This team position will report to the Society’s Board of Directors and be responsible for all aspects to build a strong volunteer program as well as coordinate several special events at the Sharing Farm.  Volunteers include individuals, families, community and corporate groups.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate existing volunteer program, make recommendations – take to the board for implementation
  • Respond to all inquiries from individuals and groups in a timely manner
  • Create a system to build a directory of farm and orchard volunteers
  •  Revise existing method(s) to record volunteer hours
  • Schedule volunteers as required
  • Hold a minimum of two open houses a year for new volunteers
  • Represent the Sharing Farm at different community events to reach out and engage future volunteers
  • Attend farm team meetings as required
  • Prepare volunteer training as required and update operation manuals
  • Organize a minimum of two volunteer recognition events a year
  • Coordinate several special events a year that will include Seedy Saturday, Earth Day, Doors Open, Garlic Festival and Cultural Days

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Experience, and knowledge of current best practices in Volunteer Coordination and Management
  • Excellent organizational skills to produce event
  • Up to date First Aid certificate, and knowledge of  criminal record check procedures
  • Strong data-base and spreadsheet skill
  • Superior skills in use of electronic communications
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Experience working with volunteers who have a diversity of skills and abilities such as seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Thoughtful and effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Imaginative, tactful and diplomatic; good judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated and works effectively in a team environment
  • Passionate about community engagement
  • Good knowledge of community resources and referral processes
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Good understanding of organic gardening practices and enthusiastic about working on an organically-run farm

 

This Part time contract position requires a person with a flexible time schedule. Most volunteer groups come to the Sharing Farm on weekends.  Average hours of work per week estimated to be approximately 10 to 15 hours.

 

Rate of pay ($15 to $20 per hour) will be based on level of experience and skill sets.

Closing date for Applications December 31, 2011

Interviews will be held early January 2012

Interested applicants are asked to please send a brief cover letter and a resume to the attention of :

Mary Gazetas, Chair, RFTSP     marygazetas@shaw.ca

Arzeena Hamir, Co-Chair   RFTSP   arzeenahamir@shaw.ca

 

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