Farmland Ecosystem Services Program Coordinator – Society Promoting Environmental Conservation – Vancouver, BC

The Farmland Ecosystem Services Project Coordinator will work with the SPEC Food Committee, farmers, academics, government and other professionals towards a goal of increasing awareness and support for on-farm ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are those aspects of natural systems that benefit humanity, such as aesthetic value, spiritual value, healthy soil for future generations, and pollination services. You will also work towards strengthening a network of small-scale farmers across Metro Vancouver and educating the general public about on-farm ecosystem services.
The Project Coordinator is welcome to work in the SPEC office at any time. However, this position will be considered primarily a remote work-from-home role, with possible exceptions for in-person attendance at SPEC events in the Metro Vancouver area. Working schedule is flexible, Monday to Friday, with occasional (~once per month) evening committee meetings.
Hours: 10 hours per week
Pay per hour: $25.00
Contract Duration: July 15th 2022 to May 15, 2023
Extension dependent on funding
Work Location: Remote or Office (2305 W7th Ave, Vancouver BC)

Role Responsibilities
This position will report to SPEC’s Executive Director, and liaise with program managers to:
Organize the Small Farm Sessions which include online and/or in-person events for small-scale farmers in Metro Vancouver (tasks include fundraising, promotion, registration and evaluation)
Coordinate the Cover Crop Program, including the ordering, mixing and distribution of winter cover crop seeds
Design programs and/or resources to support farmers in planting pollinator habitat on their farms
Coordinate and lead outreach initiatives to educate the general public about on-farm ecosystem services
Liaise with SPEC’s communication team to develop project specific website, social media, newsletter content
Attend meetings and events with SPEC’s Food Committee and other active committees to connect with programming happening across SPEC
Maintain relationships with SPEC’s Food Committee, farmers, academics, government and other professionals towards a goal of increasing support for on-farm ecosystem services
Design, write and review grant applications and reports as needed
Attend evening SPEC Food Committee meetings
Work with a team of volunteers and staff to engage external stakeholders including donors, partners, and community members

Background or knowledge/experience in sustainable food systems, soil science, environmental stewardship, climate change, project management, event planning, community organization
Post-secondary education in sustainable food systems, ecology, soil science or a related field
Strong time management and organization skills, with attention to detail
Excellent English language communication skills (oral and written)
Excellent computer literacy and the ability to learn new platforms quickly. SPEC works in Mailchimp, WordPress, and mainstream social media platforms. Experience in these platforms is an asset
SPEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with our commitment to supporting a safe and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Please forward your resume and cover letter quoting “Farmland Ecosystem Services” in the subject line before July 15th to