Entrepreneur Coordinator 2018

Location: Montreal, Quebec

We are seeking someone with entrepreneurial ideas and energy for working with plants, young people and social media. The farm team (Farm Director, Farm Educator, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, and Farm Apprentice) works together throughout the year to run the farm and deliver meaningful environmental programming. The Entrepreneurship Coordinator will focus on developing the entrepreneurial side of our program, especially developing our farm-grown, youth-run pesto business, managing our internet presence and helping our participants develop their entrepreneurial spirit. In addition, you will learn to help run the farm (seeding, wheelbarrowing, watering, weeding, putting up fences, greenhouse work etc.). Our goal is for the youth from our camp to turn this project (with your guidance)  into a successful business that meets the triple bottom line: benefiting our communities, our environment, and making a healthy profit!

Work during May and June will involve developing a business and social media plan for the entrepreneurial side of the farm as well as a significant amount of spring preparation farm work. During the main camp season (June 23 - Aug 18) the workload will shift towards helping youth learn about the multiple aspects of running the farm businesses, delivering programming to campers 5-13 years old, and summer camp supervision duties. After the main camp season, focus will shift towards bringing produce to markets and continuing the production and sales of pesto in the city. Availability after Aug. 18 is flexible as full-time or part-time.

 

 

Contract Details: 19 weeks (Main season) plus part time in the fall

Start date: April 30, 2018

End date: August 31, 2018 with flexibility in September/October to be decided

*five days off may be taken during the contract. To be negotiated between Farm Educators and acting supervisors.

 

Responsibilities:

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Farm Director to develop the CAMPesto brand (jars, labelling, mentoring, production, marketing etc.) to increase sales and increase the impact with young entrepreneurs
  • Structuring entrepreneurial projects to facilitate working with youth of different ages (10-15 years old), teaching (or learning together) the multiple facets of growing and processing food and running a business.
  • Working with the rest of the farm team to grow food (building greenhouses, seeding, weeding, harvesting, transplanting, composting etc.)
  • Working with the rest of the team in delivering environmental programming to youth from 5-13 years old
  • Managing our Young Roots Farm social media presence (FB, IG, etc.) to help us realise our goals
  • Working with the Farm Director to manage our weekly vegetable basket pick-up
  • Researching and developing other marketable products to increase our revenues
  • Assisting in other aspects of camp life (carnival days, evening program, keeping the peace in the dining hall).
  • Coordinating and working markets after summer camp season to sell pesto and other produce in Montreal (flexible upon availability).

Objective:

To provide underprivileged children with a happy, outdoor holiday where

campers can build self-esteem, develop positive relationships and learn valuable life skills in a context that promotes group learning and nurtures each child individually.

 

Skills:

We are seeking candidates with:

 

  • A passion for food, working with children and youth, and social entrepreneurship.
  • A facility with social media and marketing.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and sensitivity for working with children from different backgrounds.
  • Adaptability to the fluid demands of farming and working with youth.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Good business and entrepreneurial instincts.
  • Ability to work in physically demanding conditions (rain, cold, bugs).
  • Ability to deal with rustic living conditions.
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in French also an asset.
  • A valid Quebec drivers license is an asset.

 

We encourage applicants from underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply.

 

A stipend of $250/week, room and board, and transport to Grenville-sur-la-rouge weekly will be provided for the spring season (April 29 - June 23nd). The standard camp salary will apply for the camp season ($1800-$2200 depending on experience) (June 23 - August 18). Pay for subsequent work after August 18 depend on availability.

 

 

Supervisor/ Evaluated by:

Acting Supervisors: Farm Director and Camp Director, Camp Amy Molson