Cow-op Summer Student Job Posting

The Cow-op.ca online market is seeking a student/young person between ages of 15-30 to come and work with our team for the summer as our Online Farmers' Market Assistant!

Visit the Young Canada Works posting here.

Cow-Op.ca Online Farmers’ Market Assistant – Job description

Under the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works program, the Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace is on the hunt for a market assistant to help with the daily operations of its online local food marketplace, www.cow-op.ca. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who believes in local food sustainability and accessibility and is an ideal position for a post-secondary school student studying environmental studies, global studies, food security, tourism, landscaping, permaculture, horticulture, agriculture, community development, sales and marketing, or event planning.

About the CVCM

The Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace (CVCM) is a not-for-profit Community Services Co-operative guided by a board of members made up of local farmers and food processors to develop collective initiatives addressing local food security and farm viability in the Cowichan Region. The Cow-op.ca, an initiative of the CVCM, is a partnership with Cowichan Green Community, and allows local food lovers to shop direct from local Cowichan farms and other food producers online every week. We service customers in both the Duncan and Victoria areas.

Reporting to the Market Manager and CVCM Board of Directors, the market assistant plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the Cow-op.ca online marketplace.

A. Job Duties

1. Producer/Member/Customer Web Training and Support

  • Assist Market Manager to provide initial training and ongoing support to producers and customers on how to use Cow-op.ca
  • Assist Market Manager to ensure all new producers complete and maintain their online listing page and inventory is up to date each order cycle.

2. Communications and Promotion

  • Represent the CVCM and Cow-op.ca at special events, building positive community relations and recruiting new customers to the market
  • Visit restaurants, local businesses in both Duncan and Victoria and other wholesale purchasers to introduce them to the website and develop partnerships between the co-operative and buyers
  • Communicate respectfully with producers, purchasers, board members, sponsors, and other community groups
  • Respond positively to ad hoc media inquiries about Cow-op.ca
  • Respond to CVCM and Cow-op.ca inquiries in a timely manner
  • Working with the Market Manager, develop and implement a promotions program for the Cow-op.ca which includes:
  1. Develop flyers, posters and signage to promote the Cow-op.ca
  2. Assist with media stories on Cow-op.ca using innovative techniques
  3. Maintain an active and engaging social media presence
  4. Generate a weekly customer newsletter/shop reminder
  5. Staff an information booth and hand out flyers at local events, markets etc. (may require weekend work)

3. Market Day

On Market Day, receive farm orders during drop-off hours, pack, store, and record properly
Assist with the customer pick ups in the afternoon

4. Additional Office/Landscaping work with our partner organization Cowichan Green Community

This may include helping on our FruitSave fruit gleaning program, our CERES Edible landscaping team and prepping for our kids camp cooking classes in June and July.

B. Education and Technical Requirements

  • Current Foodsafe and/or Marketsafe certification, or a willingness to obtain as a condition of being hired
  • Ability to lift approximately 50lbs
  • Interest and passion for local food sustainability and farm viability
  • Able to communicate well, both written and orally, with a variety of groups
  • Attention to detail, time management and organizational skills are critical
  • Strong computer skills, including familiarity with social media and website maintenance

knowledge of design software like the Adobe Creative Suite is an asset.

C. Eligibility

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment;
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment;
  • have not previously participated in a summer work experience program; and
  • must travel at least 125 kilometres from their permanent residence to their job site 

D. Time Commitment

This is a full-time position for 14 weeks between May and August with a commitment of 35 hours per week. The position runs Monday to Friday but may require occasional weekend work at special events.

E. Rate of Pay

Summer student wage = $16/hr (plus $1.35/hr relocation bonus if eligible)

F. How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter via email to:

Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace
c/o Heather Kaye, Market Manager
360 Duncan St, Duncan, BC V9L 3W4
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Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and be required to present work-related references at that time.