• Fireweed Food Co-op

Summer Jobs at Fireweed!

Updated: Jun 24

We're looking for two young people who are passionate about local food to join our team this summer! Read below for full job descriptions and application instructions.




OVERVIEW: Fireweed Food Co-op is a non-profit community service co-operative organization whose mission is to build a more resilient, sustainable and socially just food system in Manitoba. Our Food Hub project (in its pilot year) is attempting to build a channel for local grocery stores, restaurants and institutions to access sustainably grown local food, to provide more steady wholesale market demand for small farmers, and increase equitable food access in Winnipeg. We are seeking creative candidates who are passionate about food systems, food justice, and are interested in potential advancement opportunities in our organization.




JOB #1 : Full-Time ASSISTANT MARKET COORDINATOR

  • 30 hrs/ week @ $15/hr July through September

  • application closes June 29th, job starts ASAP after that.


Duties: Working alongside the Market Coordinator, the responsibility of the Assistant Farmers' Market Coordinator will be to ensure the smooth functioning of the farmers’ market, particularly in light of COVID-19, as well help develop meaningful partnerships within the community. This job is a 3 month position at 30 hours per week and $15 per hour, and includes an 8 hour commitment every Wednesday from 1-9 pm


Volunteer Coordination:

  • Recruit, manage and coordinator volunteers during the market

  • Train new volunteers on volunteer duties and COVID-19 policies

Marketing & Communications:

  • Work with the board and staff to develop and implement a robust marketing strategy and ensure regular social media posts

  • Create regular newsletter and blog content

  • Respond to market inquiries in a timely manner

  • Assist in the implementation of social events and community programming at the market

Online Market management:

  • Help vendors upload their products; ensure vendors follow online market instructions and policies; organize troubleshoot software related issues

  • Oversee the packing and and coordinate the pick up of online market orders


Farmers’ Market preparation:

  • Recruit, schedule and communicate with vendors; create weekly site plans; solve minor issues as they arise

  • Help set-up the necessary tents, tables and signage for the market and ensure a clean and safe environment during the market that adheres to COVID-19 requirements

  • Be available to respond to vendor, volunteer and customer needs during the market

  • Help ensure that vendors and the market comply with farmers’ market guidelines and COVID-19 health & safety regulations


Qualifications:

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 29

  • Customer service experience

  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively with people from various backgrounds

  • Familiar with social media platforms or willingness to learn

  • Familiar with G Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive)

  • Knowledge and passion for local food systems

  • Have a working knowledge of farmers’ market regulations or willingness to learn

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs an asset

  • Living in the South Osborne area or having knowledge of the neighbourhood is considered an asset

Application details:

Indigenous youth, visible minority youth, LGBTTQ* youth and youth with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send a resume and cover letter to projects@fireweedfoodcoop.ca no later than Monday, June 29.





JOB #2 : Part-Time WAREHOUSE & DELIVERY COORDINATOR

  • 20 hrs/ week @ $15/hr July through September

  • application closes June 29th, job starts ASAP after that


DUTIES: Reporting to the Food Hub Coordinator, the Warehouse/ Delivery Staff Person’s responsibility is to make sure fresh food deliveries are received, accurately packed into customer orders following food safety standards and internal COVID-19 policy standards, and then delivered to customers in a timely manner that ensures product freshness and quality.


Order receiving and packaging:

  • Work at our warehouse location on Tuesday during the day (and possibly Monday evening) to receive deliveries from farmers.

  • Using our food hub software, check deliveries for accuracy and as necessary update order prices within the system.

  • Package individual customer orders clearly and accurately with appropriate labelling system.

Delivery:

  • Work at our warehouse on Wednesday during the day to pack orders into the delivery van, and then make city-wide deliveries to our customers.

  • Deliver orders accurately, maintaining proper temperature, and within the customer’s allotted time window.

  • Make sure food is handled safely and wear a face mask/ use hand sanitizer for customer deliveries (provided).


Required Assets/ Skills:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Class 5F Driver’s License with no criminal driving charges and no more than 1 at-fault accident and no speeding convictions 30km above speed limit in the previous 3 years.

  • Must be comfortable driving and parking a large panel van in the city.

  • Skills: basic computer skills, creating and maintaining an organizational system, creative problem solving, communication.

Application Details:

To apply, please send your resume and a brief cover letter to foodhub@fireweedfoodcoop.ca. BIPOC and LGBTTQ* candidates, as well as candidates with disabilities and students aged 18-29 especially encouraged to apply. Applications close on Monday June 29th.

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We are a community service co-op spearheaded by community stakeholders to connect producers and consumers of local food.