Community Coordinator

North Shore Neighbourhood House – Edible Garden Project

North Vancouver, British Columbia

The North Shore Neighbourhood House (NSNH) is a charitable organization that has been operating on the North Shore of Vancouver for over 75 years. The Edible Garden Project (EGP) is program of the NSNH that builds community through growing local food on the North Shore. The EGP:

  • shares thousands of pounds of fresh local produce each year with those most in need in our community.
  • farms the North Shore’s first urban farms, sells produce to the community from May to October, and provides hundreds of people opportunities to get involved.
  • teaches thousands of people of all ages how to grow their own food each year through inspiring hands-on educational activities and workshops.

As the Community Coordinator, you’ll work in a dynamic environment mobilizing our community to grow and share fresh local produce. You’ll work with over 400 volunteers each year in our Sharing Gardens and farms, build food growing skills and capacity in the community, grow and collect fresh produce for donation, and build community.

You will work collaboratively with the EGP team up to 40 hours a week. We are a team of passionate and energetic people that are dedicated to building community, developing volunteer capacity, and contributing to a thriving local food system.

For more information visit: www.ediblegardenproject.com.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Sharing the Bounty Program:

  • Coordinate all Sharing the Bounty program planning and delivery (includes: Sharing Gardens, Food Hub Market, Social Housing Produce & Garden, Yard & Produce Sharing).
  • Sharing Gardens: Coordinate all Sharing Garden development, volunteer engagement, and maintenance to maximize produce grown and donated.
  • Food Hub: Coordinate weekly Edible Garden Market at NSNH-Greater Vancouver Food Bank “Food Hub” which sells low cost fresh produce and provides education on food growing and healthy eating.
  • Social Housing Produce & Garden: Coordinate garden support, development, and training opportunities at local social housing residence; coordinate weekly (June – Oct) fresh produce donations.
  • Yard & Produce Sharing: Coordinate activities to promote yard sharing and backyard produce donations (ex. Sharing Backyards, and Grow A Row Share A Row).

Volunteer Program:

  • Recruit, mobilize, train, and coordinate volunteers for all EGP program areas (400+ volunteers annually)
  • Keep accurate volunteer records and program statistics, and liaise with NSNH Coordinator of volunteer services
  • Coordinate one annual volunteer recognition event

Community Outreach & Communications:

  • Act as the public face of the organization
  • Coordinate community outreach opportunities to increase awareness of and participation in EGP activities
  • Monthly EGP Newsletter, regular website (calendar and blog) and social media updates to promote volunteer opportunities, events, sustainable local food systems, food security, and EGP activities
  • Maintain and develop relationships with community partners and initiatives that feed into the mandate of the EGP
  • Assist with EGP fundraising and farm events

 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 2 years experience coordinating volunteers
  • Minimum 2 years food growing experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to the connection between gardening, health and the environment; knowledge of local food security issues
  • Demonstrated project management experience, and ease prioritizing diverse tasks
  • Demonstrated experience engaging community in creative outreach activities and events
  • Demonstrated ability to identify appropriate marketing and communication strategies
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Gmail, WordPress, Mailchimp, and social media
  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions, and able to lift 50lbs safely
  • Characteristics: highly self-motivated, able to work independently and collaborate with team, strong interpersonal and communication skills, creative, flexible, resourceful, highly organized, energetic

 

OTHER ASSETS:      

  • Familiarity with the North Shore community and community services; particularly the services and resources provided by North Shore community agencies and organizations
  • Access to home office
  • Willingness/skills to ride electric bicycle
  • Extensive food growing experience and knowledge of organic best practices
  • Beekeeping experience
  • Comfortable using and access to InDesign software
  • Access to a vehicle (preferably a pick-up truck)

 

Contract Details:

As this is a contract, there will be no deductions at source and the individual hired will be responsible for the payment of their own EI, CPP, taxes etc.  The NSNH will cover WCB contributions. It is expected that the contractor will provide their own tools of work (ex. computer) and have access to a vehicle.

  • 40 hours/week (some evenings & weekends, Tuesday-Saturday availability May-Oct)
  • Contract March-December 31, 2015 with opportunity to extend contract
  • Compensation: $20/hr

 

Application Process:

Please apply with your resume and a one-page cover letter. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All local shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in February. Upon offer of this contract position, the completion of a Criminal Record Check is required.

DEADLINE: 12AM PST (midnight) on Sunday February 8th, 2015

To Submit Your Application:

Email Subject Line: CommunityCoord_Application – YOUR NAME

Cover Letter and Resume: Please send as one PDF document, 3 page maximum (1 page Cover letter, 2 page resume) with this file name: FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_CommunityCoord

Email to:info@ediblegardenproject.com by 12AM PST (midnight) on Sunday February 8th, 2015

 

 

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