Nanaimo Foodshare Society

Job Posting

Food And Gardening Skills Program Assistant (1)

Foodshare Summer Food and Gardening programs focus on increasing food security and skills related to local sustainable food access. Programs have a youth and child focus. The student’s primary role will focus on watering, weeding, planting and maintaining the edible school garden sites as well as assist with the urban farm program, including harvesting produce. Students will maintain garden equipment and assess need for replacements.  Students will provide workshops in garden settings, including workshops as a part of the Kids Get Cooking and Gardening summer day camps for children. Students will also have opportunity to develop food and gardening education activities for families in the community, including programs that are a part of the Foodshare program associated with the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Each garden has sections that include indigenous foods. Students will assist in programs that educate about indigenous foods. The student positions help with building relationships between the aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities and contribute to the community priority for events that educate and promote the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Applicable Field of Studies: Horticulture, Nutrition, Dietetics – the program involves the maintenance of 5 food gardens and a teaching farm site, including planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and distributing food.  There will be opportunity to teach food skills that include diet and nutrition and how that is connected to foods grown locally. Horticulture Therapy, Early Childhood Education, Education, Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Community Development.  The program provides gardening and environmental based day programs to children. Students will have the opportunity to develop workshops and activities for children and families. An understanding of development and local learning needs at different ages will build on the skills for students engaged in the above programs.  Social Work applies to the position because the majority of children attending the program are from very low income families and require lots of support not only with food but a safe place to learn and share.

Job Title: Dates:

Food And Gardening Skills Program Assistant July 2 – August 24, 2018*

Hourly Wage: Application Deadline:

$15.00 / hour based on 30-40 hour per week*                 April 20, 2018

*This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs and details of this position will be confirmed no later than April 23.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Purchasing all necessary supplies for garden activities
  • Ensuring proper watering, weeding and general maintenance of the garden sites and participate at Urban Farm site and Urban Farm activities
  • Seeding and Planting of fall and winter vegetables
  • Organizing and facilitating children’s and family garden workshops
  • Participation with BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program
  • Organizing community gardening opportunities
  • Assist in fundraising
  • Assist with fundraising events or special events for the School Garden program (may involve occasional weekend or evening availability)
  • Ensuring produce from garden sites is available for school community/volunteers, cooking classes and/or the Summer Lunch Munch program
  • Facilitating garden activities with children and with community groups
  • Other roles as needed, including processing garden foods
  • Support Foodshare Farm Box and Good Food Box programs where needed

Required Skills and Abilities:

    • MUST be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
    • MUST be between 15 and 30 years of age
    • MUST be registered as a full time student in previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full time basis in the next academic year
    • Be students in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program, but not attending full-time classes during job placement
  • Previous experience (min. 1-2 years) of organic gardening
  • Valid BC drivers license
    • First Aid and CPR an asset
  • Ability to work well as a team and independently
  • Ability to take direction and follow through with instructions
  • Criminal record check
  • Sensitivity to issues of hunger and poverty with a good understanding of food security
    • Enjoy working with children
    • Basic knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating
    • Responsible, punctual, good organizational and time management skills
    • Willingness to be available for media opportunities to promote the program
    • Background in related field of study including: Horticulture, Nutrition, Dietetics, Nursing, Community Development, Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education

Application Procedure:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Chrys – chrys.loscerbo@nanaimofoodshare.ca. Resumes can also be sent to Nanaimo Foodshare Society, 271 Pine St. Nanaimo, BC V9R 2B7, and attention: Chrys LoScerbo.

Foodshare Program Assistant (1)

The Program Assistant will contribute to Foodshare’s goal of increasing community capacity to support local agriculture and address food security in our region. The Foodshare Program Assistant will work with the kitchen program to assist in coordinating food programs. This includes assisting the coordination of kitchen staff time to use food donations received from the gleaning program. The student will also assist in the coordination of the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon program, which includes organizing a Farmers market table, creating a weekly learning interaction at the table, and organizing the distribution of coupons for participants of the program. The student will be involved with supporting activities at the Five Acre Farm and with Foodshare’s seniors programs. They will create curriculum and workshop plans and implement food literacy and lifeskills activities, and coordinate volunteers for Foodshare participants and partners as required. The Foodshare assistant will also support other Foodshare programs including the summer lunch munch, summer daycamp programs, and other programs as needed. They will assist in teaching a variety of job and food skills, including lifeskills, effective communication, food safety, cooking skills and agricultural skills. The Foodshare assistant will support the implementation of summer events at the Five Acre Heritage farm, that will celebrate Nanaimo’s agriculture heritage by celebrating our local heritage farms, at farm sites.

Field of Studies: Social Work, Nursing, Community Development, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education, First Nations Studies, Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Dietetics. The program provides education and on the job training for participants in the Homegrown program and with other Foodshare programs. Students will receive experience in food preparation, nutrition, and providing programming to support food literacy (Food skills and information to make healthy food choices), lifeskills and job skills. Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Care, Education, Social Services –Students will be facilitating workshops and classes that teach food skills, job skills and lifeskills. A background in childhood development and education will allow students to apply their post secondary education in the workplace. The majority of children attending the program are from low income families and require lots of support not only with receiving food but with a safe space to learn and share. Social work students would be able to apply their education in a work experience opportunity as a part of their work in supporting at risk youth in achieving their personal goals and in supporting other community participants in programs where the families are often low income and have challenges or disabilities.

Job Title: Dates:

Foodshare Program Assistant June 4 – August 24, 2018*

Hourly Wage: Application Deadline:

$16.00 / hour based on 30-40 hour per week*                 April 20, 2018

*This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs and details of this position will be confirmed no later than April 23.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in designing and developing the Summer Lunch Munch Program strategy
  • Develop the menu for summer activities and programs
  • Responsible for preparing and distributing lunches to designated parks daily
  • Clean the food preparation area daily, and store food appropriately
  • Responsible for all ordering, shopping and inventory
  • Responsible for waste and usage of food
  • Ability to work within pre-determined budgets
  • Supervise staff
  • Assist in fundraising
  • Assist in promoting the program within the local media
  • Assist with fundraising events or special events for the Summer Lunch Munch program (may involve occasional weekend or evening availability)
  • Assist with BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program
  • Assist with other Foodshare activities as needed

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • MUST be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • MUST be between 15 and 30 years of age
  • MUST be registered as a full time student in previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full time basis in the next academic year
  • Be student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program, but not attending full-time classes during job placement
  • Food related skills an asset
  • Foodsafe certificate
  • Valid Drivers license
  • First Aid and CPR an asset
  • Ability to input information into various computer programs such as Word and Excel
  • Ability to take direction and follow through with instructions
  • Ability to work well as a team
  • Sensitivity to issues of hunger and poverty with a good understanding of food security
  • Basic knowledge of nutrition
  • Responsible, punctual, good organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to be available for media opportunities to promote the program
  • Ability to be creative in planning fundraising events
  • Background in related field of study including: Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Dietetics, Nursing, Community Development, Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education

Application Procedure:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Jen – admin@nanaimofoodshare.ca. Resumes can also be sent to Nanaimo Foodshare Society, 271 Pine St. Nanaimo, BC V9R 2B7, and attention: Jen Cody.

 

Summer Kitchen Program Assistants (2)

Foodshare’s Summer programs have the goal of addressing the issue of food insecurity for families and children in our region through food procurement and summer food programs. Students in this position will assist in various summer programs including the summer lunch munch, summer day-camp programs and the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon program. They will assist in preparing and distributing healthy lunches to children in need at parks and other locations. As well, they will ensure food prep is done in a foodsafe manner and that meals for children with special dietary needs are prepared as required. Cleaning of food prep area(s) is necessary on a daily basis and ensuring food is stored appropriately. Students in this position will assist with record keeping such as # meals, food items and amounts used, and # of children accessing the program. Summer Kitchen Program Assistants will create curriculum and workshop plans and implement food literacy activities for children and families in various settings. They will teach a variety of food skills, including food safety, cooking skills, healthy eating choices (nutrition), and local sustainable food systems. As well, they will be engaged in one indigenous food event with local first nations, aboriginal day.

Applicable Field of Studies: Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Dietetics, Nursing, Community Development, Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education, First Nations Studies. The program provides over 7000 meals made from scratch to children. Students will receive experience in food preparation, nutrition, and providing programming to support food literacy (Food skills and information to make healthy food choices). Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Care, Education, Social Services – the program provides cooking and nutritional based classes to children. Students will be facilitating workshops and classes that teach food skills. A background in childhood development and education will allow students to apply their post secondary education in the workplace. The majority of children attending the program are from low income families and require lots of support not only with receiving food but with a safe space to learn and share. Social work students would be able to apply their education in a work experience opportunity as a part of their work in increasing food security with low income families.

Job Title: Dates:

Summer Kitchen Program Assistant June 4 – August 24, 2018*

Hourly Wage: Application Deadline:

$16.00 / hour based on 30-40 hours/week*                  April 20, 2018

*This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs and details of this position will be confirmed no later than April 23.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in designing and developing the Summer Lunch Munch Program strategy
  • Develop the menu for summer activities and programs
  • Responsible for preparing and distributing lunches to designated parks daily
  • Clean the food preparation area daily, and store food appropriately
  • Responsible for all ordering, shopping and inventory
  • Responsible for waste and usage of food
  • Ability to work within pre-determined budgets
  • Supervise staff
  • Assist in fundraising
  • Assist in promoting the program(s) within the local media
  • Assist with fundraising events or special events for the Summer Lunch Munch program (may involve occasional weekend or evening availability)
  • Assist with BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program
  • Assist with other Foodshare activities as needed

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • MUST be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • MUST be between 15 and 30 years of age
  • MUST be registered as a full time student in previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full time basis in the next academic year
  • Be students in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program, but not attending full-time classes during job placement
  • Food related skills an asset
  • Foodsafe certificate
  • Valid Drivers license
  • First Aid and CPR an asset
  • Ability to input information into various computer programs such as Word and Excel
  • Ability to take direction and follow through with instructions
  • Ability to work well as a team
  • Sensitivity to issues of hunger and poverty with a good understanding of food security
  • Basic knowledge of nutrition
  • Responsible, punctual, good organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to be available for media opportunities to promote the program
  • Ability to be creative in planning fundraising events
  • Background in related field of study (an asset) including: Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Dietetics, Nursing, Community Development, Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education

Application Procedure:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Jen – admin@nanaimofoodshare.ca. Resumes can also be sent to Nanaimo Foodshare Society, 271 Pine St. Nanaimo, BC V9R 2B7, and attention: Jen Cody.