22 May 2024

BC Seed Security Program Assistant

  • FarmFolk CityFolk
  • North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
  • Job ID : 154957
  • Category : Agriculture
  • Job Type : Part-Time
  • Salary : $23 Hourly
  • Anticipated Start Date : 2024-06-24
  • Posting Date : 22 May 2024
  • Expiry Date : 21 Jun 2024


Job Opportunity

Position: BC Seed Security Program Assistant

Organization: FarmFolk CityFolk

Location: (Primarily) FarmFolk CityFolk’s Vancouver Island seed farm hub site at the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, North Saanich, Capital Region

About Us

FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is a not-for-profit society connecting, empowering, and inspiring people to strengthen BC’s sustainable food systems. We develop, operate, and act as a catalyst for projects that support access to and production of local, sustainable food; support local growers and producers; provide access to and protection of farmland; and connect, educate, and celebrate with communities across BC. Since 1993, FFCF has been a leader in local food and sustainable agriculture working with business, NGO partners, government, universities, and the public to achieve our mandate.

Position Summary

Reporting to the BC Seed Security Program Manager, FFCF is seeking a knowledgeable and skilled person to assist our BC Seed Security Program team. This program is delivered partly in partnership with SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) Canadian field program, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security (BFICSS).  The role is to help support on-farm research and seed conservation and plant breeding, and to engage the public in seed growing and saving.  


Assisting  the delivery of the Seed Security programming, may include, but is not limited to:

  • Working at the field site at Sandown Farm at 1810 Glamorgan Rd, North Saanich.  This will include farm work: planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, and record keeping

  • Possibly support farmer and community member use of our Mobile Seed Trailer

  • Assist at on-farm and off-farm training events for farmers, including field days, workshops, and webinars

  • Communicate effectively about the society and programming 

  • Supporting the wide range of BC Seeds initiatives, including Citizen Seed Trial, Public Seed events, and other FarmFolk CityFolk program related initiatives.

  • Keep organized and thorough operational records of program data, results, contacts, and operational details

Hiring Requirements

  • Farming experience a strong asset

  • Construction/building skills and experience an asset

  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience/willingness to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to tow a trailer is an asset

  • Physical mobility, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting, rock picking and digging

  • Familiar with word-processing, wordpress websites, GSuite, and email and access to a computer an asset 


The position is dependent on partial funding through a subsidy program, which requires the candidate to be:

  • 30 years of age or under

  • Unemployed, a student, or underemployed

  • A Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident


Please indicate your eligibility clearly in your cover letter.

Optionally, you may note if you are a youth facing barriers such as those listed here.

Role details

Application deadline: June 7, 2024

Start date: June 24, 2024

End Date: December 15, 2024 with the possibility of extension


There is flexibility with this position and part-time hours could range from 7-21 hours per week based on finding the right candidate and pending funding. The timing of hours can be flexible based on tasks required.


Wage is $23-$25/ hour plus 4% vacation pay.


The role is based primarily at the Sandown Farm site, and is suitable for someone who lives nearby and/or can easily get there.  Some work may be done from home.

FFCF is an equal opportunity organization and encourages women, Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQ+, and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.



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How to Apply

To Apply

In order to apply, email David Catzel, BC Seed Program Manager at bcseeds@farmfolkcityfolk.ca



  • use the subject line ‘BC Seed Program Assistant’

  • send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume 

  • alternatively, a link to a video or audio file would be accepted in lieu of a cover letter

  • use the file name ‘BC Seeds -  First Name Last Name’


We thank all applicants for their interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

Job Categories: Agriculture. Job Types: Part-Time. Job expires in 9 days.

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