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Position: VFTP Coordinator
Organization: Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society
Location: Vancouver BC
Term: mid April to December 1, 10 to 20 hrs/week (see below)

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 more than 68,000 pounds of produce and redistributed it throughout the community through social service organizations. We engage with over 300+ volunteers, and our program benefits approximately 8,000 people that are supported by our community partners. Through our work, we aim to strengthen local communities, while also minimizing food waste.

The VFTP is seeking an enthusiastic, organized Coordinator for the 2019 season (the 20th year of the project!)

The Coordinator position responsibilities include:

Project Logistics

  • Organize all aspects of seasonal fruit picks including: liaising with tree owners, contacting and scheduling volunteers and connecting with community partners to receive the donated fruit for each pick.

  • Keep detailed project records.

  • Maintain and manage VFTP stakeholder database & contact details.

  • Forward pruning requests to our partner arborist to maintain our social enterprise.

  • Delegate appropriate tasks to volunteers and follow up on results.

  • Spearhead new & ongoing projects as directed by the board of directors.


  • Build awareness of VFTP by communicating with participants and the public through an email newsletter, print materials, in-person interactions and via social media.

  • Create press releases and blog content.

  • Complete an end-of-season Annual Harvest Report, and contribute to funders’ reports.

  • Respond to email inquiries in a timely manner.


  • Recruit new pick leaders, volunteers and tree owners.

  • Coordinate and promote VFTP events as well as community tabling events with support from VFTP volunteers & board members.


  • Assist with grant writing and fundraising efforts.

  • Attend monthly board meetings (second Wednesday evening of each month).

  • Track tasks and workflow, and maintain a succession planning document.

Our ideal candidate

  • Is passionate about food security and community building.

  • Has demonstrated experience recruiting and coordinating volunteers.

  • Is organized, can work independently and is comfortable making decisions.

  • Has strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Has a keen eye for detailed record keeping.

  • Is professional and timely in both phone and electronic communication.

  • Has fundraising and/or event organizing experience.

  • Is comfortable with word processing programs, website management, social media, and creating graphics.

  • Provides their own equipment, including computer and phone. For the length of the contract, the contractor will be responsible for their own telecommunications costs.

  • Valid Driver’s License and First Aid Training are considered assets.

  • Familiarity with NationBuilder software is an asset.

Timeline and Compensation

This part-time contract position will run from mid April to December 1. The job will start at 10 hours per week for training and go up to 20 hours per week during the height of summer pick season. The schedule fluctuates depending on fruit ripeness, so flexibility is key (though you generally make your own schedule). Some evening (board meetings) and weekend (community events) work is required. The wage starts at $18 per hour.

Please email a cover letter and resume in pdf format as a single document with “VFTP 2019 Coordinator” in the subject line by February 27 at midnight to

We look forward to hearing from you! Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 8 2019    ID: 51147