BC Seed Security Farm Assistant

Posted: Sunday, April 5, 2020
 Full Time
 Small Scale
 Farming Practices
 Research
 Vegetables
 Other

Position Description

FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is a not-for-profit society connecting, empowering, and inspiring people to strengthen BC’s sustainable food systems. We develop, operate, and act as a catalyst for projects that support access to and production of local, sustainable food; support local growers and producers; provide access to and protection of farmland; and connect, educate, and celebrate with communities across BC. Since 1993 FFCF has been a leader in local food and sustainable agriculture working with business, NGO partners, government, universities, and the public to achieve our mandate.

Reporting to the BC Seed Security Program Director, FFCF is seeking an energetic and motivated person to assist our BC Seed Security Program team. This program is delivered partly in partnership with SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) Canadian field program, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BFICSS). The role is to help support on-farm research, seed conservation and plant breeding, and to engage the public in seed growing and saving. This could be you if you are fit and able to do field work, are comfortable working in a team or on your own, and have an interest in sustainable food systems.

Responsibilities:

Assisting the delivery of the Seed Security programming, may include, but is not limited to:

  • Working at the Research and Education Seed Farm. This will include farm work: planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, and record keeping.
  • Assist at on-farm and off-farm training events for farmers, including field days, workshops, and webinars
  • Communicate effectively about the society and programming

Hiring Requirements:

  • Farming experience a strong asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience/willingness to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment as well as work alone
  • Ability to provide your own transportation to the Research and Education Seed Farm
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Physical mobility, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting and digging
  • The position will be funded partially through a subsidy program

To be eligible, youth must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • be 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**; and,
  • 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
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