FARM JOB: INVERMERE, BC – Groundswell Network Society Greenhouse and Gardens, Sustainability Intern

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 12, 2019

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Groundswell Network Society in Invermere, BC is seeking a Sustainability Intern for the 2019 season!

About Groundswell Network Society

Our operation consists of a 3000 sq ft cold climate greenhouse designed to offer educational programming and community participation. The greenhouse is located on a 1/4 acre property which also includes a developing food forest and a demonstration garden. Hand garden tools and a weed whipper are the primary tools used to maintain the site. We offer a u-pick to community members and also provide a harvest-to-market component to local vendors. We also sell our produce at various community events that occur during the growing season. We produce various types of greens, herbs, vegetables, berries, fruit and plants useful for medicinal purposes.
Groundswell community greenhouse and gardens is our flagship project and a shining example of the power of collaborative community effort.

Everything is grown based on a living soil philosophy. We only use organic practices at Groundswell although we are not certified organic. Groundswell Network Society operates as a non profit community development organization. Our mission is to promote community sustainability and resilience through education and by the advancement of innovative projects that result in health for people, the environment and the economy.

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Successful Groundswell Interns:

Have strong verbal and writing skills, social media and graphics an asset, particularly website development. Event planning & promotions, media literacy, budgeting, handling money, ensuring health & safety standards are adhered to in all activities. Are self-starters, independent, comfortable with self-direction, problem solving, good time managers, possess a ‘service to client’ attitude, patience and a sense of humour.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • Intention to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations *Foreign students are not eligible.
  • Criminal record check required as this position requires work with youth

Field of Studies or Interests in:

Agricultural studies, Horticultural Environmental Studies, Health and Community Development and all fields related to this position in garden and greenhouse plant production, soil, compost, food harvest, education and community development and outreach.

Job Description

  • The Sustainability Intern assists with garden and greenhouse plant production and food harvesting/packing/preservation and data recording and entry
  • The candidate will welcome and orient visitors including youth, seniors and special needs audiences
  • They will assist with community workshops and educational programming, as well online communications, website upgrades and information booths at community events.
  • A high fitness level, positive attitude and excellent communication skills are essential requirements.
  • Communications and leadership are core skills.

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TERM: Start date is Monday, July 8. This posting is for an 8 week duration until Saturday, August 31st.
WAGE: $16 per hour. Additional compensations include fresh food weekly from surplus.
HOURS: 30 hours per week


Please submit a resume and cover letter to:

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