Looking to Hire Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant (Summer Student)

Position: Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant (Summer Student)

Organization: By the Bushel Community Food Co-operative


Location: Peterborough, ON

Duration: 30hrs/week for 7 weeks (May 23 – July 7th, 2017)

Hourly Wage: $12.9/hr (3-4 days/week, including the possibility of working some evenings and weekends)


By the Bushel (BTB) Community Food Co-operative was formed in the spring of 2009 following two years of community discussions regarding the need to move toward a more sustainable food system in the Peterborough area. BTB operates as a producer/employee/consumer (multi-stakeholder) not-for-profit co-operative. Currently, BTB offers local, ecologically grown baskets of produce weekly in the spring and summer and monthly in the winter.


We are seeking a summer student to fill our Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant position who will work directly with the Co-op Operations Coordinator and contribute to the organization and facilitation of By the Bushel’s weekly summer produce basket pick-up.  These tasks include receiving, sorting and displaying produce, customer service, sales and working with Quick books and other office inventory and ordering systems.  They will also provide ongoing support in the areas of marketing, outreach, education and communications such as newsletters, social media and website blogs and posts. They will also gain experience working with our website to keep it up today and content relevant.  The student will act as a co-op representative during co-op and community events, presentations, conferences, etc.


This position was created by Canada Summer Jobs and applicants must meet the following criteria:



  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year at a postsecondary institution and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Priority will be given to hiring a qualified Aboriginal student.


Job Duties

The Co-op Operations Coordinator Assistant will be responsible for carrying out the following activities:

  • Contribute to the organization and facilitation of BTB’s weekly summer produce basket pick-up (Thursdays and Fridays) including:
    • Assisting with developing weekly basket newsletters
    • Receiving and verifying producer deliveries
    • Organizing all produce in accordance with that week’s basket contents
    • Merchandising and organizing orders of other farm products as needed
    • Facilitating basket payments and additional sales
    • Other duties as necessary
  • Provide ongoing support to the Co-op’s Operations Coordinator with research, marketing, communications, outreach, education, and other initiatives that would support the growth of the co-op, including:
    • Creating co-op information and content for our newsletter, website, social media, and marketing and advertising platforms (including photographs and written content)
    • Planning and implementing of co-op and community events, workshops, etc. including our Annual General Meeting
    • Provide research assistance for the scaling-up of our co-operative enterprise.
  • Act as a co-op representative during co-op and community events and presentations.
  • Assist with the coordination of co-op volunteers.
  • Provide ongoing support to the BTB staff for additional activities as necessary



  • Studying food systems, sustainable agriculture, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, sustainability studies, communications, business, non-for-profit management or another relevant field
  • Passionate about sustainable food and familiarity and interest in the co-operative model
  • Retail food and food handling experience would be an asset
  • Research experience would be an asset.
  • Preferred experience in one or more of the following areas: marketing/sales, communications and/or events planning.
  • Computer skills, and experience working with Microsoft programs, website and social media experience, graphic design, photography, video and/or other media background would be an asset
  • Ability to engage in physically demanding work
  • Self-starter/self-motivated
  • Ability to multi-task and able to readily adapt to changing needs and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or in small team environments
  • Willing and able to work from multiple sites including their own and others’ home offices, the produce basket pick up location, event, and farm sites
  • Full G license and access to a vehicle would be an asset


How to Apply:

Interested applicants are asked to email their cover letter and resume to no later than Sunday, May 14th at 5 pm with the subject line “Co-op Operations Assistant.”

Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.