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Hiring: Farm & Education Summer Staff
Type: age 30 & under / summer
Organization: Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Location: Vancouver & Coquitlam, BC

Fresh Roots is hiring the following full-time positions in the summer! We’re excited to bring you onto our team for the summer. In order for us to be able to hire you under the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, you’ll need to:

  • be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of employment,
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or to whom refugee protection has been conferred, and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Check out our current job postings below:



  • Position Dates: May 15-August 18, 2023. 4-day weekend August 5-8. No additional time off will be granted during July and August.
  • Pay Rate: starting at $16.45/hr, DOE; if the BC minimum wage is increased, this wage will also increase.

If you are passionate about working with teens (Grades 9 to 12) and cultivating personal growth and community leadership through food, this could be the job for you! As a SOYL Program Facilitator, you will work to inspire and engage SOYL youth at one of our schoolyard farms! You will work with a co-facilitator to inspire and engage youth by leading workshops, assisting with logistics and communications and delivering the program itself. A key part of the SOYL program is getting youth participants involved in working on the farms. In this role, you will assist the Farm Manager in growing food on school grounds including leading youth in taking part in crop production (seeding, weeding, transplanting), harvesting and perennial/landscape care. Apply here!



  • Dates: May through September; possibility of extended hours through October
  • Hours: Full-time position, 40 hours per week, Tuesday - Saturday. Market days are typically Wednesday evening and Saturdays; exact schedule to be confirmed.
  • Compensation: $17.50 - $20/hr DOE. If the BC minimum wage increases, starting rate will also increase. All seasonal staff receive paid sick leave.

The Market Lead is a key member of the Good Food Farm team, reporting to the Farm Manager. They are responsible for the effective running of our bi-weekly produce markets, leading a team of colleagues and youth to sell hyper-local veggies, flowers, and herbs grown on our schoolyard farm. They work with the Good Food team at markets and on the farm to achieve our production, sales and educational goals. Apply here!


  • Location: East and South Vancouver secondary schools sites. Both sites are transit accessible.
  • Dates: May 15 through Sept 1; some flexibility in dates in possible
  • Hours: Full-time. Hours are typically M-F between 8:00 and 5:00; exact hours depending on seasonal demands.

Wage: $17-$19.50, DOE. If the BC minimum wage increases, starting rate will also increase.

If you love growing and sharing food with your community, being outside with a team, and working with youth, this might be the position for you. Our Field Lead positions empower new farmers to manage the ½ acre site they will cultivate through the season. Farm, site, and task specific training will be provided throughout the season. Apply here!



  • Position Dates: June 26-Sept 1. 4-day weekend August 5-8
  • Pay Rate: starting at $16.45/hr; if the BC minimum wage is increased, this wage will also increase. All seasonal staff receive paid sick leave.

If you love seeing kids find joy in holding worms or discover that kale is their favourite food, if you have a favourite silly vegetable song or game, and if you think camp is the best part of summer, this might be the position for you! Day Camp Facilitators will facilitate Camp Fresh Roots programming for kids ages 5-12 at our Vancouver and Coquitlam schoolyard farms. Our camp programming includes educational activities, games, songs, farm work, harvesting, cooking, and sharing food, field trips, and more. Day Camp Facilitators will work as part of a small team to lead a mix of pre-planned and camper-directed activities, with the opportunity for you to create programming you’re passionate about. Apply here!


  • Position Dates: May 15-Sept 1. 4-day weekend August 5-8
  • Pay Rate: $18.50-$19.50/hr, DOE. All seasonal staff receive paid sick leave.

The Assistant Camp Director will work with the Camp Director to plan camp activities, train staff, plan field trips and workshops, oversee health and safety, and generally ensure camp is magical for campers and staff. The Assistant Camp Director reports to the Camp Director, works closely with the Food Program Specialist, and mentors the Program Staff. In May and June, they will also assist with spring field trips, working closely with the Director of Experiential Learning Programs. Apply here!

About Fresh Roots

Our Vision is Good Food For All, which is realized when youth have the skills, capacity, and will to act as food citizens and land stewards, to grow and share healthy food for themselves, their families, and the planet! To make this vision a reality, we cultivate educational farms and programs where students dig into meaningful connections with the land, food, and each other, inspiring communities to build just food systems.

We have schoolyard farms in Vancouver at Vancouver Technical Secondary School and David Thompson Secondary School, and Coquitlam at Suwa'lkh School. The food that we grow is sold right back into the community through farmers’ markets and to restaurants as well as donated to Neighbourhood Houses and used for education through our SOYL youth program, field trips, and summer camps.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 24 2023    ID: 66691