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Join our Volunteer Team

We have three exciting roles available for interested volunteers:


  • Local Food Liaison,

  • Community Engagement Liaison,

  • Biochar Assistant

Overview:


Our organization is transitioning to Sociocracy to govern and manage our work and projects. Each new member of our team will be placed in a working circle of peers. Circles are organized to provide maximum communication, efficiency, and autonomy amongst all members of the organization. If you’d like to learn more about this governance model you can visit Sociocracy For All. An introductory session to the main concepts and practices of sociocracy will be provided to each of our staff and volunteers as part of orientation.


The SSI Farmland Trust has been instrumental in various local projects over the past decade, including the development of The Root food hub, and the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm, and the local abattoir. Our goal is to empower locals with access, knowledge, and space to sustainably feed themselves, their families, and their neighbors. Now, we're seeking to expand our reach and engage our community through three dynamic volunteer roles


Benefits: 

  • Free attendance to any workshop or educational series where you are collecting documentation and creating content for platforms. 30% of all classes you attend as a participant. 

  • One free rental of the apple press or dehydrators annually. Additional rental time 30% off

How to apply:

If you are passionate about agriculture and making a difference, please submit your resume and a cover letter describing in a few sentences how you see yourself contributing to food security on Salt Spring Island. Please indicate which role you are applying for and include the cover letter and resume as one PDF.


Applications can be sent to info@ssifarmlandtrust.org


Applications will be accepted until February 27, 2024.


Role 1:


Local Food Liaison


Position Title: Local Food Liaison 


Organization: Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust (FLT)

Location: 189 Beddis Road. Remote working position with periodic in person meetings as needed. Option to work in the office available. 


Commitment: 20 hours/month


Duration: 4-12 month commitment 


Responsibilities: 

We are looking for folks who want to be the face of the Farmland Trust by going out and interacting with our community. Are you excited about meeting with people, finding out their story, and sharing it with the world? This role will be focused on developing content about our local Farming Community. This will include conducting interviews, and then generating articles, short videos etc. to be promoted through our channels. You will have the opportunity to contribute your ideas and creativity in various formats, with support and feedback from the other members of the Marketing Circle. This is a great position for someone who is keen to get to know our agricultural community in a deep way, and find inspirational ways to share what you learn, with the goal of enhancing the relationship between farmers and the broader SSI community.


Content Creation:

  • With direction from the Marketing Manager, generate compelling and relevant content for various marketing channels, including social media, website, and newsletters.

  • Coordinate with team members to gather stories, testimonials, and other content to showcase our impact.

  • Attending FLT events to document through photos, synthesize the day including relevant talking points, testimonials from participants, new connections etc. 


Social Media Management:

  • Assist in managing and curating content for our social media platforms.

  • Engage with our online community, responding to comments and messages


Campaign Support:

  • Contribute to the planning and execution of marketing campaigns to promote events, fundraisers, and organizational initiatives.

  • Assist in monitoring and analyzing campaign performance.

  • Assisting with monthly booth at farmers market to promote events and collaborations 

Graphic Design:

  • Create visually appealing graphics for social media posts, event promotions, and other marketing materials.

  • Work closely with the marketing team to ensure brand consistency.

Qualifications:

  • Desire to interface 1 on 1 with members of the agricultural community

  • Some knowledge of social media platforms 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively 

  • Ability to synthesize and present  content into different formats 


Role 2:


Community Engagement Liaison 


Position Title: Community Engagement Liaison 


Organization: Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust (FLT)


Location: 189 Beddis Road. Remote working position with periodic in person meetings as needed. Option to work in the office available. 


Commitment: 20 hours/month


Duration: 4-12 month commitment 


Working Circle: Marketing Circle


Responsibilities: 

We are looking for folks who want to be the face of the Farmland Trust by interacting directly with the community. Are you excited about meeting with people, finding out their story, and sharing it with the world? This role will be focused on developing content about businesses, partners and participants of our local food ecosystem. This will include conducting interviews, and then generating articles, short videos etc. to be promoted through our channels. You will have the opportunity to contribute your ideas and creativity in various formats, with support and feedback from the other members of the Marketing Circle. This is a great position from someone who is keen to get to know our agricultural community in a deep way, and find inspirational ways to share what you learn, with the goal of enhancing relationships between food business and partners and the broader SSI community. 


Content Creation:

  • With direction from the Marketing Manager, generate compelling and relevant content for various marketing channels, including social media, website, and newsletters.

  • Coordinate with team members to gather stories, testimonials, and other content to showcase our impact.

  • Outreach to community partners who participate in our local food ecosystem. 

  • Attending FLT events to document through photos, synthesize the day including relevant talking posts, testimonials from participants, new connections etc. 


Social Media Management:


Campaign Support:

  • Contribute to the planning and execution of marketing campaigns to promote events, fundraisers, and organizational initiatives.

  • Assist in monitoring and analyzing campaign performance.

  • Assisting with monthly booth at farmers market to promote events and collaborations 

Graphic Design:

  • Create visually appealing graphics for social media posts, event promotions, and other marketing materials.

  • Work closely with the team to ensure brand consistency.


Qualifications:

  • Desire to interface 1 on 1 with members of the agricultural community

  • Some knowledge of social media platforms 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively 

  • Ability to synthesize and present  content into different formats 


Role 3:


Biochar Workshop Assistant


Position Title: Biochar Workshop Assistant 


Organization: Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust (FLT)


Location: 189 Beddis Road


Commitment: 10 hours/month, volunteer


Duration: 4 months


Working Circle: Biochar Circle


Responsibilities:

The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Biochar Workshop Assistant to join our team. This is a unique opportunity for someone to learn the art of biochar in a mentor- mentee fashion, while making a positive impact on the community. As a Biochar Workshop Assistant you will aid the Biochar Workshop Facilitator to obtain and organize material, ensure the successful implementation of the burn, and coordinate distribution of biochar if necessary. 


Collecting Material For Burning

  • Collect Material for Biochar Burn

  • Pick up locations will be determined by liaising with the marketing manager and through periodic call- outs to the community 

  • Material for pick-up will include windfalls, prunings, and even left over untreated lumber, whatever is available for donation

  • Deliveries will be made either to the Root or Burgoyne Valley Community Farm

  • Once material is collected it needs to be sorted, and some branches will need cutting using either a handsaw, electric saw, or chainsaw

Assisting in the Biochar Burn:

  • Under the supervision of a workshop facilitator, you will help load wood into the fire, occasionally turning each layer as the bed of coal develops

  • Answer participants questions around different techniques, benefits, and applications of biochar; to assist in the educational experience 

  • Assisting in food preparation, whereby usually a soup is made from the hot coals, an essential aspect to the communal nature of fire

Distribute Biochar:

  • Bagging up biochar to either be given to participants, distributed to the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm, or used as a fundraiser for the SSI Farmland Trust

Qualifications:

  • Desire to liaise with the community around material pick up and drop off  

  • Dedication to soil building and being outdoors 

  • Excellent communication skills and desire to share knowledge 

  • Proficiency using handsaws, electric saws, or chainsaws

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment

  • Reliable pick- up truck an asset but not required

We look forward to hearing from interested candidates. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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