NEAT is looking for a dynamic leader to coordinate our Eco Farm Skills and Market Extension programs for the 2022 season. Help support a community of passionate producers connecting with and training the next generation of alternative minded farmers driving food security in the Peace! If you are self-motivated, enjoy local food, and can work independently, this job might be perfect for you! Please email bess@neat.ca or fill out the form below to apply!

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Eco Farm Skills Coordinator will be based in Fort St John, BC and will report to the
Northern Co-Hort Coordinator. The Eco Farm Skills Coordinator will:

  • Work directly with support from the Northern Co-hort Coordinator and Assistant
  • Manage seasonal pop up markets – set up and take down of Northern Co-hort booth at the markets, packing vehicle and driving to and from the markets, inventory management and weekly restocks with participating producers, submitting weekly market cashouts
  • Promote knowledge of local small scale ecological agriculture and horticulture practices
  • Manage Northern Co-Hort social media platforms (Facebook, Instragram) to promote program offerings
  • Support the Fireweed Market manager to communicate systems for selling whole foods and low risk value added products through the store
  • Support the organization of community outreach and information sessions
  • Evaluate and refine the Eco Farm Skills orientation materials
  • Facilitate student introductions to the program through the use of orientation materials and support creating culture around cooperation, collaboration and open communication between students, farmers, Northern Co-hort coordinator, other NEAT staff and the community.
  • Facilitate relationships between Eco Farm Skills students and Northern Co-hort producer members
  • Schedule shifts for staff in consultation with Northern Co-hort Eco Farm Members
  • Perform short term work on ecological farms throughout the Region, taking direction from producer
  • Ensure materials for all activities are gathered and ready for use
  • Perform risk assessments daily, weekly, and as necessary to keep all participants and staff safe
  • Ensure all covid-19 precautions are adhered to
  • Complete all mandatory reports and participate in weekly meetings;
  • Represent NEAT and the Northern Co-Hort professionally at all times
  • Be a positive team player
  • Complete other duties as assigned

This position may require a varied workweek schedule to accommodate special events and other activities.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Interest in the environment, sustainable agriculture, or a related field
  • Effectively mediate between individual needs of the students and requirements of the organization
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. Experience with scheduling an asset
  • Sensitivity to and knowledge of environmental issues 
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to build community relationships and use information from the community to guide program direction
  • Ability to work unsupervised and demonstrate motivation and initiative
  • Ability to work varied hours (mornings, evenings, and weekends)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Internet usage

REQUIRED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

To be eligible for the program, job applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  • Is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the beginning of the employment period
  • Is 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
  • 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
  • Valid BC Driver’s License
  • Subject to security review

TERM OF POSITION

  • This is a temporary full-time position. Hours of the position will vary according to the activities being undertaken, averaging 35-40 hours per week
  • Compensation based on experience

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