Market Manager & Youth Program Assistant 


About: 

LifeCycles is a charitable society working to cultivate community health by connecting people with the food they eat and the land it comes from. We support the region in growing, accessing and eating local food in ways that foster biodiversity and enhance our urban environment.

LifeCycles is seeking an energetic and creative summer staff person as a program assistant for our summer youth program. This is a Canada Summer Jobs position and is open to anyone who is age 30 or under.

SEED THE CITY is a program for high school students where they can gain experience in urban farming and gardening, earn credits towards graduation, explore career pathways in horticulture, and become part of the local food movement in their city. This program is a partnership between LifeCycles, TOPSOIL Innovative Urban Agriculture, and the Greater Victoria School District. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the planting, maintenance, and harvesting of two schoolyard micro-farm sites and facilitate youth involvement with support from the management team
  • Prepare and transport produce to a market stall once a week
  • Oversee market operations and involvement of youth in weekly produce sales
  • Diligently track farm yields and income
  • Assist Program Manager in preparing program materials and carrying out general logistics for program delivery including project administration, social media management, reporting, and evaluation
  • The position will require both outdoor and indoor work. Outdoors it will require the ability to lift 20-30 lbs as well as climb stairs, walk, kneel or squat, bend, and shovel. Indoors it will require sitting at a desk for several hours at a time.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience in gardening, farming, agriculture, horticulture or a similar field
  • Experience with managing and operating a stand at a farmer’s market or other retail experience, an asset
  • Well-organized, able to prioritize tasks, flexible to changing work schedules, and able to meet deadlines
  • Creative, self-confident, highly motivated, with great leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Experience working with youth and people from diverse backgrounds an asset
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Class 5 Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Current First Aid certification an asset
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Knowledge of digital tools (Zoom, Google Suite, Canva) and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) are beneficial, but not required
  • Awareness of food security issues and sustainability on Vancouver Island and in BC

Position details:

Start date: June 8, 2020  (flexible start date to June 22, if needed)

30 – 35 hours/week for 12 weeks, $17.00/hour

This position is dependent on funding from Canada  Summer Jobs.

All work will be conducted with adherence to current best COVID-19 safety practices.

Send applications by Thursday, May 28 to: info@lifecyclesproject.ca

Please email your application materials (resume and cover letter, ideally as one pdf) with the subject line: “Youth Program Assistant.” 

**Please include your last name in the filename(s) of your application materials.**

LifeCycles Project Society is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, people of Indigenous ancestry, people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SA+ individuals and members of other diverse communities to apply for careers with our organization. LifeCycles runs programs on unceded Coast Salish Territories, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples.

We thank everyone for their interest, but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.