Forward to a friend Tweet this Share this on Facebook Share:

Home | Job Postings | Grow Local

ORGANIC FARMING JOBS

Position: Field and Sales Assistant
Organization: KPU Farm Schools - Tsawwassen First Nation
Location: Tsawwassen First Nation, Delta, Greater Vancouver, BC
Dates: full-time,  Aug 1 (or as soon as possible) to Nov 15, 2020 (end date negotiable)

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Field & Sales Assistant at KPU Farm Schools - Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Field & Sales Assistant at the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School for the remainder of the 2020 growing season. This position will assist in seasonal field work including harvesting, weeding, animal husbandry, crop maintenance, amongst other field tasks. This position will also assist in the sale of farm products through attending farmers markets and assisting with our CSA program. This position requires someone with some farming and sales/customer service experience and requires an individual who is willing to jump in mid-season while the farm is in full swing. As an education farm dedicated to regenerative farming practices and local food systems, we are looking for someone who is passionate about regenerative agriculture, building local food systems, and food systems education.

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is a research and extension institute based at KPU’s Richmond campus. Through an integrated program of applied research, extension programming, and community engagement, ISFS investigates and supports regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities. ISFS focuses its work predominantly within British Columbia but also extends to other regions. More information is available at http://www.kpu.ca/isfs.

Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School

Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School is a collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) and the ISFS. First of its kind, the school fuses regenerative agriculture and traditional indigenous food systems as tools to build community and create dialogue around land stewardship for the future. The school program is open to all with curiosity on how to feed a growing population while restoring the land. The program takes place on traditional TFN lands on a 20-acre, Certified Organic farm that boasts a 2-acre mixed fruit orchard, 5-7 acres in vegetable production, livestock (hogs and laying hens), and incubator plots for program graduates. The Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School is a gathering place to raise awareness around human scaled alternative food production systems. More information is available at http://www.kpu.ca/tfnfarm.

Note: in light of the recent University and government policies regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all farm school programming for the 2020 season. The farm school is continuing farm operations for the 2020 season through the growing and sale of mixed vegetables and livestock products to the local community.

Position Description: Field & Sales Assistant at KPU Farm Schools - Tsawwassen First Nation

Wage: $15-17/ hour (based on experience)

Hours: 40 hours per week; Monday to Friday; work hours will vary depending on the day of the week

Contract: Casual Service Contract, As soon as possible to November 15th, 2020 (End date negotiable)

Supervisor: Dr. Kent Mullinix (ISFS Director), Sarah Clements (Farm Manager)

Eligibility:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Valid Social Insurance Number and legally entitled to work in Canada

Qualifications:

  • Class 5 driver’s license
  • Minimum 1 year of farming experience
  • Sales, marketing and customer service experience
  • Farmers market experience an asset
  • Mixed vegetable harvesting experience an asset
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work outside in all weather
  • Willingness to work some over time depending on farm needs
  • A keen interest in small-scale, regenerative agriculture
  • A willingness to learn and become an integral part of the farm team
  • Interest in working with a diversity of people including the Tsawwassen First Nation community
  • Valid First Aid Certificate an asset
  • Owning a vehicle for commuting to and from the farm is an asset

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the farm team in executing the farm operations plan for the season
  • Harvest and process farm products for distribution & sale at farmers markets, CSA program and wholesale outlets (we harvest two full days per week on Tuesdays and Fridays).
  • Attend Farmers Markets (one to two per week)
  • Deliver CSA’s to pick-up locations in Lower Mainland (one half day per week)
  • Manage volunteers during harvest days and farmers market shifts
  • Participate in general farm field work including seeding, transplanting, weeding, pruning, and fall clean up activities
  • Assist in livestock operations including feeding, watering and rotating pigs and chickens
  • Follow the farm’s certified organic growing practices
  • Be knowledgeable about the farm school programs and farm products to help with promotion and answer customer inquiries

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover lever to Sarah Clements (Farm School Manager) at sarah.clements1@kpu.ca and Paige Leslie at paige.leslie@kpu.ca

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.
 

Share this on Facebook   Tweet This!  Email this to a friend   Share this on LinkedIn   Add this to Google Bookmarks   Print this page

Note: This posting is provided on an "As Is" basis and for general informational purposes only. People and Planet (also known as "GoodWork") is not responsible for the content, accuracy, timeliness, completeness, legality, reliability, quality or suitability of this posting. We do not screen or endorse the organizations or individuals involved. If you decide to accept an offer of employment, volunteering or any other arrangement, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against injury, abuse, non-payment or any other loss. Please read our full Terms & Conditions.

Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 22 2020    ID: 57100