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LOCAL FOOD, URBAN FARMS

Positions: Farm Assistant Position
Organization: The Sharing Farm
Location: Richmond, Greater Vancouver BC

We are looking for three enthusiastic, hard-working Farm Assistants to work on our urban community farm.

About the Sharing Farm

The Sharing Farm (TSF) is a 4-acre not-for-profit community farm located on unceded, asserted Musqueam territory, within Richmond’s Terra Nova Park. For over 20 years, we have been providing sustainably-grown high-quality produce for donation to those facing food insecurity, and for sale to our local community via a CSA, Farmstand, and Farmers Markets. We are in the process of seeking our organic certification. TSF is deeply committed to food security and food justice, as well as to agriculture which supports biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem, from the soil to the pollinators. TSF serves as a community hub and as a daily up-close demonstration of local, sustainable farming. We host hundreds of volunteers annually; hold workshops, community events, and an annual Garlic Fest; and provide tours and education to students, corporate groups, and political leaders from all levels of government.

For more information about the Sharing Farm please visit sharingfarm.ca

Who We’re Looking For

This position is a blend of field, market, and office work. You enjoy working outside, and being part of a team. You communicate well with other staff, volunteers, and the community at large. You like a fast-paced work site and can maintain a sense of humour and respect for others even when things get hectic. You’re good at seeing what needs doing and jumping in to get it done. You like a diverse set of tasks and seek to gain different skills and experience, and to be a part of a values-driven community farm, interacting with folks from a wide range of backgrounds.

Duties and Responsibilities:

2-3 days/ week–Field:

  • Assist with crop maintenance, site maintenance, crop harvest, and post-harvest handling
  • Assist with donation distribution
  • Assist with volunteer field days
  • Other random farm tasks as they arise

  • Report to the Farm Manager

2-3 days/week–Market/ Office:

  • Assist running CSA distribution, Farmstand and the Online Store
  • Assist at Farmers Market booth
  • Assist with preparation and running of Richmond Garlic Fest
  • Various administrative tasks as they arise
  • Report to the Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • Be self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative, work well independently and in a team environment, have a positive attitude 

  • Strong work ethic, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Open-minded, inclusive, and respectful.
  • Enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather
  • Proven ability in working effectively with co-workers and/ or volunteers
  • Efficient, reliable, consistent, and punctual
  • (desirable) Have farming or gardening experience
  • (desirable) Valid driver’s license
  • (desirable) Interested in/ experience with eco-crafts (to do with volunteers)
  • (desirable) Food Safe certification

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (MANDATORY)

  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Compensation and Work Hours

Wage: $19-$22 per hour, depending on experience and/or skills, plus access to Farm produce, and 4% vacation on top of pay.

Schedule: 5 days per week: Tuesday-Saturday; some Sundays required for Farmers Markets, (days off will be provided to balance out the extra day.)

Hours: 35 hours/ week.

(Longer hours will be required the week of 8/12-8/17, leading up to Richmond Garlic Fest on August 17.)

Start date: May 14, 2024 (TBC, depending on Canada Summer Jobs grant funding.)
End date: Aug 31, 2024 (TBC, depending on Canada Summer Jobs grant funding.)

In your application, please confirm that you meet the 3 eligibility requirements, listed above.

Application deadline: March 15, 2024.

Please submit resume and a cover letter to:


Leslie Williams, Executive Director
admin@sharingfarm.ca

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 6 2024    ID: 70153