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Support sustainable food systems learning and growing by joining our team. Opportunities at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm range from working in food cultivation and biodiversity, research support, managing educational programming, and supporting our markets and sales.

Job Opportunities

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm Staff Positions

No current openings.

Student Work Learn Positions

Applications for Summer 2021 are now up! We have positions working in the field, in research, in communications and more! Check out the positions and join our team. Please note: Summer Work Learn positions are listed at a minimum of 20 hours per week – some UBC Farm positions require a full time (35 hours per week) commitment!

Deadline to apply is March 28, 2021 for all Work Learn positions. Visit CareersOnline to apply.

Hoophouse Worker

The hoophouse worker will assist with a range of moderately complex field production and planning duties and responsibilities specifically associated with the management of hoophouse crops at the UBC Farm.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires in-person work.

Poultry Worker

The poultry worker is responsible for assisting with a range of duties associated with poultry care at the UBC Farm. These duties include assisting with: implementing a field rotation plan for the chickens; setting up field perimeter and paddock electric fencing; maintaining/cleaning chicken houses (i.e. roosting areas, nest boxes, etc.) and moving the houses into new paddocks periodically; animal husbandry and care abiding by the regulations as per SPCA and certified organic animal welfare standards.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires in-person work.

Vegetable Field Worker

This position is intended to be full-time (7 hours per day and 35 hours per week) during the summer cycle (May 1 to August 31, 2021). You will be compensated for the full-time hours you work, and we encourage you to apply if you are interested and are able to commit to working full-time over the course of the summer. The student, under the supervision of a Field Coordinator, will assist with a range of duties related to organic vegetable production at the UBC Farm. These duties include: cultivating, seeding and transplanting; implementing integrated pest management strategies; irrigating; weeding; harvesting and packaging crops for sale at the UBC Farm markets and other sales outlets.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires in-person work.

Cucurbits and Alliums Worker

This position is intended to be full-time (7 hours per day and 35 hours per week) during the summer cycle (May 1 to August 31, 2021). You will be compensated for the full-time hours you work, and we encourage you to apply if you are interested and are able to commit to working full-time over the course of the summer. The student, under the supervision of a Field Coordinator, will assist with a range of duties related specifically to cucurbit and allium crop production at the UBC Farm. These duties include: cultivating, seeding and transplanting; implementing integrated pest management strategies; irrigating; weeding; harvesting and packaging crops for sale at the UBC Farm markets and other sales outlets; and implementing proper curing and storage techniques for cucurbit and allium crops.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires in-person work.

Saturday Farmers’ Market Worker

The market worker supports operation and set-up/take-down of the Saturday Farmers’ Markets (including some preparation of market-day materials). Duties include attending the market info tent and its activities supporting and educating shoppers, farm visitors, and vendors; assisting with Saturday Farmers’ Market data collection (surveys with shoppers and vendors) as well as coding and analysis; working with the CSA & Market Manager and the CSFS/UBC Farm Communications Team to plan and oversee elements of the promotion of the Saturday Markets, mostly in the form of weekly recipe blogs and Instagram stories.

  • # of openings: 2
  • This position requires in-person work.

Market Sales Worker

The student, under the supervision of the UBC Farm Sales Manager, will be responsible for a range of routine tasks and duties. These tasks include: assisting with the set up of the UBC Farm cash register tills (i.e. counting initial floats for the weekly Saturday Multi-Vendor Farmers Markets and the Tuesday Evening Markets and/or the Wednesday Campus Markets, proper handling and storage of register tills before and after the markets according to UBC Farm financial policies and procedures, and programming the market iPads with updated weekly price and produce information); setting up the check out stands (including calibrating produce scales, setting up tents and tables); assisting with general cashiering and customer service duties.

  • # of openings: 3
  • This position requires in-person work.

Wholesale Assistant

The student, under the supervision of the UBC Farm Sales Manager, will be responsible for a range of moderately complex tasks related to wholesale/direct sales at the UBC Farm. These tasks include: assisting with communication and liaising with local chefs and wholesale account customers; receiving weekly produce orders; harvesting, processing and packing produce orders (ensuring that FOODSAFE requirements are satisfied, that the orders are complete and accurate, and that the produce in the orders is of the highest quality); delivering orders to wholesale customers (Driver’s License required); creating invoices for orders; and collecting and processing payments.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires in-person work.

CSA Program Worker

The student, under the supervision of the UBC Farm Sales Manager, will be responsible for routine duties and tasks associated with the UBC Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. These tasks include assisting the CSA Program Coordinator with distributing shares for the 160-member CSA; setting up and taking down the CSA pickup stand; responding to in-person member inquiries and requests; referring customer inquiries to the Sales Manager as needed; assisting with harvesting, processing and packaging produce to ensure proper quantities are available to fill CSA boxes at both Tuesday and Saturday pick-up windows.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires in-person work.

Practicum Program Assistant

The UBC Farm Practicum Work-Learn will support the UBC Farm team in the development and delivery of the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: coordination, assistance and delivery support of hands-on learning experiences; support of Practicum program, including support the development of new Practicum programming.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires both in-person and remote work.

Children’s Program Assistant

This position is intended to be full-time (35 hours per week) during the summer camps season (June to September, 2021). You will be compensated for the full-time hours you work, and we encourage you to apply if you are interested and are able to commit to working full-time over the course of the summer. The student will be responsible for helping to educate and instruct children (ages 6-11) participating in the FarmWonders Summer Day Camp Program as a Camp Leader by assisting with curriculum development and lesson planning, implementing the camp curriculum into the day-to-day programming and activities; helping to prepare and maintain the UBC Farm Children’s Education Garden beds; supervising and assisting camp participants with garden activities.

  • # of openings: 4
  • This position requires in-person work.

Communications Assistant

The Communications Assistant will prepare public facing information that represents the CSFS and its programs to students, faculty, staff and the general public, and, as such, the student’s quality of work is important for the overall reputation and impact of the CSFS. Job duties include graphic design, promotional campaigns, tracking and reporting, web editing, social media and newsletter management.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires remote work.

BC Food Web Science Communication Assistant

The BC Food Web science communication assistant’s udties include leading the development of plain-language research briefs based on the work of university researchers (i.e. translating technical information into easily understandable plain language); using the knowledge background gained in their courses to understand the technical research articles and reports they will be translating and contributing knowledge to the webinars and other materials they will help to develop; assisting in organizing and developing content for webinars to be hosted on BC Food Web; communicating with researchers, farmers, community organizations, and educators about their use of and contributions to the portal; assisting in the management of resources from outside UBC hosted on the portal; managing the social media content for the BC Food Web an quarterly newsletter creation.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires remote work.

LiteFarm Communications Associate

The LiteFarm Communications Associate will prepare public facing information that represents LiteFarm to it’s users, partners, investors, and the general public, and, as such, the student’s quality of work is important for the overall reputation and impact of the project. Job duties include graphic design, promotional campaigns, tracking and reporting, web editing, social media and newsletter management.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires remote work.

Academic Research Assistant

The Academic Research assistant assists with the development, implementation, and evaluation of research activities at the CSFS and at the UBC Farm; assists with the tracking and monitoring of new research projects and research outputs from the CSFS (i.e. requesting research internal updates to PIs); develops tools and promotional materials to promote the research carried out at the CSFS and the UBC Farm on diversified agriculture, food sustainability and environmental stewardship; participates in and supports the coordination of outreach events; supports new research proposals development.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires remote work.

Biodiversity Monitoring Research Assistant

The Biodiversity Monitoring Research Assistants will assist CSFS researchers in completing biodiversity monitoring at the UBC Farm for 2021. This program will allow researchers and farm staff to better understand how farm management affects agricultural biodiversity and related ecosystem services at the UBC Farm. This will be the third year of biodiversity monitoring at the farm, and will give the selected assistants broad experience in the establishment and running of a comprehensive biodiversity monitoring program.

  • # of openings: 2
  • This position requires both in-person and remote work.

Assistant for Farmer-Collaborative Vegetable Breeding

The project assistant, under the supervision of Solveig Hanson, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, will assist with a range of moderately complex duties and responsibilities associated with the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement (CANOVI) project at the UBC Farm. This project is directed at advancing crop selection and adaptation to organic systems across Canada, and involves a network of on-farm variety trails at farms across BC and other provinces, as well as variety trails and plant breeding at the UBC Farm.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires both in-person and remote work.

IHREG -Garden Coordinator at UBC Farm

The Garden Coordinator will provide support to the Indigenous Research Partnership Team. Tasks are mainly focused on activities and programs delivered from the garden, and facilitating interactions between faculty members, students, staff, and community members.

  • # of openings: 2
  • This position requires both in-person and remote work.

Water Monitoring-Sensors and Data Science Assistant

The student’s responsibilities include monitoring and maintaining a sensor system in place at the UBC farm; coordinating with farm staff to ensure the sensors don’t interfere with production; tracking the positions of each sensor; curating data storage; improving upon the system’s code if needed; adjusting hardware and sensor encasements (soldering, parts assembly); maintaining contact with the supervisor about progress and challenges; working outdoors at the UBC Farm and inside a laboratory.

  • # of openings: 1
  • This position requires both in-person and remote work.

Visit CareersOnline to apply.

For-Credit Career Development Placements

All UBC students may apply for positions, interview, and – once accepted – enrol in LFS 496. Gain upper-level credits while learning from experts in the food system. Students will gain invaluable, hands-on, professional and research experience with the various opportunities on offer. Find out more about the program.

Check back soon for summer 2021 positions.

Volunteer Program

Much of the great work that happens at the UBC Farm is made possible by the continued support of the farm’s dedicated volunteers. The UBC Farm volunteer program provides UBC students, staff, faculty members, and members of the wider community the chance to gain hands-on experience in many aspects of small-scale sustainable farming. Most volunteer opportunities are available during the main growing season (May-October).

Click the link below to sign up for March 2021 Volunteer Orientation sessions!

Find out how to get involved.
Please visit the UBC Careers website for general campus employment information.