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ORGANIC FARMING / GARDENING

Position: Farm and Garden Co-ordinator
Type: 6-month internship with stipend depending on experience
Organization: OUR ECOVILLAGE
Location: live on-site, Shawnigan Lake, South Vancouver Island, BC
Start date: March 2nd, 2019

About O.U.R. Ecovillage

Located on an extraordinary 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE began operations in 1999 with a vision to create a model demonstration sustainable village community rooted in social, ecological, and economic well being. O.U.R. Ecovillage is the host site for O.U.R Community Association, a registered nonprofit society dedicated to the promotion of sustainable community living. People from all walks of life and all ages are able to benefit from educational programs facilitated within O.U.R developing site.

Farm and Garden Co-ordinator

We are looking for someone who is an experienced and competent organic gardener who can co-create and maintain a holistic/peramculture garden management plan and put it into action. Ideally, this person will have experience in facilitating, educating, delegating, and leading others in the garden with an attitude of excitement for the plants and the activities at hand. This person is required to have good communication skills, self-motivation, ability to work alone and in a group, good conflict resolution skills and openness to sustainable living practices through living in a learning community. Skills of additional benefit to the position: background in botany; Permaculture/ecological design & application; landscape design, installation & management of irrigation and infrastructure; community development and an interest in intentional sustainable living.

We host many volunteers who assist in the farm, often teach school groups, and are hoping for pure love flowing through the foods/land we share. Being highly organized and focused on safety and project management is important. An emphasis is placed on obtaining as much food from the land as possible and storing/perserving as much as we can bring in (including huge amounts of gleaning). This is a community based project, with a possibility of small/beautiful residential space. It is a busy role at times with high production and slow and creative at other points. We are hopeful for someone who very much wishes to become the face of this incredibly unique space.

Job activities and responsibilities (not limited to):

  • Managing annual vegetable production in our raised-bed gardens and greenhouses (for CSA and OUR kitchen)
  • Managing perennial food production in our developing orchards, food forests, and perennial systems
  • Expanding food production by designing and developing new garden and food forest areas as well as improving upon the designs of existing areas and systems
  • Assist with Livestock Management (jersey, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens/ducks).
  • Co-creating & implementing a garden management plan based upon organic philosophies and methods and 'OUR Food Manifesto'
  • Garden data recording & monitoring: i.e. weather keeping, planting charts, watering schedules, etc.
  • Facilitating/leading students & volunteers in organized hands-on garden related projects: Complimenting the Permaculture Design & Organic Food Production Skillbuilder program.
  • Participate in student feedback/assessments
  • Curriculum Co-development with program coordinator/supervisor and education program if inclined.
  • Working with the on-site cook in developing available produce schedules.
  • Work with continuance of “Farm Status”
  • Continue to establish nursery & garden expansion

As part of OUR ECOVILLAGE's committed ground team you will be able to access some of our guest programs and a wide number of OUR courses. We are working to create this position as part of the Internship framework for the Global Ecovillage Network and will be piloting how to build in as many different training components of skills for living/working in a cooperative, collective, community lifestyle. This is a high value learning opportunity and rather than paying for an full Internship with OUR school we have opened this position up for more as win-win and will be offered some compensation depending on experience. We work together in the village to share tasks and to project manage all the elements of a large demonstration site and intentional community which hosts lots of incredible learning programs (K-12, Universities/Colleges, building industry, regulatory authorities). We aim to be a highly professional that still maintains a creative edge while being as zero waste as possible.

This is a 6 month role but this could potentially turn into a longer position if Canadian and depending on your fit in the role/village as we will be shortlisting for a business partner.

**There is also a space potentially for those who qualify under the 'unemployment reachback' framework of EI to apply for a paid position with OUR Education Team - please contact us at volunteer@ourecovillage.org for further information on this related potential contract.

Please email us at:
volunteer@ourecovillage.org
with a resume and cover letter.


A 25 acre sustainable living permaculture demonstration site, education center and learning community on Vancouver Island.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Dec 13 2018    Numéro : 49636