We are looking for enthusiastic people (age 15 – 30) to join our team for the following full-time positions: Sustainability Coordinator, AgroForester and Northern Agriculture Environment Coordinator.
This is part of an adapted work program where employees can live on-site at the farm campus and will also travel home to their own community where they will have projects to complete based on their training.
Sustainability Coordinator (2 positions)
The Northern Farm Training Institute is looking for motivated individuals age 15-30 for our Sustainability Coordinator internship who want to gain hands-on experience working alongside our team to build skills in science and technology that address Climate Change and local sustainability infrastructure for northern communities. The Sustainability Coordinator will be supported by the other NFTI staff and volunteers and have mentorship opportunities under experts. This is a full-time position, with the option for onsite accommodations and a start date as soon as possible.
The Job Duties will include:
– Waste collection (food waste, paper products, etc.);
– Managing waste repurposing technologies such as shredders, boilers and a compost facility;
– Assisting with training other staff / volunteers;
– Tracking data; and,
– Communication with partners and the public, including representing NFTI at public events.
AgroForester (1 position)
The Northern Farm Training Institute is looking for motivated individuals age 15-30 for our AgroForestry internship who is interested in a hands-on experience working alongside our team to build skills regenerative agriculture as a part of NFTI’s Climate Change adaptation programs. The AgroForester will be supported by the other NFTI staff and volunteers and have mentorship opportunities under experts. This is a full-time position, with the option for onsite accommodations and a possible start date of September 1st, 2020.
The Job Duties will include:
– Shepherding livestock into the forest
– Clearing small trees and branches with the use of some power tools and chainsaw
– Ecological monitoring in the fields and forest.
Northern Agriculture Environment Coordinator (1 position)
The Northern Agriculture Environment Coordinator will monitor the environmental programs at the Northern Farm Training Institute, collect and analyze the data and communicate it to staff, other northern farmers and the public. This job will involve an understanding of ecosystem processes, landscape ecology, animal impact and management, composting science and management, and other climate change adaptations for northern farming such as water, erosion and fertilizer management. This will have a very positive impact on the environment because of the promotion of the positive practices conducted on the farm campus which will inspire and teach other people to adopt these practices and exponentially improve the North’s adaptation to climate change. Mentoring others in environmental farm practices will also increase local food production which decreases the environmental cost of food shipped into northern communities and will also mitigate adverse effects from conventional farming models (using chemicals and feed lots, etc.).
– Managing compost facility including monitoring active / curing phases, leachate collection and final compost analyzing
– Supervising waste collection and processing
– Supervising ecological monitoring from agroforestry programs
– Promoting local food purchasing and use to the public
– Researching and implementing new climate change adaptation practices around the farm campus
– Updating website best practices resources, newsletters, instructional videos and social media management for communicating results and mentoring others
– Providing consultation for other northern farmers interested in ecological farming
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
– Be a self-motivated individual with initiative;
– Have an interest in learning about environmental sustainability and associated technologies;
– Ability to work well with others on various tasks and duties;
– Be willing to work in multiple departments and/or multiple projects at any given time;
– Ability to research and organize information for projects;
– Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Drive preferred;
– Physically able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions in a fast-paced environment;
– Experience using tools including a chainsaw and quad / skidoo preferred
– Drivers license preferred; and,
– Subject to criminal records check.
Apply for the position by sending a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) is a non-profit society created by local Métis and northern farming expert, Jackie Milne, in 2013. The Institute operates on a 260-acre campus in Hay River, Northwest Territories and provides immersive farm training to underrepresented groups (Indigenous communities, women, youth/senior) in Agriculture and food production, in particular.
We are a holistic farm and educational centre to genuinely empower people to transform their lives. We support a vibrant regenerative landscape while building productive local farms and thriving healthy communities.
These jobs are funded through ECO Canada Green Jobs (Natural Resources Canada): https://www.eco.ca/