We have immediate openings for three summer student positions:

– Office & Data Support Coordinator
– Good Food Box Delivery Driver
– Warehouse & Harvest Support

Details for each of these jobs are listed below, please scroll down for more information.

The start date will be June 29th, 2020 and the program will run for 14-weeks, ending Oct 2nd, 2020. Twenty hours per week, with some flexibility.

Interested candidates, please submit your cover letter and resume ASAP to Maurita Prato, Executive Director via email. (Maurita@lushvalley.org) No phone calls or printed deliveries, please.

Of Special Note:

  • These positions are supported by Canada Summer Jobs/HRSDC and, to be considered for the position, applicants must be between 15 and 30 years of age.
  • If you are receiving either of the Canadian Emergency Benefits (CERB or CESB) you may still apply.
  • LUSH Valley is grateful to receive all applications. Unfortunately, we can only contact shortlisted candidates.
  • LUSH Valley believes in diversity, employment equity and social justice. We encourage applications from all community members but would be especially interested in receiving them from Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with a disability, LGBTQ people, and members of marginalized communities.

General Overview:

  • LUSH Valley Food Action Society is a Comox Valley-based non-profit organization. We envision a region where healthy, local food is at the heart of community wellbeing. We work to support the Comox Valley community in gaining food-systems skills and knowledge to increase food security, self-sufficiency, and local food production across the region.
  • LUSH Valley is seeking community-minded, energetic individuals with a passion for local food systems to join our team this summer and fall.
  • Candidates should have excellent attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and great customer service. Passion for local food systems and programs is an asset. This role is a physically demanding one and candidates should be able to assist with physical labour.
  • These individuals will report directly to the Executive Director and be supervised primarily by the Food Access Manager supporting LUSH Valley’s Summer and Fall food access programs including Good Food Box, Fruit Tree Program, Farm Gleaning, and other organizational tasks.

Qualifications for all three positions:

  • An upbeat personality with a can-do attitude.
  • Good time management and organizational skills, and a demonstrated ability to be self-directed, well organized, able to prioritize and multi-task.
  • A clear criminal record check
  • Current driver’s license (Class 5 or 7) and current driver’s abstract (Driver position only)
  • Excellent communication skills including online, written, verbal and presentation.
  • Ability to foster and maintain positive working relationships.

Office & Data Support Coordinator

Work Environment (Equipment, Demands and Hazards):

  • Candidates should have access to a home office or the ability to work virtually as needed.
  • Work hours will be 20 hours per week for 14 weeks or the equivalent number of hours, your schedule must be somewhat flexible.
  • Use of office equipment required; phone, photocopier, computers and software.
  • The worker will follow LUSH Valley Employment policies.

Responsibilities:

  • Following safety and COVD-19 protocols
  • Support the administrative and communications aspects of the organization
  • Support our Emergency Food Share delivery programs
  • Train new volunteers on call centre
  • Data entry and phone calling for LUSH emergency programs
  • Organize volunteer databases – data entry
  • Assist with our Emergency Food Programs
  • Other organizational tasks as required

Delivery Driver

Work Environment (Equipment, Demands and Hazards):

  • Candidates should have access to a home office or the ability to work virtually as needed.
  • Casual and business attire required for appropriate activities.
  • There will be some heavy lifting of fresh food, supplies and equipment.
  • Work hours will be 20 hours per week for 14 weeks or the equivalent number of hours, Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
  • Valid driver’s license and comfort driving a van
  • Use of office equipment required; phone, photocopier, computers and software.
  • The worker will follow LUSH Valley Employment policies.
  • Additional tasks as required

Responsibilities:

  • Following safety and COVD-19 protocols
  • Pick up Good Food Boxes at the warehouse
  • Deliver Good Food Boxes to recipients
  • Other organizational tasks as required

Warehouse & Harvest Support

Work Environment (Equipment, Demands and Hazards):

  • Candidates will work in our food hamper warehouse and/or on various farms and properties across the Comox Valley
  • There will be some heavy lifting of fresh food, supplies and equipment. (ability to lift 50-pounds multiple times)
  • Physical labour such as gardening, harvesting fruit and vegetables as well as distributing food is a major component of this job.
  • Casual and business attire required for appropriate activities.
  • Work hours will be 20 hours per week for 14 weeks or an equivalent number of hours, your schedule must be somewhat flexible to include Friday; evening and/or weekend hours as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving a van
  • Use of office equipment required; phone, photocopier, computers and software.
  • The worker will follow LUSH Valley Employment policies.

Responsibilities:

  • Following safety and COVD-19 protocols
  • Coordinate volunteers as necessary
  • Assist with coordination of the Fruit Tree and Farm Gleaning Programs:
  • Liaising with homeowners and farmers
  • Communicating to volunteers the proper harvest procedures and protocol,
  • Recording and sorting the harvest
  • Provide Information on the Fruit Tree Program; register trees and sign up volunteers.
  • Pick up and distribute fruit and vegetables to partner organizations
  • Train new volunteers to harvest fruit and vegetables
  • Assess fruit trees and gardens for readiness to harvest
  • Provide farm labourer when needed
  • Delivery of fruits and vegetables (packing van, driving and delivering food to recipients)
  • Foster relationships with community partners through participation in community meetings in conjunction with members and staff as needed
  • Support our Food Share Emergency Food delivery programs:
  • Work in the warehouse in shipping and receiving
  • Work in the warehouse to pack food boxes and support volunteers to pack food boxes
  • Assist cook (as needed)
  • Other organizational tasks as required