Food Rescue Coordinator 2022

Barrie, ON Seasonal

Food Rescue Coordinator

This is a full time position.

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Please note that aspects of this position are modified to ensure Health and Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Food Rescue Program:

Canadian Musicians Cooperative began the No More Starving Artists (NMSA) food rescue program in 2020 to provide artists and members of the public community with access to free salvaged food. The food and supplies are donated to our organization by local stores and restaurants. Canadian Musicians Cooperative is a partner in the Food Rescue network operated by Second Harvest. 


Position Summary:

As a Food Rescue Coordinator in the Food Rescue program, you will liaise with our established Food Rescue partners to secure donated food items. Through community engagement, you will also distribute food and supplies at the Canadian Musicians Cooperative head office, providing free access to these resources while maintaining proper sanitation standards of storage. This position is an in-person job opportunity with some online training and organizational duties.


Summary of Roles:

Sorting Food: Food Rescue staff sort the food and other items that are provided to us by our partners. They will select the freshest products using the first in, first out method. They must also appropriately dispose of the food that cannot be distributed. Products must be stocked in appropriate categories and designated areas.

Packing Orders: Receiving orders via our website, staff will pack up individual orders by their designated pick-up time. They must ensure that orders are packed up accurately and in a timely manner.

Driving: Food Rescue staff drive to local partner stores to pick up donated food then drive it to our location in downtown Barrie (80 Bradford St Suite 601). The majority of the driving will be completed between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 am daily, with some occasional afternoon pick-ups as well.

Inventory: Using Shopify, staff update the product inventory information. Quantities of items need to be maintained and product photos updated periodically.


Staff are assigned  to help with any and all roles within Food Rescue, depending on ability and best fit. Food Rescue operates mainly between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm daily with a possible afternoon shift on Wednesdays.




Due to federal funding requirements for this program, successful applicants must be:

  • 15–30 years of age on their first day of work

  • A Canadian citizen, have a permanent resident card, or be protected under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (there is no requirement to be a student) 

  • Residing in Canada during the length of the employment

This program pays minimum wage for your province. The summer employment length is 7-16 weeks between May and September. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receive customers' orders through our Shopify inventory and ordering system

  • Update the Shopify inventory to reflect the food inventory for customers to order 

  • Take attractive pictures of the food and products for the Shopify inventory

  • Perform pickups from our program suppliers as needed (if you are engaged in the Driving role, as discussed above)

  • Sort and discard foodstuffs based on observed freshness

  • Prepare and package orders

  • Carry bags, or pull dolly with boxes, to deliver food to clients as part of our curbside pickup service

  • Ensure customer satisfaction

  • Promote continued customer interest in the NMSA program

  • Answer customer inquiries by phone, e-mail, or web chat

  • Learn about the inventoried items to be able to answer any questions from customers

  • Help customers understand the products and services being offered

  • Stock refrigerators and freezers and maintain inventory records

  • Unpack and store supplies in refrigerators, cupboards and other storage areas

  • Clean work tables, cupboards and appliances

  • Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers

  • Sweep and mop floors, and perform other like duties as needed to assist the Food Rescue Supervisor

  • Provide feedback to other departments to help improve sales, marketing, and business processes

  • Undergo food handling and food safety training

  • Maintain confidentiality of customer and partner information

  • Perform other appropriate duties as assigned by management


Position Requirements (Qualifications, Education, and More):

  • If performing the Driving role, must have a personal vehicle to perform pickups and a valid driver's license 

  • Regular and consistent access to a working cell phone with data

  • Must be able to safely lift up to 30 lbs

  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn Shopify and Slack is an asset to the Inventory role

  • Some evenings and weekends may be required

  • As part of our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Policy, all staff and volunteers must submit proof of full vaccination to the HR team before they can begin work. All staff will be provided with food-handling and other training.


Preferred Skills:

  • Communications:

    • Excellent written and verbal communication

    • Ability to keep calm and problem solve 

    • Ability to speak with customers over the phone

  • Interpersonal & Teamwork:

    • Personable demeanor

    • Outstanding organization skills 

    • Ability to work with a variety of personalities in a creative fluid environment

    • Ability to work within a team

  • Decision Making:

    • Prioritization

    • Meeting deadlines

    • Critical thinking skills

    • Active problem-solving skills

If you have any additional documentation (i.e., your own past projects or school assignments) that you would like to submit as part of a portfolio of your relevant skills and areas of expertise, please do so in the box labelled “Additional Documentation.” Please utilize a Google Drive, Dropbox, or equivalent software to share these files, and ensure that application screeners will be able to open the files without needing to log into that platform.

To have your application considered by the Hiring Team, all pre-interview questions must be filled out completely. Please note that there are no part-time positions this year.


If you are successful in our initial screening, you will be invited to a formal panel job interview.


Membership is not required to participate in the competition for this position, and no preference is given to existing members in our ranking process, however, upon acceptance of an employment contract, all employees are required to join the cooperative.

Those not selected for an employment opportunity are still welcome to join the Co-op as members. Professional Creator members have access to the same live or digital resources, support and community as those in our musician programs.


Canadian Musicians Cooperative welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please email if you have any questions or require accommodations.

We thank you for your interest in Canadian Musicians Cooperative and for participating in our competition. Only those candidates selected for consideration will be contacted.

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