Community Worker, Food Systems, summer position (Full Time)


Ecotrust Canada


Position: Community Worker

Commitment: 11 weeks, 35 hours/week
Start date: June 21, 2021
End date: September 3, 2021
Location: Prince Rupert, BC
Compensation: $15.20/35 hours per week/11 weeks

About Ecotrust Canada

Ecotrust Canada is an enterprising non-profit that works with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities toward building an economy that provides for a healthy and resilient natural environment; sustainable and abundant energy, food, and housing; prosperous and meaningful livelihoods; and vibrant cultures and inclusive societies. We call this approach building an economy that provides for life. Our on-the-ground work and systems approach is entrepreneurial, partnership-based, and relentlessly practical.

Position Summary

This is the inaugural year for the Northwest Food Systems Initiative (NWFSI), a collaborative program to meaningfully address food security, sovereignty, and access for the community members of Prince Rupert and our neighbours in the region. Starting with the building of a downtown urban farm in partnership with Metlakatla Stewardship Society, this new, community focused social endeavour will seek to build upon the groundswell of work that local organizations have undertaken to realize lasting, impactful solutions to food security challenges on the traditional territories of the Coast Tsimshian Peoples.

The Community Worker will work in collaboration with the Food Systems Coordinator, colleagues, and community members to build, maintain, and grow the Kaien Island Urban farm.  We are seeking a student who is creative, self-driven, highly organized, community-minded, and who can work independently.

Ecotrust Canada holds a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. Generally, we seek diverse perspectives and lived experiences that foster learning, creativity, innovation, and equity. Priority will be given to students who identify as Indigenous, a visible minority, and/or LGBTQ2, and students who live in rural, remote, or Indigenous communities. Decolonization is central to the change we seek to make in the world, however, we work to ensure that this process is incumbent on the whole of organization and should never fall on the shoulders of just employee, in particular an Indigenous employee.

  • Participate in all urban farming activities, including bed preparation, planting, maintenance, composting, and harvesting.
  • Work to develop the infrastructure of the urban farm, including but not limited to: garden beds, outdoor seating areas, pathways, fencing, etc.
  • Learn about the crops grown of the urban farm and communicate knowledge to visiting community members.
  • In collaboration with supervisor and colleagues; develop a maintenance and crop rotation plan.
  • Be responsible for the neat appearance of urban farm plots, greenhouse, shed and overall site.
  • Help to foster an overall sense of community and inclusivity on the urban farm.
  • Help to coordinate volunteer activities, workshops, and events.
  • Continue to build resilient and reciprocal relationships with our Indigenous partners.
Activities and Deliverables
  • Maintain the overall appearance of the urban farm by weeding, raking, watering, etc.
  • Recruit and engage volunteers of all ages to be involved with various aspects of the urban farm, such as building, maintenance, harvesting, and planting.
  • Keep records or garden inventory, planting schedules, and daily visitors.
  • Other tasks as required.
Skills and Qualifications
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, with the ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Have interest and experience in dreaming up projects and seeing them through to completion.
  • Highly organized and efficient with the ability to prioritize and track tasks.
  • Passion for the world of food, such as growing, cooking, preserving, and foraging.
  • Comfortable working with tools, basic construction, and carpentry.
  • Demonstrated commitment to support resilient communities and a healthy environment through educational, professional, and/or volunteer experiences.

This position is partially funded by a grant from Canada Summer Jobs, which requires the successful candidate to:

  • 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.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Charles Gerein, by midnight, Friday, May 21, 2021. We thank everyone for their interest; however only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.