The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm is a 24-hectare teaching, research and community farm located on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. Embodying UBC’s aspiration to be a “living laboratory”, the CSFS/UBC Farm provides experiential learning opportunities for students, community members and the general public and strives to explore and exemplify how land, food and community are brought together to create healthy and sustainable food systems. More information about the CSFS/UBC Farm can be found at http://www.ubcfarm.ubc.ca. The Practicum Field Mentor works in collaboration with the Practicum Coordinator and CSFS/UBC Farm Staff to provide day-to-day field instruction and supervision to the CSFS/UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture students as well as assisting with annual and/or perennial crop production. The goal of the UBC Farm Practicum Program is to inspire and cultivate new farmers and food sustainability leaders who will transform their communities and their food systems through initiatives and enterprises that are economically, socially, and ecologically healthy and viable. For more information on the CSFS/UBC Farm Practicum Program, please visit http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/community/practicum-in-sustainableagriculture/. We are seeking an energetic and inspired person to work with the CSFS/UBC Farm team to support the growth of our Practicum students and participate in the success of CSFS/UBC Farm’s production and sales program.
WORK PERFORMED Practicum Field Mentorship Responsibilities – 35%: Works with the CSFS/UBC Farm field staff and the Practicum Coordinator to plan, prioritize, and facilitate day-to-day field tasks in the context of crop production and marketing systems on a working campus farm. Field tasks include: cultivation, soil management, plant propagation, seeding, weed management, pest management, irrigation, harvest, and post-harvest processing. Works with the Practicum Coordinator to guide student plot experience (shared and individual plots). This includes being available to answer questions during plot time, ensuring that plots are being properly managed, ensuring that students are receiving sufficient guidance and support, as well as integrating the educational curriculum into the student plot experience. Assists the Practicum Coordinator with administrative tasks related to the management of the Practicum Program as required. Field Operations Assistant Responsibilities – 65%: Field production leadership and oversight of one or more fields, including seeding, transplanting, irrigating, managing pests, weeding, harvesting, etc. General farm tasks – compost management, livestock assistance, basic construction, cleaning, etc. Field research assistance – weighing, measuring, and recording crop production and yield data. Post-harvest tasks – washing, sorting, packaging and preparing produce for sale. Sales assistance – occasional assistance stocking produce and interacting with customers at our public markets. Volunteer assistance – working with volunteers, providing clear instructions, and passing on knowledge.
Education and Experience:
- 2 years of post-secondary education plus two growing seasons of agricultural work experience.
- Training and work experience in diversified, organic vegetable and/or fruit production preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership experience; able to comfortably provide hands-on group and individual instruction to students and community members of diverse ages and backgrounds.
- Experience working within a large public-sector organization (i.e. a university or government organization) is an asset.
- A broad base of technical skills in the areas of horticultural production, soil and landscape management, farm equipment use and maintenance, computer use, and/or animal care in a mixed farm setting.
- Demonstrated supervisory, communication (verbal/written), facilitation, and interpersonal skills; able to work both independently and within a high-energy team environment; able to resolve interpersonal conflicts professionally; good collaboration and group leadership skills.
- Demonstrated ability to model the knowledge, skills, and work habits required to successfully operate a viable farm enterprise.
- Strong organizational skills; able to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, work independently, and take initiative.
- Must be physically fit, able to lift approximately 50lbs, and have a flexible schedule.
Familiarity with the UBC Farm site, and the CSFS/UBC Farm vision, mission and operations is an asset.
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license.
- Demonstrated ability to work quickly, efficiently and calmly in high-stress settings for long hours in any weather and bring tasks to completion on time.
Start and End Dates: March 15th , 2017 to November 30th , 2017 (with the possibility of a part-time extension into the winter). Exact start date is flexible, with the possibility of an earlier part-time start. Hours Worked: Full time (35 hours/week, Tuesdays through Saturdays) March through October. Part-time hours in November. Wage: $16.26 – $17.41 per hour (commensurate with experience)
For more information: http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/get-involved/careers/