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Position: Volunteer Zero Waste Ambassador
Organization: Withrow Park Farmers' Market
Location: Riverdale, Toronto, Ontario (near Pape and Chester subway stations)

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market (WPFM) is an upbeat outdoor community featuring fresh, local and sustainably grown foods. The market is open every Saturday 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine, from June 1 to October 12, 2019 and serves the wider Riverdale community.

People are increasingly shopping at farmers' markets to support local farmers and to purchase food without packaging. Yet not all farmers' markets are waste free. With the addition of a Zero Waste Ambassador, we'd like to change that!

Although reuse, compost, and recycling will play large parts in our Zero Waste Program, the top priority is reduction. The long-term goal of WPFM is to reduce waste overall by not creating it in the first place. One of the ways that WPFM is already working to reach this goal is the implementation of our reusable dishware program last year. We washed our items over 2000 times, saving that many single-use items from the landfill. This year we’d like to beat this number!

The Zero Waste Ambassador will play a vital role in helping the market achieve its goal of zero waste by overseeing our reusable dishware program, and other zero waste programming based on your own personal interests.

Duration: Saturdays from June 1 to October 12, 2019 — The ideal volunteer will want to take leadership of this role for 14 of the 20 Saturdays between June 1 to October 12. The role will be split with another volunteer who already committed to 6 weeks. If you’re interested in this role but can’t commit to 14 Saturdays, please get in touch and let us know your availability.

Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (3 hrs per market + misc time at home)

Training: All training and coaching will be provided. The first training day will be Saturday, June 1

Main Responsibilities

  • Distribute and replenish clean dishware to prepared food vendors at the Market

  • Maintain a tidy area for dirty dishes and compost drop off

  • Interact with market patrons who stop by the Zero Waste Hub tent, answering their questions, and telling them about zero waste programming at the market

  • Ensure that dirty dishes are washed and sanitized at the end of every market (dishes will be cleaned at a nearby kitchen in a dishwasher) and neatly placed in storage for the following week

  • Promote WPFM’s Zero Waste programming on social media (i.e. the reusable dishware, swaps, clothing drives, battery and electronics recycling etc.)

  • Occasionally assist in waste reduction research

  • In collaboration with the Market Manager help to support and encourage vendors in their journey to reducing waste at their booths

  • Work with the Market’s Operations Committee as required


  • Must be available to volunteer on July 6th during the Zero Waste Picnic, a special event WPFM is hosting

  • Possess a positive and judgement free attitude about waste reduction

  • Must be able to lift 30lbs and push a cart with 50lbs on it

  • Food Handlers Certification is an asset

  • Comfortable handling compost and food waste

  • Accepting of all food types (some of our vendors sell meat and dairy)

  • Good communication, time management, and organizational skills

  • Experience or interest in local food, farmers' markets, and other related environmental issues

  • Proficient in the use of Google Drive, the Internet and social media

  • Community outreach and marketing experience are assets

  • A mobile phone with your own plan and access to a computer and Internet are required

  • Ability to work well in a team with people from different backgrounds and with diverse personalities


Benefits of volunteering at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market include learning new skills and giving back to the community in a meaningful way, reference letters for those that have committed to 4 or more markets, a free mug of coffee at each market, fresh produce, exposure as a blogger/on social, research/internship opportunity, helping the environment and reducing waste, learning more about zero waste living.

How to Apply:

Please complete our quick registration form and send a brief email highlighting why you are interested in this role. We'll be in-touch shortly!



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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 25 2019    ID: 53642