Online Farmers Market Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : Online Farmers Market Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Cow-op.ca
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Duncan, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-05-15 à 2017-08-31 (16 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 16,00 $

Position: Online Farmers' Market Assistant


Location: Duncan, Vancouver Island, B.C

Dates: August 28 to December 15, 2017

Duration: 16 weeks

Salary: $16.00 per hour + wage increase of $1.35/h + travel expenses covered by Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages Program


The Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace (CVCM), or Cow-op for short, is a non-profit Community Services Co-op incorporated in 2014, guided by a board of members made up of local farmers, business owners, and community partners to develop collective initiatives addressing local food security and farm viability in the Cowichan Region.


The www.Cow-op.ca, the first initiative of the CVCM and a partnership with Cowichan Green Community a leading organization in food security initiatives, is the region's first online farmers' market and Food Hub. The market provides a convenient harvest-to-order system for farmers while consumers can order direct from multiple local farms and other food producers via computer or mobile device.

Reporting to the Market Manager, the Online Farmers' Market Assistant will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks related to managing a farmer and food processor's co-operative and online market initiative. The Market is currently undergoing an expansion to include a second market pick up location in Victoria so a significant amount of the candidate's work will be related to assisting with this expansion. Duties include but are not limited to Producer/Member/Customer Web Training and Support, Communications and Media campaigns including use of social media, development of press releases, and working closely with the Cow-op board of Directors to develop additional marketing materials. Finally, the Market Assistant will help with hands on management of Market Day which includes receiving farmer drop-offs, quality control, packing orders, and customer pick ups.


The ideal candidate will be proficient with computers including social media management, familiarity with backend website platform management, and database management. Knowledge of the complete Microsoft Office suite is required and any experience with graphic design work especially Adobe Creative Suite and Illustrator program, is an asset. As the majority of the work will be conducted in English, bilingualism is an asset.


The ideal candidate will be attentive to detail and enjoy working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment where they are helping lead the way in the development of an new and alternate food system for our region. They will be flexible and adaptable to change, have great initiative and creativity and are passionate about local food, farming and sustainability issues.


Duncan is located on Vancouver Island in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. The Cowichan is Canada's Warmland, a place where traditional crops like potatoes, tomatoes and greens thrive alongside goji berries, hops, kiwis, and citrus. This lush agricultural Valley, rich in Cowichan Tribes First Nations history and culture, is located halfway between Victoria to the south and Nanaimo to the North. Quaint & charming oceanside communities, extensive hiking and world-class mountain biking trails, watersports, arts & culture, and award winning restaurants and wineries are ready for you to explore.

Admissibility Criteria


This position is partially funded by Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages. To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria:


- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada , (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

- Be legally entitled to work in Canada;

- Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;

- Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

- Have no other full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;

-Have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment;

-Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment;

-Have a working knowledge of both English and French;

-Be willing to work in another region in Canada.


Traveling expenses will be paid by Young Canada Works. An allocation allowance of an additional $1.35 per hour will be given to participants who must travel 125 km or more to the job location.


Please send resumes and a cover letter in English by July 7th detailing why you would make a great candidate for this position to Heather Kaye at marketmanager@cow-op.ca.



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