EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Part-Time Chef and Culinary Wizard:

 

Wage:  $22 – $24/ hour, commensurate with experience
Plus wellness benefit and professional development stipend
Schedule: 22.5 – 30 hours/ week
Monday – Wednesday OR Monday – Thursday, plus the occasional weekend
Schedule depends on the availability and skillset of the candidate and the budget.
Location Courtenay, BC
The majority of work must be done in-person, with some flexibility to work from home
Posting Closes: May 24, 2022
Start Date: May 30, 2022

 

Interested Candidates, please submit your cover letter and resume to James at fruit@lushvalley.org

 

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 support the Comox Valley community to gain food-systems tools, engage in just and resilient local food systems and receive equitable access to nourishing food.

When you work with LUSH Valley, you become part of an energetic and passionate team making positive change in the Comox Valley. 

LUSH Valley offers:

  • A diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Opportunities for growth and learning
  • A monthly wellness benefit
  • A professional development account
  • Other fresh food perks

 

ROLE SUMMARY:

LUSH Valley is looking for a dynamic and experienced Chef to manage the Hot Meal Program and various fundraising events. The ideal candidate will be passionate about local and seasonal food and will be able to develop menus highlighting it. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a production kitchen and on a line.

The Chef will work closely with LUSH Valley’s Food Access Manager to build on existing farm relationships, prepare lunches for the Hot Meal program and create fun and creative menus for a series of fundraising events.

The Chef will also work with a small group of dedicated and capable volunteers. Experience working with volunteers is an asset; the ability to take a leadership role in the kitchen is a must.  

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years of culinary experience
  • Formal culinary training
  • Managerial experience considered an asset
  • Valid FoodSafe Certification
  • Clear criminal record check
  • Class 5 driver’s license with a clear driver’s abstract
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds 
  • The ability to maintain calm under pressure
  • Collaborative, can-do attitude
  • Good time-management and organizational skills
  • Ability to organize, multitask and self-direct
  • Ability to foster and maintain positive working relationships

 

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Prepare and cook up to 150 meals a day for the Hot Meal Program
  • With support, prepare food for a series of LUSH Valley fundraising events, including our Farm to Table Dinner on September 10th (125 guests)
  • Work with volunteers and staff to purchase, prepare, cook and serve meals
  • Create diverse menus highlighting local and seasonal foods
  • Follow a budget
  • Engage with a variety of LUSH Valley clients, including those with barriers to healthy eating
  • Collaborate with various staff, board, volunteers, farmers and community partners
  • Additional tasks as required

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Currently, LUSH Valley’s cooking programs operate in partnership with The Farmer’s Kitchen food truck as we build our own commercial kitchen space in Tin Town.

The food truck kitchen is fully equipped with multiple coolers, a small deep fryer, a six burner stove, an oven and a flat top grill. The ideal candidate will have experience using, cleaning and maintaining these pieces of equipment. The kitchen also requires the ability to work in small spaces and use stairs with ease. Some heavy lifting is required in this role. Business-casual attire may be required for certain events. 

 

LUSH Valley is grateful to receive all applications, but 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 disability, LGBTQIA2S+ people and members of marginalized communities.

Program Assistant: Food Access Programs

 

Wage:  $16 – $17/ hour
Plus wellness benefit and professional development stipend
Schedule: 31 hours/ week for 8 weeks
Some weekend work required
Location Courtenay, BC
This position requires in-person work; remote work is not possible
Posting Closes: May 30, 2022
Start Date: June 6, 2022

 

This is a Canada Summer Jobs position. Candidates must be between the ages of 15 – 30 and must be Canadian Citizens or Landed Immigrants to apply. 


Interested Candidates, please submit your cover letter and resume to James at
fruit@lushvalley.org

 

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 support the Comox Valley community to gain food-systems tools, engage in just and resilient local food systems and receive equitable access to nourishing food.

When you work with LUSH Valley, you become part of an energetic and passionate team making positive change in the Comox Valley. 

LUSH Valley offers:

  • A diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Opportunities for growth and learning
  • A monthly wellness benefit
  • A professional development account
  • Other fresh food perks

 

ROLE SUMMARY:

LUSH Valley is looking for a Program Assistant to support various Food Access programs including (but not limited to) the Good Food Box Program, Fruit Tree Program and Farm Gleaning program.  The primary tasks in this role will be managing volunteers, sorting and packing produce, organizing fruit tree and farm gleaning harvests and related driving. 

The successful candidate must have a Class 5 drivers license (Class 7 will be considered), be comfortable driving a van and have a clean driver’s abstract. Passion for local food systems is considered an asset.

Candidates should be skilled in problem-solving, organization, logistics and communications. The ideal candidate has a diverse skill set that allows them to work primarily on the Good Food Box Program, but also assist in other programs as needed. This role will report directly to the Food Access Manager.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Working knowledge of Google Suite on PC/mac and mobile
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Clear criminal record check
  • Class 5 driver’s license with a clear driver’s abstract
  • Basic First Aid
  • Collaborative, can-do attitude
  • Ability to organize, multitask and self-direct
  • Excellent communication skills

 

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manage, sort and pack produce in the LUSH Valley warehouse
  • Pick-up produce from farms and farmers’ markets
  • Deliver Good Food Boxes
  • Coordinate volunteers in farms, orchards and backyards across the Comox Valley
  • Record statistics and complete administrative tasks
  • Work with the Food Access Manager to debrief and plan
  • Assist in Food Access Programs as needed
  • Additional tasks as required, such as supporting fundraising and outreach event

 

LUSH Valley is grateful to receive all applications, but 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 disability, LGBTQIA2S+ people and members of marginalized communities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Click here to register through our online volunteer database and let us know what you may be interested in helping with. We regularly send out emails to our volunteers when new opportunities arise.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Food Share: Our Hot Meal and Good Food Box Programs utilize volunteers to help as delivery drivers, chef’s assistants, call centre support and warehouse support.
  • Board of Directors: If interested, please email us.
  • Fruit Tree & Farm Gleaning: These two programs will become more active as the growing season progresses, with the majority of the harvesting activity typically being from mid-July through early October.
  • Healthy Foods Programs: Kitchen assistant volunteer positions will be needed in the fall when Young Cooks programs resume.
  • Share the Harvest Community Garden: Opportunities are available in our Seniors Gardening Group as well as our Share the Harvest Community Garden and Vanier Educational Garden.

LUSH Valley Food Action Society is an equal opportunity organization and, whether paid or volunteer positions, we believe in diversity, employment equity and social justice.

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