022

Please use the subject line ‘Executive Director’ and send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume. Please use the file name ‘Executive Director – First Name Last Name’

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

Position: Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Event Coordinator
Organization: FarmFolk CityFolk
Location: Capital Regional District, Home Office

About Us
FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is a not-for-profit society connecting, empowering, and inspiring people to strengthen BC’s sustainable food systems. We develop, operate, and act as a catalyst for projects that support access to and production of local, sustainable food; support local growers and producers; provide access to and protection of farmland; and connect, educate, and celebrate with communities across BC. For over 25 years FFCF has been a leader in local food and sustainable agriculture working with business, policy makers, NGO partners, government, universities, and the public to achieve our mandate.

Position Summary
We are seeking someone deeply familiar with event or festival planning for this fun and satisfying, fast paced position. Reporting to the Engagement Manager, the Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Event Coordinator will help execute our popular fundraising event. Feast of Fields returns in 2022 as a wandering gourmet harvest festival, and will be hosted in the Greater Victoria Region on Sunday, August 28, 2022. The ideal candidate has boundless energy, is familiar with hosting events under potential COVID restrictions, loves organization and details, is self-motivated, has strong customer relations skills, and is a proactive problem solver. An interest in the local food movement and sustainable foods is also necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Overall planning and logistics for the 2022 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields to be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022 including host farm visits, site planning, vendor procurement, set up, day of event activities and tear down.
  • Main liaison for all food and beverage participants (approx. 60), including all communication, plus permits, certifications and info collection.
  • Adhere to the event budget and solicit in-kind sponsorships to offset budget costs.
  • Develop COVID safety event plans that adhere to the PHO
  • Work with the Engagement Manager to recruit, hire and train a small team of core volunteers (for silent auction, and the site volunteer team).
  • Work with the Engagement Manager to help execute the promotions plan and event collaterals.
  • Work with the event team to meet targets for vendor participation, ticket sales and other metrics.
  • Attend coordinators’ meetings, and regional team meetings as required.

Hiring Requirements

  • Event management certification is a strong asset
  • 3+ years experience in a similar role
  • Tech savvy – comfortable with the GSuite, social media, etc.
  • Excellent attention to details and organization skills
  • Responsive, reliable and flexible, with excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Licensed driver, with access to a vehicle
  • Serving it Right certification
  • General liability insurance naming FFCF as additional insured.

This contract is suitable for an event planning or independent events specialist.

Role details
Application deadline: April 29, 2022
Start date: May 2022
End date: September 30, 2022

Role Details
This is a contract position, increasing in hours each month and ranging from 40-120 hours/month. The role will require additional time availability in July and August, during the height of the event season.

The contract rate is $12,000 for event coordination.

This is a work from home position. The successful candidate will need reliable, fast internet connection.

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+, individuals from other diverse communities to apply, as well as applicants from all over BC.

To Apply
In order to apply, email Julia Zado, Engagement Manager at engagement@farmfolkcityfolk.ca

Please:

  • use the subject line ‘VI Feast of Fields Coordinator position’
  • send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume
  • use the file name ‘VI Feast Coordinator First Name Last Name’

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

Stories