Volunteer Opportunities

Writer / Storyteller

Passionate about food and concerned about Canada’s food supply and food security? We are seeking volunteer writers / storytellers to work virtually to help us get the word out. Great opportunity for students or new grads!

Farmwork to Feed Canada is current seeking a number of writers (student, new graduates and seasoned professionals) to volunteer as members of our ‘news team’ that is made up of communications professionals from across Canada.

Team members identify trending news, and research and write stories for the Farmwork to Feed Canada blog and its social sites as well as for agriculture and agri-food trade publications and our partners. Members of this team also have opportunities to write news releases, conduct interviews, and develop media pitches.

Candidates should have excellent writing skills, possess an understanding of communications planning and the importance of aligning content with the achievement of communications objectives, as well as best practices to engage audiences on social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin. Familiarity with newsgathering platforms, WordPress, Google Analytics, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Teams is helpful. Bilingualism would be an asset.

For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca

Digital Media Specialist

Farmwork to Feed Canada is currently seeking several experienced Digital Media Specialists who are comfortable engaging online on all four social channels – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Experience using Hootsuite or Publer for schedule social media content would be a strong asset.

Working in collaboration with Farmwork to Feed Canada design specialists and storytellers, our Digital Media Specialists plan, craft, schedule and publish content on our social sites – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin – to build followership, engagement, and influence.

Digital Media Specialists will also monitor and respond to comments / messages on social media and produce regular metrics reports using Google Analytics and other tools.

Level of Commitment

  • Remote work, home-based, 3-4 hours / week
  • Participation in a weekly team call required

Qualifications

  • Experience engaging online with all four social channels – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Candidates should have excellent communication skills in order to match the tone of our social engagement
  • Experience with Hootsuite or Publer is a strong asset
  • Familiarity with SEO and Google Analytics is an asset.
  • Bilingualism is also an asset

To Apply
For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca

Volunteer Coordinator with HR and Communications Background

Passionate about food and concerned about Canada’s food supply and food security? 

We are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to help us source, interview and onboard volunteers to help us get the word out about pandemic-related challenges to Canada’s food supply and food security. 

As a volunteer organization, the success of Farmwork to Feed Canada is dependent on being able to attract talented and dedicated volunteers to carry out our mission.

To ensure we have the resources we need, we are seeking an enthusiastic Volunteer Coordinator with a background in human resources and communications who will work actively to recruit and onboard volunteer writers, digital media specialists, graphic designers and others. 

Responsibilities include collaborating with team leads to determine their needs, advertising volunteer positions on job boards and via email, contacting colleges and universities and building relationships with PR, communications, digital design and journalism program managers, interviewing candidates, registering new volunteers on Microsoft Teams, maintaining the volunteer database, and other administrative tasks. 

Level of Commitment

  • Remote work, home-based, 3-4 hours / week 
  • Bi-monthly participation in a team call 

Qualifications

  • Experience in Human Resources, ideally with some background or knowledge about Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or Digital Design and Marketing
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to motivate and inspire volunteers.
  • Computer skills. Familiarity with Microsoft Teams is an asset.
  • Organizational abilities.
  • Networking skills. Familiarity with public relations / communications / journalism educational institutions and associations will be an asset.

To Apply

For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca

Graphic Designer

Passionate about food and concerned about Canada’s food supply and food security? 

Farmwork to Feed Canada is currently seeking junior, intermediate and senior Graphic Designers for our Digital Team which is made up of talented individuals from across Canada.

Our graphic designers create graphics for the F2FC website, blog posts and social media posts.

Qualifications

  • Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and/or other common design and layout applications. NOTE: Must have own software / graphic design programs.
  • Experience with shooting and editing video is an asset.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to work to deadlines
  • Able to work independently as well as in partnership with other volunteers

Level of Commitment

  • Remote work, home-based, 8 hours / week
  • Participation in a weekly team call required

To Apply

For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca

Digital Team Lead

We are looking for a Digital Team Lead who will oversee our Digital Team. He/She will be responsible for overseeing the three digital pods in the digital team (Strategy, Digital Infrastructure, Content).

Your Role & How You’ll Make an Impact:

  • Strategy: Strategy development and continuous improvement of robust cross-media marketing programs that include, but are not limited to, social media management, content creation, and blog posting about our F2FC content
  • Content Creation: Assist in developing cohesive, relevant, and engaging content for the Farmwork to Feed Canada social media channels (static images, infographics, videos, blog content, etc.) that encourage engagement, increase brand awareness, and drive traffic to the website
  • Digital Infrastructure: Assist our Team Leads on Digital Infrastructure on the website and blog content for Farmwork to Feed Canada
  • Influencer Marketing: Build and nurture relationships with our partners to ensure smooth and successful execution of all campaigns
  • Reporting: Own weekly and monthly reporting for all campaigns, providing actionable insights for consistent growth
  • Weekly Digital Meeting: Develop an agenda that provides information about our current campaigns and reports to each pod in the Digital Team, and provide updates to the Digital Leads about what has been going on
  • Other: Assist on the backend on Microsoft teams with our supported documents, as well as our SEO campaigns

Who You Are:

  • Eager to learn and grow, you likely have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to drive ROI through strategic digital campaigns
  • “No task is too small” attitude
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong understanding of Google Analytics (bonus points if you’re certified!)
  • Strong understanding of and experience using Excel
  • Experience with the following platforms will be considered an asset: Facebook Business Manager, Hootsuite, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience using Microsoft Teams and Zoom
  • Ability to adapt to and manage changing priorities independently in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment without missing critical deadlines
  • Thorough knowledge of social media platforms and best practices
  • Constantly learning and on the hunt for new and innovative strategies

To Apply

For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca

Mid-Level or Senior Editor / Coach

Working virtually, our mid-level and senior editors review articles written by our junior to intermediate
volunteer writers and provide proofreading, to correct spelling and punctuation, or coaching, to
improve the structure and clarity of articles that will appear on the Farmwork to Feed website or in
industry publications.

Serving as a senior editor for Farmwork to Feed Canada is a rewarding experience. It provides a great
opportunity for seasoned communications professionals to pass on their knowledge and provide
valuable coaching / mentoring to junior writers while they work to gain some much-needed, real-world
experience during this pandemic.

Level of Commitment
Our senior editors generally edit and ensure quality control of one or two articles a week written by
our team of writers. Time commitment – 3-4 hours a week plus one Storyteller Team Zoom call once
per month and occasional other group calls.

Qualifications

  • Proven editing and proofreading experience
  • Knowledge of writing techniques for web content
  • Experience coaching junior writers

To Apply
For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca.

Web Infrastructure Co-Lead

We are looking for a Web Infrastructure Co-Lead who will primarily support the security, operations, and development of our WordPress website. He/She will be responsible for continuing to develop an attractive, user-friendly website that meets the required design and security specifications.

Your Role and How You’ll Make an Impact:

  • Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices
  • Design and manage the website back-end including database and server integration
  • Safeguard information system assets by identifying and solving potential and actual security problems
  • Create the website layout/user interface by using standard HTML/CSS practices
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs
  • Create and maintain software documentation
  • Be responsible for maintaining, expanding, and scaling our site
  • Implementing measures to safeguard the website from malware attacks
  • Stay plugged into emerging technologies/industry trends and apply them into operations and activities
  • Cooperate with other web designers to match visual design intent

Who You Are:

  • A college diploma or bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technology or similar field
  • Proven experience as a WordPress Developer
  • In-depth knowledge of front-end technologies including CSS3, JavaScript, HTML5, and jQuery
  • Top-notch programming skills and code versioning tools
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following programming languages: PHP, ASP.NET, Javascript
  • A solid understanding of how web applications work including security, session management, and best development practices
  • Basic knowledge of Search Engine Optimization process
  • Aggressive problem diagnosis and creative problem-solving skills
  • Good understanding of website architecture and aesthetics
  • “No task is too small” attitude.

Level of Commitment:

  • This is a volunteer position, so the time commitment is flexible and will depend on the expertise of the candidate.
  • Generally speaking, our volunteers contribute 4-8 hours a week and participate in regular Zoom calls with team members.

To Apply:
For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca.

Multimedia Graphic Designer

Passionate about food and concerned about Canada’s food supply and food security?

Farmwork to Feed Canada is currently seeking junior, intermediate and senior Multimedia Graphic
Designers for our Digital Team made up of dedicated team members from across Canada.

Our multimedia graphic designers develop custom video, graphic art and multimedia material for
uploading to our website or social channels. The goal is to increase public awareness by expanding
Farmwork to Feed Canada’s multimedia and digital presence as part of the overall digital strategy and
communications plan.

Qualifications

  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Premiere, Photoshop) and/or other common
    design and layout applications.
  • Experience shooting footage and editing video for use on websites and social channels.
  • NOTE: Must have own video equipment, and graphic design and video editing programs.
  • Strong proofreading and detail-oriented skills.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to work to deadlines
  • Able to work independently as well as in partnership with other volunteers

Level of Commitment

  • Remote work, home-based, 8 hours / week
  • Participation in weekly team call required

To Apply
For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca.

WordPress Website Manager and Designer

Are you an expert in WordPress or someone with some knowledge of WordPress and a keen interest in developing your web design and web management skills? We’re looking for you!

We are seeking volunteer web designers and managers who will be responsible for maintaining and developing the Farmwork to Feed Canada website.

Duties:

  • Keep website content up to date and accurate
  • Upload content to the website such as blog posts, news articles, recipes, and other content as requested
  • Create new website pages; and review and edit existing web pages as needed
  • Maintain website layout, navigation, and visuals to ensure an optimal user experience
  • Liaise with SEO team to ensure website is optimized for search engines
  • Troubleshoot website issues

Qualifications:

  • Experience with WordPress or another CMS required
  • Knowledge of HTML an asset
  • Knowledge of SEO an asset
  • Bilingualism (French/English) an asset
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good attention to detail

Level of Commitment

  • Remote work, home-based, 7/8 hours per week
  • Participation in weekly team call required

How to Apply

For more information or to volunteer, please send your resume and a covering note via email to: volunteer@farmworktofeedcanada.ca

“Farmwork to Feed Canada was a great  opportunity to practice communication skills following
my practicum. I learned much more about the public relations field and Canada's farming
industry and I appreciated the encouragement and support I received. I felt valued volunteering
for F2FC.”

Claire Kroening

"As a new grad, my time with Farmwork to Feed Canada offered a unique and rewarding opportunity to quickly gain industry experience in digital marketing! The team is a great combination of new talent and seasoned professionals from all across Canada! I left my position with so much more confidence in my capabilities and more skills under my belt than I walked into it with."

Elyse Vander Ende

I am a senior level communications consultant based in Calgary but being semi-retired I have more time to volunteer. The issues and complexities F2FC deals with keep my brain active and I enjoy helping the students and new grads gain real world experience. Their enthusiasm and professionalism inspire me and also enable me to keep aware of the latest technologies. It’s a win-win.”

Andrea Collins

“Being surrounded by communications/PR professionals that have been in the industry for years is something you can’t put a price on. I encourage everyone, whether you are working or not, to take the opportunity to volunteer for F2FC and help out local agriculture/farming during the pandemic.”

Ashlan MacDonald

“I felt like a valued member of F2FC right from the  start.  I have been encouraged to take on projects in a number of different roles. These have included social media engagement, content  creation, communications strategy and corporate partnerships. The opportunity allowed me to build my resume and professional network.”

Vince Guglielmi