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Position: Kitchen Assistant Co-ordinator & Chef
Type: volunteer + accommodations, more (see below)
Organization: OUR ECOVILLAGE
Location: live on-site, Shawnigan Lake, South Vancouver Island, BC
Start dates: April 23rd and June 1st, 2019

OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery is an amazing handcrafted natural building (cob strawbale) based in a 25 acre Sustainable/Permaculture Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre. With a 3 season busy rhythm, lots of visitors and course participants, and a number of events, there is a diverse range of activities in this role. OUR team highly values someone who can work with ‘food as medicine’ and is interested in working with health practioners and other foodies and yet at times be able to be in high production/organization mode. We host many volunteers who need a framework for helping in the kitchen, often teach school groups, and are hoping for pure love flowing through the foods we share. Being highly organized and focused on Food Safe 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.

We are looking for someone who is full time for:

  • Ordering and scheduling
  • Performing regular costing and inventory
  • Meeting regularly with the leadership team and other staff
  • Creating interesting and medicinal menus (mostly all buffet)
  • Supervising consistency and speed of recipes being prepared
  • Managing opening and closing duties for kitchen
  • Managing events food team
  • Developing inspiring specials on menu


  • Minimum 3 years of kitchen experience is required; more than 5 years is an asset.
  • People skills and the ability to lead a team of diverse staff and volunteers.
  • Personal interest in food as medicine, community atmosphere, holistic health, and experience cooking for vegan/vegetarian/paleo/gluten free diets (or willing to learn)
  • Openness to personal development, conscious communication and self responsibility

As part of OUR ECOVILLAGE's committed Internship Training program you will be able to access much of our guest programs and a wide number of OUR courses. We are working to create this as 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 Internship we have opened this position up for more as win-win. 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 for further information on this related potential contract.

Please email us at:
with a resume and cover letter.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Dec 13 2018    Numéro : 49635