Project Coordinator - Food Security Program Development

Position Information

Projected Start Date
May 4, 2020

Projected End Date
August 28, 2020

Company Information

Ecotrust North Coast Innovation Lab

Alexie Stephens

Contact Email

Job Posting Information

Position Title
Project Coordinator

4 months, 35 hours/week

Rate of Pay

Job Posting Information

The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.

Food Security Project Coordinator

The first iteration of the Food Security project with the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society’s Rupert Lawn & Garden saw underutilized greenhouse space used to grow produce for distribution among Nisga’a membership. Building on the successes of phase one, while continuing to explore food-related projects, events and activities around food production, literacy and security, the Society is looking to set up a demonstration garden space in a visible part of downtown Prince Rupert.

The Food Security Project Coordinator will design and construct a demonstration garden, co-create food security and literacy social programming, and work with Prince Rupert’s Nisga’a population in all stages and aspects of the garden (planning, planting, maintenance, harvesting, etc.).

The Coordinator will conduct research and work with local organizations to better understand the challenges of food insecurity and food literacy in Prince Rupert, while also looking to best practices and case studies of similar gardens in other communities. With this information, the Coordinator will advise the Society on how to address those challenges through food-related programs, projects and partnerships, working collaboratively to design a Food Security Social Program.

Activities and Deliverables

  • Using the learnings from Phase one of the Food Security Project, design and implement curriculum and programming intended to teach and coach Nisga’a membership, and the broader community, to cultivate their own food gardens.
  • Actively engaging Nisga’a membership in garden activities and events throughout the course of the project term through volunteer opportunities.
  • Identify, consult and engage with key community knowledge holders, partners and stakeholders (such as non-profits and local First Nations) on the development of the display garden and social programming.
  • Develop and deliver a range of food production, garden maintenance and food preservation programs, courses, and workshops (including a demonstration garden).
  • Produce a continuity plan for the demonstration garden.
  • Work collaboratively with the Society to advance understanding of food security, food literacy and other nutritional challenges in Prince Rupert.
  • Apply social innovation tools to map and communicate knowledge of food security and food literacy
  • Convene and facilitate 1+ project specific gathering(s), events, or activities in the community around local food production, food security, and/or food preservation and processing (Including one gathering catered to youth).
  • Co-facilitate and present at 1-2 community gatherings to share project updates and community-based research findings, with relevant stakeholders and the community at large.

Desired Skills and Capabilities

  • You’re a strong relationship-builder, and you know how to listen to the needs of others – across cultures and perspectives – and frame opportunities around them.
  • You are entrepreneurial-minded, and have interest and/or experience in engagement, business planning, and dreaming up projects and seeing them through to completion
  • You are aware and concerned about issues facing low-income people; particularly around food security, nutrition, and food sovereignty. You think the economy is something that should work for people, and you want to contribute your skills and talent to making that happen.
  • You are passionate about advancing reconciliation and supporting social and economic opportunities for First Nations people, while learning about their culture and history.
  • You are innovative, creative and open to new approaches to problem solving, evaluation, and collaboration. You’re constantly learning and applying those learnings to the next iteration of ideas and projects.
  • You have a working knowledge of small scale food production, preservation and food literacy
  • You have successfully obtained your Class 5 Driver’s License (recommended)
  • You can work within a developing project, showing good judgement and initiative, and as part of a greater team.
  • You understand the innovative and experiential nature of this project, and are able to adapt the project goals and outcomes based on learnings, resources, and capacity.
  • You are excited to experience and embrace the rural, coastal life in Prince Rupert!

How to Apply
Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Alexie Stephens at by Sunday March 8th at midnight PT. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. We thank all applicants, however, we will only be contacting those who are successful for interviews.

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