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Position: Sustainable Agriculture Laboratory Farm Coordinator
Organization: Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Location: Langley, Greater Vancouver BC

Competition Number: 18-173R
Close Date: November 18, 2018
Start Date: January 14, 2019

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Faculty of Science and Horticulture, is seeking a full time coordinator for our research and teaching farms. The farms facilitate hands-on learning and applied research focused on sustainable, organic agriculture and is critical to the achievement of our mission. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating teaching and research activities and overseeing daily operations on the organically managed farm including crop production, site development and maintenance, integration of educational programming, executing and/or maintaining experiments and demonstration plots, providing technical training and support for researchers, supervising other staff, and mentoring student interns and researchers. Responsibilities will also include managing social media accounts, newsletter publications, and assisting with outreach events.

The successful candidate will join the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems team at KPU (http://www.kpu.ca/agriculture) comprised of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (http://www.kpu.ca/isfs) and the Sustainable Agriculture Bachelor of Applied Science program (http://www.kpu.ca/agriculture/program).

The Sustainable Agriculture BASc. degree program at KPU provides students with a unique curriculum designed in recognition of the need for integrated practical and academic training within the new powerful movement of sustainable agriculture and food systems. Our students are immersed in a setting which fosters experiential learning through classroom, lab and field based applied research, and teaching. Graduates of our program are equipped with the expertise and skills in food production, policy, sustainability, and business needed to provide leadership in addressing issues around the development of sustainable agri-food systems.

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is an applied research and extension unit at KPU that investigates and supports regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions. ISFS applied research focuses on elucidating and actualizing the potential of regional food systems in terms of agriculture and food, economics, community health, policy, and environmental integrity. Extension programming provides information and support for farmers, communities, business, policy makers, and others. Community collaboration is central to our approach.

The successful applicant will have substantial organic agriculture knowledge and crop production experience, a Master’s degree in an agricultural or related field, and strong communications and organizing abilities. Candidates with exceptional experience will also be considered.

To apply submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of three professional references and their contact information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please forward your complete application, quoting competition number 18-173R by November 18, 2018 to: employ@kpu.ca

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 4 2018    ID: 48629