Volunteer FruitSave Co-ordinator

 FruitSave-Web-Banner-2015Overview:

FruitSave is a local gleaning program that organizes volunteers to harvest backyard fruit that would otherwise go to waste. Community members can register their tree to be picked and/or volunteer as a picker. Harvested fruit will include varieties of apples, pears, plums, quince, cherries, and even a few nut trees. In order to facilitate the success of our FruitSave program CGC seeks a part-time volunteer Fruit-Save Co-ordinator to facilitate this year’s program. We are seeking a volunteer who can make a long-term commitment (minimum 5 months) and who can start as soon as June, 2018.

Position Description:

This position would entail organizing and managing our volunteer FruitSave pickers in conjunction with the treeowners who want CGC to come and harvest their fruit trees. The typical fruit sharing arrangement is split into three categories: 1/3 to the treeowner, 1/3 to the pickers, and 1/3 to CGC’s Food Recovery Team. The gleaned fruit will be distributed by the Food Recovery Team to emergency food service providers. Additionally, a portion of the fruit gathered from the picks will be pressed into juice and cider to be sold as a fundraiser for the program.

The volunteer FruitSave Coordinator will be someone with strong communication skills and is well organized. Clearly organizing and communicating picking dates and times with FruitSave pickers and homeowners is a crucial component of this program.

Duties:

  • Connect with existing FruitSave volunteers to update paperwork and availability information.
  • Ensure all paperwork is completed correctly including liability wavers.
  • Recruit new FruitSave volunteers and homeowner.
  • Maintain all volunteer and homeowner information on the database.
  • Connect with prospective FruitSave volunteers to assess skills, mobility, and availability.
  • Record volunteer hours and amount (lbs) of fruit harvested.
  • Participate, when needed, in FruitSave volunteer pickings.
  • Deliver fruit to local service providers, as required.
  • Connect with potential commercial partners for value added.
  • Connect with other community fruit gleaning organizations
  • Investigate additional options for income generation.
  • Mitigate any potential conflicts with volunteers and homeowners
  • Prepare monthly report for the Executive Director.
  • Complete wrap up documentation at the end of the season.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, and the Internet.
  • One or more years experience with a community organization

Competencies:

  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Relationship Building: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communication: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to engage current and future volunteers.
  • Organizational Skills: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, and monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.

Working Conditions:

  • The Volunteer FruitSave Coordinator will be able to do a lot of the work from home but will be asked to be at our office for orientation and may travel to other community locations.
  • This position will also be required to work outside in different weather conditions.
  • This position will also be climbing ladders, and be able to perform heavy lifting.
  • The volunteer will be available on a part-time basis for up to 14 hours a week during peak season.

If you are interested in this amazing volunteer opportunity, please contact fruitsave@cowichangreencommunity.org or call us at 250-748-8506 to meet with us!