We’re Hiring! Northern Co-Hort Assistant

Published by Bess Legault on

NEAT is looking for an enthusiastic individual looking to help change the food system in the Peace Region. 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!


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

  • Directly work with the Northern Co-Hort Coordinator to support program deliverables
  • Support the development of policies, procedures and systems to improve program communications and deliverables
  • Provide collaborative support for research and development projects specific to horticulture in the Peace Region
  • Coordinate, plan, prepare, and communicate on-farm knowledge transfer events for farmers following Covid-19 safety protocols.
  • Support food security programing with local First Nations
  • Collaborate with the BC Peace Horticulture Pest Monitoring researcher to share knowledge with producer members
  • Support NEATs Soil Health Matters program designed to connect farmers with local agrologists with a deep understanding of soil health to build relationships and knowledge transfer to reduce risk for crop diversification and applying alternative production methods in line with climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Promote knowledge of local ecological agriculture and horticulture practices
  • Support Northern Co-Hort Producer members
  • Complete all mandatory reports and participate in weekly meetings;
  • Represent NEAT and the Northern Co-Hort Program 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.


  • Interest in the environment, sustainable agriculture, local food systems and/or a related field
  • Sensitivity to and broad knowledge of environmental issues
  • Demonstrate a high level of administrative competence
  • Experience participating in and supporting research projects
  • Experience with, or interest in, developing effective systems for record retention and simplifying/reducing paperwork
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Effectively handle information overload
  • Comfortable with public speaking and oral communication 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


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

  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and regular access to a vehicle
  • Meets requirements for working with children
  • Subject to security review


  • 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


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