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Position: Market Coordinator
Type: full-time May-September 2017 (see below)
Organization: Tsawwassen Farm School
Location: Delta, Greater Vancouver BC

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Market Coordinator - Tsawwassen Farm School.

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is a research and outreach institute based on KPU’s Richmond, BC, campus. Through our integrated program of applied research, extension programming, and community engagement, we investigate and support regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions. More information is available at http://www.kpu.ca/isfs.

The Tsawwassen Farm School

The Tsawwassen Farm School is a collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). The first of its kind, the school fuses sustainable agriculture and traditional indigenous food systems as tools to build community and create dialogue around land stewardship for the future. The school program is open to all with curiosity on how to feed a growing population while restoring the land. The program curriculum takes place on traditional TFN lands on a 20 acre Certified Organic farm that boasts a medicine garden, a 2-acre mixed fruit orchard, a market garden, farm animals and incubator plots for continuing students. The Tsawwassen Farm School is a gathering place to raise awareness around human scaled alternative food production systems. More information is available at http://www.kpu.ca/tfnfarm.

Position Description: Market Coordinator – Tsawwassen Farm School

Wage: $17-19/ hour (based on experience)

Hours: 35-40 per week

Contract: Casual Service Contract, May-September 2017, may be eligible for extension or renewal in 2018

Supervisor: Dr. Kent Mullinix (ISFS Director), Corine Singfield (Farm Manager)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Market and Sales Coordinator. In this position, you will be the main point of contact for all the farm’s market channels. This position requires someone with outstanding interpersonal skills and customer service who is outwardly passionate and knowledgeable about sustainable local foods.

Duties and Responsibilities

Sales & Markets

  • Execute the sales and marketing plan with Farm Manager
  • Assist and participate in the harvest and preparation of products for Farmers Markets, CSA boxes and restaurant orders
  • Manage the logistics of packing/delivering food for at least 4 farmers markets, a 100-person CSA and several restaurant orders
  • Attend various Farmers Markets on behalf of Tsawwassen Farm School. This includes loading the truck, driving a cube truck, setting up the booth, selling the vegetables, handling cash, taking down the booth, and driving the truck back to the farm
  • Record keeping of sales at farmers markets with the software Square
  • Coordinate with head farmer on the packing and delivery of CSA boxes at several locations
  • Contact person in facilitating restaurant orders and the delivery/pick up of the orders
  • Ensure that market supplies are clean, organized, in good condition and resupplied
  • Responsible for counting income and transferring the money to the Farm Manager or Farm School Coordinator for deposit
  • Assist with other staff and students on various farm tasks as needed
  • Assist in the advertisement and promotion of farm products, and the expansion of sales outlets
  • Properly cool down and store unsold vegetables back into the cooler after markets

Communication

  • Customer relations - Be knowledgeable of the program to promote at market avenues and be able to answer customer questions about our food products
  • Leadership - Offer mentorship and instruction to other market staff and students
  • Social Media and Website - Help populate our social media outlets
  • Must be available for communication with Farm Manager, Farm School Coordinator and other staff during work hours
  • Consistent monitoring and answering of emails during work hours

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1-2 years farming and mark experience for small-scale production
  • Valid Market Safe Certificate or Food Safe Certificate
  • Experience using Farmigo, Shopify, Square an asset
  • Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and lift up to 50lbs
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license. Able to drive a large delivery truck through narrow streets in downtown Vancouver
  • Alignment with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and TFN Farm School’s commitment to sustainability and adult educational programming
  • A love of farming and a passion for sharing your knowledge with others
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Positive, professional and collaborative attitude and demeanor
  • Interest in working with a diversity of people including the Tsawwassen First Nation community
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Customer service and social media experience an asset
  • Valid First Aid Certificate an asset

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to Corine Singfield (TFN Farm School Coordinator, ISFS) at:
corine.singfield mask kpu.ca*
and copy Caitlin Dorward (Senior Research Associate, ISFS) at caitlin.dorward mask kpu.ca* by the application deadline of March 1st , 2017.

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FoodWork ID: 38077       Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Feb 7 2017