[Sust-mar] Community Food Programmer, f/t, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Ecology Action Centre – Full-time Job Posting

The Our Food Project: Reconnecting Food and Community

Position: Community Food Programmer

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

About the Ecology Action Centre

Since 1971, the Ecology Action Centre has been working at the local, regional, national and more recently, international level to build a healthier and more sustainable world. While all of our work is connected to Nova Scotia, we draw inspiration from many places. We work closely with communities as well as social and natural scientists and make strong use of science in communicating our message. Our areas of focus include Built Environment, Marine, Coastal and Water, Wilderness, Food, Transportation and Energy. The Community Food Programmer position will work in collaboration with the Halifax food team, as well as our remote staff in Cape Breton, Cumberland County and South Eastern New Brunswick. They will also play an important role in the ongoing organizational work of the Ecology Action Centre.

About the Our Food Project

The EAC’s Our Food Project is a four year project made possible by the generous funding of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The overarching goal of the Our Food Project is to strengthen communities' relationship to food by helping to build what we call ‘positive food environments’. Positive food environments are the physical and social spaces that help to normalize healthy eating by making it easier to grow, sell, and eat good food. We work at the individual, community and systemic level to increase the availability of nutritious food as well as our access to it. In doing so, we actively involve people in the development of more localized food systems.

Community Food Programmer Position

The Community Food Programmer works closely with 4 community partner groups and organizations to enhance their ongoing food and garden programming, as well as developing the physical infrastructure of garden spaces, building the capacity of partner staff and participants, as well as consulting with interested parties about how to start their own food and garden programs. This is balanced with the ongoing administrative duties of the food team, and the contribution to Ecology Action Centre as a whole. The position works closely with the food team and reports to the EAC’s 3 staff directors.

Responsibilities for the Community Food Programmer position include: 
• Working closely with 4 partner community groups and organizations to strengthen their food and garden programming, and support long-term sustainability of the work.
• Development and facilitation of regular food and garden workshops on topics such as harvesting, season extension, canning and preserving, seasonal cooking.
• Weekly garden workdays throughout the growing season.
• Supporting initiation or expansion of additional community gardens across Halifax through consultation and resource sharing.
• Building community capacity, leadership and engagement.
• Community consultation, outreach, and promotion in partner neighborhoods.
• Expansion and maintenance of physical infrastructure at partner sites, including garden beds, rain catchment systems, compost bins, etc.
• Developing and disseminating educational materials, workshop curriculum, and other resource materials.
• Collaborating with Our Food Project Staff to develop and deliver policy and capacity building programs with partner communities and organizations.
• Fundraising and grant writing to support the expansion of partner projects and the continuation of the Our Food Project.
• Communications responsibilities, including blogging and other social media for the Our Food Project.
• Volunteer, intern and summer student recruitment, training and supervision.
• Project evaluation, data collection and reporting.
• Supporting the work of the Food Action Committee and the Ecology Action Centre.
• Contributing to the on-going development of the Our Food project work through team retreats, planning sessions, and partnership development.
• Other duties as required.

Required skills and experience:
• 2 or more years of experience working with community development projects ideally with a focus on community food security;
• Experience working with diverse communities, including low-income, New Canadians and other marginalized communities;
• Proven experience delivering workshops or other popular education activities;
• Strong knowledge and practical experience of gardening techniques and maintaining garden infrastructure;
• Strong knowledge of and practical experience in cooking with seasonal foods and canning and other preserving techniques;
• Proven organizational skills, attention to detail, friendly and patient;
• Strong communication skills;
• Passionate about community food initiatives;
• Demonstrates leadership, and willingness to learn, experiment, collaborate and adapt;

Desirable skills and experience:
• Experience fundraising and grant-writing
• Knowledge of developmental evaluation an asset
• Driver’s license an asset.
• Criminal record check may be required.

Terms of Employment

September 1st 2015 to February 14th 2017

With some hours required the last two weeks in August.
37.5 hours per week @ $21.47 per hour
Cost-shared benefits plan and 4 weeks paid vacation per year


Interviews are expected to take place July 29th, 30th, 31st and August 4th. The successful candidate will be required to attend our team retreat August 18-20th in New Brunswick and complete 3 days orientation prior to the official start date on September 1st. This time will be reimbursed at the hourly rate listed above. 

Hours: Monday to Friday – variable hours. Some evening/weekend work will be required.

Location: This position will be based at our Halifax office.

Please email a cover letter and resume (including contact information for two references) to Will Hill, Community Food Programmer, at: 
will at ecologyaction.ca

Please submit your application in the form of a pdf document with required elements in the following order: cover letter, resume, references. 

DUE DATE: Monday July 27th, 12 pm

We thank all applicants for their time and interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, First Nations, and persons with disabilities. Diversity is a stated value of the Ecology Action Centre. Moreover, diversity in the EAC community is a strength that must be cultivated. It is the responsibility of every employee of EAC to foster a culture that embraces and promotes diversity.

The Centre welcomes new members and volunteers: http://www.ecologyaction.ca

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