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Position: Pick Leader
Type: p/t contract, June 13 to mid-October, 10 to 15 hours per week
Organization: Vancouver Fruit Tree Project
Location: Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project (VFTP) is a social service organization dedicated to improving food security and reducing food waste. Founded in 1999, the volunteer-run project harvests unwanted backyard fruit for distribution to community members affected by poverty and hunger.

VFTP fosters cooperation and neighbourliness, while minimizing food waste. Since its inception, the project has delivered over 60,000 pounds of fruit to daycares, seniors’ homes, assisted living centres, women’s shelters and community centres, benefiting the approximately 8,000 citizens that these partners support. VFTP also engages 400 volunteers each year.

Due to an increased demand for fruit picks we are hiring a paid Pick Leader this summer/early fall season. We’re looking for an energetic and passionate individual to support our public engagement and help deliver more fruit to our partners than ever before.

Position Overview

At the core of VFTP, Pick Leaders are responsible for leading and distributing fruit from our backyard harvests. A typical day for a Pick Leader entails transporting equipment from one of the storage locations to a tree owner’s home. They then oversee a safe, fun pick with volunteers. When finished, Pick Leaders deliver the harvested fruit to one of the community partners. One pick generally takes about 3.5 hours.

After training and orientation in mid June, the hired Pick Leader will be notified of upcoming picks by email with information on time, location, and volunteers attending.

The Pick Leader role will also include duties like scouting fruit trees to assess fruit ripeness, taking stock of and replenishing equipment, representing the organization at outreach events, among other things.

Position requirements:

  • Flexible and available for fruit picks at various times in the week – sometimes on evenings or weekends – at locations throughout the city. The pick schedule fluctuates depending on the readiness of the fruit, so flexibility is key. Nevertheless we will work with you to accommodate as many picks as possible

  • Class 5 driver's license with extensive city driving experience

    • Have own vehicle for work use (with VFTP reimbursing for mileage), or

    • Use VFTP’s Modo account

  • Supervisory experience

    • Be able to guide volunteers during picks (have them sign the waiver; ensure safety and proper fruit picking technique as dictated by VFTP’s fruit picking guide

    • Ensure the trees and homeowners’ property are respected; and answer questions about the organization and destination of the fruit

  • Record-keeping & Communication

    • Keep regular records of the picks and relay this information to the Coordinator

    • Respond to emails in a timely manner

    • Attend monthly board meetings (one Tuesday evening each month)

Our ideal candidate:

  • Is passionate about food security and community building.

  • Has demonstrated experience supervising volunteers.

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

  • Motivated and prepared to work outside, rain or shine.

  • Has strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Has a keen eye for detailed record keeping.

  • Is professional and timely in communication.

  • Has access to a laptop or phone for emailing.

  • First Aid Training is a strong asset.

Timeline and Compensation:

This is a part-time contract position, which will run from June 13 to mid October. The Pick Leader is expected to work 10 to 15 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The rate of compensation for this position is $15 per hour.

Please send a cover letter and resume with “VFTP Pick Leader Applicant” in the subject line by midnight on June 1 to

We look forward to hearing from you. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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GoodWork ID: 45412       Date posted to May 1 2018