Participating Owner Program

        Participating Owners coordinate the Co-op Kids Program.

        Participating Owners coordinate the Co-op Kids Program.

The Participating Owner Program provides our owners with a means to deepen their involvement and impact in our community. These volunteers play a pivotal role in our cooperative by sharing their talents and donating their time to activities such as teaching customers about food and nutrition, facilitating playgroups and clubs, contributing to our publications, and more.

Per a Board of Directors’ policy that guides the program, volunteer positions shall not be of an operational nature. We look for useful and creative ways to engage owners in our mission and strategic plan.

  • As positions become available, we will post them below. The link to apply is below the current openings section; you may also pick up a hard copy application at the Customer Service Desk.
  • An application also may be submitted to receive first notice of opportunities at they arise, or to suggest a role that is not currently advertised.

 

 

Please email Nicole O'Donnell at ownerservices@moscowfood.coop with any questions!

 

CURRENT OPENINGS

Sustainability Committee

The Moscow Food Co-op is seeking 1-2 community members to serve on our Sustainability Committee. Concern for the environment is a core value for our Co-op employees and member-owners. Help us reach our goal of incorporating values of environmental sustainability into our facility. Committee duties include:

  • reviewing current workplace sustainability policies and procedures
  • suggesting revisions to workplace sustainability policies and procedures
  • researching and implementing financially appropriate new technologies as they relate to environmental sustainability
  • creating a matrix that evaluates proposed projects based on appropriate ES models
  • ensuring that all proposals are run through the agreed upon matrix

Qualified candidates for this committee will have expertise in solutions for modeling energy-efficient and sustainable business practices. This committee meets from 1:30-3pm on the last Thursday of every month. The first official meeting will begin in January of 2017. 

Please turn in your application (letter of intent with description of pertinent skill sets) to ownerservices@moscowfood.coop by December 1st, 2016. Three (3) 18% discount vouchers will be awarded for each month in which the committee meets. 

Tasteful Thursdays Assistants

Tasteful Thursdays is an annual event series that showcases the sights, the sounds, and most importantly, the tastes of the season. This event takes place every Thursday from November 3 - December 22 (except Thanksgiving). The Moscow Food Co-op seeks volunteers to assist with set-up (3:30-4:40pm) and/or clean-up (7-8pm).These fun (and FREE) evenings are a way to celebrate the season with live music, samples from some of our favorite producers, tastes of Co-op made holiday items, and even free chair massages some nights! We are excited to involve our Participating Owners in this event. Our volunteers will receive (2) discount vouchers for each shift they work.   

Food for Thought Film Series Committee Members

We are seeking 1-2 community members to serve on our Food for Thought Film Series committee. This group is responsible for working with the Education & Outreach Coordinator to organize our Food for Thought Film Series. The Film Series strives to provide educational entertainment for the community on topics related to the Co-op’s mission. The film series usually runs February – April and September – November for a total of six films each year. Committee duties include identifying documentaries or other relevant films; working to develop partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and educational institutions; and attending the film screenings to help with displays and/or introduce the films. The committee will meet with the Education & Outreach Coordinator a few times each year to confirm films and assign action items for individual members. Four (4) 18% discount vouchers will be awarded for each month in which the committee meets and/or volunteers assist with series planning. 

Board Elections Committee

The Moscow Food Co-op is seeking a community member to serve on our Board Nominations and Elections committee.

There are a total of 4 open seats for the upcoming March 2017 Board of Directors election. Before elections, a group of community members, Board members, and employees meet on a monthly basis to plan, publicize, and facilitate the election process. Committee duties include:

  • Recruiting candidates: In a year-round effort that aims beyond the upcoming election, the committee will develop a pool of qualified candidates and work on recruitment for the Board.
  • Overseeing elections & nominations processes: This involves assuring candidate eligibility, presenting the Board with eligible and ineligible candidates, conducting candidate orientations, and overseeing elections procedures and marketing efforts (including work carried out by Co-op staff).
  • Special membership meetings: The committee will oversee special membership meetings/elections called in accordance with Moscow Food Co-op bylaws.

Qualified candidates for this committee will have expertise in the co-operative business model. This committee currently meets from 4-5pm on the 1st Thursday of every month at the Moscow Food Co-op. The first official meeting will begin in January of 2017. 

Please turn in your application (letter of intent with description of pertinent skill sets) to ownerservices@moscowfood.coop by December 1st, 2016. Three (3) 18% discount vouchers will be awarded for each month in which the committee meets. 

Tuesday Night Music Sound Facilitator

We are seeking a sound facilitator for our Tuesday Night Music program. This is a weekly role that includes setting up/running/breaking down sound equipment on Tuesday evenings from approximately 4:15 - 7:00 (music runs 5-6:30 and musicians arrive for sound check at 4:30). The position requires familiarity with running a sound board, amps, and other equipment. We have the sound equipment here, the volunteer would just need to know how to set it up, use it, and put it away. Four (4) 18% discount vouchers will be awarded each week for your time.

Co-op Kids Facilitator Substitute
We are looking for someone to help the Co-op Kids coordinator facilitate planned activities on Tuesday mornings when the regular Co-op Kids assistant is not available to attend. The Co-op Kids substitute would be expected to arrive at the Co-op around 8:30 a.m. to help with setup and to stay and help clean up after the program concludes at 10 a.m. Generally, this role will involve helping young kids with craft activities as well as talking with them about different topics, such as how seeds work. Two 18% discount vouchers will be awarded for each subbed shift.

Recycling Subs Needed

Help the Co-op operate sustainably by becoming one of our recycling subs! Our Participating Owner-driven recycling program needs substitutes!  It takes about two hours to complete a shift, which involves visiting different store departments and collecting recyclables for sorting at the Moscow Recycling Center. Substitutes will be put on a contact list for regular recyclers to use to find a substitute who is able to cover their shift. Substitute recyclers will receive (3) 18% vouchers for each shift they cover.

Composting Facilitators

Our sustainability committee conducted an internal waste audit during the month of April to see what our current waste streams look like and found that the biggest area for improvement is diverting more food waste from the deli to our composter, Eartha. Although our staff does a great job with sending viable food waste to compost, we don’t currently have a system for customers to compost their leftovers when they choose to eat at the Co-op.

We are looking to generate a pool of Participating Owners that are available during high traffic times such as lunch (11:30-1:30) and dinner (5-7) to help us facilitate a trial composting program. This Participating Owner role would require commitment for at least one shift weekly (either lunch or dinner on a set day each week). The position would include being available in the deli to let customers know that the composting container is available and direct them according to the system. It would also involve helping provide education and information on what can and cannot be composted in Eartha to those that have questions. Once we have a few Participating Owners that are interested in this role, we will finalize systems using input from those Participating Owners, members of the Sustainability Committee, and staff from the deli and kitchen. An ideal start for this program would be August 2016, but Participating Owner involvement in developing the system will take place in July. Participating Owners will receive two (2) 18% discount vouchers for each shift they commit to facilitating composting, which leads to 8 to 10 store discount vouchers each month. 

 

To apply

  • Click on the application box below. You also can pick up a hard copy application at our Customer Service Desk.
  • An application also may be submitted to receive first notice of opportunities at they arise, or to suggest a role that is not currently advertised.

NOTE: You must be a member-owner of the Co-op
to volunteer as a "Participating Owner"!