Working Member Roles
Working Members form the backbone of the Co-op and do the majority of the work to keep things rolling! All Members are invited to work in the Co-op in a large range of tasks that cover almost the entirety of Co-op functioning.
The commitment and responsibility required by Working Member roles is as variable as the range of roles themselves. From drop-in vollies, regular in-store helpers, and Working Groups helping to nut-out strategic aspects of the Co-op, to the Board who provides ultimate legal oversight! There are roles that suit a large diversity of interests, availability and accessibility for our members.
For information on the discounts and benefits of becoming a Working Member, head to our page on becoming a Member.
Most Teams are coordinated by our Working Members Manager. If you’re interested in trying a role, get in touch via the form at the bottom of the page. Let them know your availability, how much time your like to contribute and what interests you 🙂
Current Role Openings/Needs – see below for details, use the contact form to get in touch:
- Morning Sparkle Team – Mon/Wed-Fri, 10-11am
- Cleaning Team – Mon-Sun, afternoons/evenings, 1hr
- Cafe Coordinators – Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm
- Shop Coordinators – Mon-Sun, between 10am-7pm
- Unpack Fresh Delivery – Tues afternoon, 2hrs/fortnightly
- Restocking Team – Weekday afternoons/evenings, 1hr
1 hour shift per fortnight
Help our cooks with cleaning up after our stupendous lunches.
You’ll be buddied up with someone to keep the Co-op sparkling and hygienic. Expect to don a broom, mop, cloth or scrubbing brush. Come wearing appropriate clothing for the job.
You’ll be buddied up with someone to put donated jars and containers through our sanitiser to prepare for re-use.
You’ll be buddied up with someone to help keep the fridges sparkling and hygienic.
You’ll be buddied up with someone to check on stock levels and refill where needed.
2:30pm-3:30pm on Tues, Thurs, Sat
We get superb cheddar cheese in bulk, it needs cutting up!
Morning Sparkle Team
Keep our toilet area hygienic and shiny and help our Shop Coordinators set things up for the day. Will include cleaning, care of produce and general beautification!
Soft Plastics Recycling
Drop our soft plastics off for recycling at a local deposit spot.
Flexible regular slot
2 hour shift per fortnight
We want to make sure the stock on the shelf reflects the needs of our members and our organisational values. Help with researching suppliers and background ethics of products.
Flexible hours & location
Print Newsletter & Flyers
Print our fortnightly e-newsletter and promotional flyers.
Helpful if you are comfortable with formatting documents and have access to a printer (though not essential).
Compile Fresh In!
Enter content into our mailchimp e-newsletter template. Requires attention-to-detail and some wordsmithing skills.
Help out with entering operational data
Help serve up our community favourite lunches.
Comms Content Creation
Do you like creative or research-based writing? Are you familiar with and passionate about the values and objectives of the Food Co-op? We want you!!
Flexible hours & location
Packing Online Orders
A fun way to put your bulk-buying skills into action! You’ll also receive a $10 shop voucher per hour worked!
Wednesdays from 10am-12pm, receive $10 food vouchers/hour!
2 hour shift per month
Drop off polystyrene and containers for recycling in Fyshwick. Vehicle required.
Regular flexible slot
Unpack ‘Dry Goods’ Delivery
You’ll be buddied up with someone to unpack our dry-goods delivery. Having attention to detail will be a handy quality!
Fortnightly Fridays from 3-5pm, 4-6pm, 5-7pm
Wash Tea Towels
Our kitchen tea towels need washing. Pick them up, take them home to wash then bring them back!
Poster & Flyer Distribution
Help us spread the word about the Food Co-op around Canberra! We’ll be targeting the public bollards in each suburb.
6th or 7th day of each month
Join this team and you’ll learn how to make our Co-op yoghurt!!
Pickup Fresh Produce (from EPIC Markets)
You’ll be buddied up with someone to pick-up fresh produce from the EPIC markets.
Saturday mornings, vehicle may be required
Help out at our monthly soup and music event!
Between 3-10pm last Wed of the month, dinner & entry included
Online Order Delivery
Deliver orders to fellow members and the public who are unable to come into the Co-op.
You’ll need a license and a vehicle for this role (or a bicycle trailer if you’re super fit). You’ll also receive a $10 shop voucher per hour worked!
2 hour shift per week
Unpack Fresh Produce Delivery
Do you have an eye for detail and passionate about fruit and veg?! Join the team to unpack our weekly fresh produce delivery from the Sydney markets.
3-5pm, 4-6pm and 5-7pm on Tuesdays
Our baked good that are served in the cafe are whipped up by our members. If you enjoy baking and have some sure-as recipes, this could be for you.
Roof Top Garden
Help out in our Rooftop garden to get your hands dirty and learn about composting and growing food!
Friday mornings, drop-in also possible
We are fortunate to receive end-of-day bread from a local Canberra sourdough baker. We need folks to pick it up from Pialligo and deliver it to the Co-op.
Weekdays, car required, Co-op vouchers issued
Help our wonderful cooks with chopping and general prep and have some laughs and learn about African cuisine while you’re at it!
10am-12pm Mon to Sat
Other Sporadic Roles
Get your Canbureaucratic self into action to help the Co-op.
We need help making new shelving, garden beds, furniture.. If you have professional or homey skills, we’ll be sure to supply you with an enthusiastic bunch of helpers 🙂
Help out with preserving seasonal produce for sale in the shop.
Work with the Comms and Space Re-vamp teams to co-ordinate and facilitate craft-bees!
Sundays, plus prep
We’re making the Co-op more welcoming of our neighbours by providing website and promotional content, and some in person activities in both English and Chinese. If you’re a fluent native speaker and/or writer, we’d love to have you on board to assist when required.
Help us get the most out of our space for the most benefit!
Shop & Cafe Coordinators
3-3.5 hour shift per week, min. 6 month commitment
Our Shop Coordinators are an integral part of the Co-op. They are responsible for opening and closing the shop, operating the till and processing memberships, providing guidance to other drop-in or rostered ‘vollies’, taking care of stock, and generally overseeing things go well in the shop.
It is ideal if members get to know the Co-op a little before nominating for this role.
In acknowledgement of the increased commitment and responsibility of this role, Shop Coordinators receive $10 of vouchers to use in the shop per rostered hour.
Our Cafe coordinators are responsible for setting up and packing down the cafe space, putting through sales at the till, preparing drinks and serving food, as well as overseeing that the cafe area is kept clean and tidy throughout the shift.
In acknowledgement of the increased commitment and responsibility of this role, Cafe Coordinators receive $10 of vouchers to use in the shop per rostered hour.
Online Ordering Coordinators
Our Online Ordering Coordinators are responsible for processing and packing online orders. These positions are currently only available to people who are already trained as shop or cafe coordinators.
In acknowledgement of the increased commitment and responsibility of this role, Online Ordering Coordinators receive $10 of vouchers to use in the shop per rostered hour.
Interested in nutting out things relevant to the big picture? Our Working Groups are the place where we put our minds to the tricky questions and challenges in our Co-op. In collaboration with our Staff and Board, our Working Groups strive to come up with policy and solutions in ways that best serve our community as a whole.
- Original Sovereign Solidarity
- Purchasing Policy
- Staff Review
- Covid-19 Response Strategy
- Strategic Planning
- Relational/Grievance/Behavioural Policy
Our Board Directors are elected from our membership at our Annual General Meeting. Being a Board Director is a satisfying way to help ensure our Co-op runs effectively according to our strategic vision and objectives. You’ll get to work with a committed team, learn about co-operative processes and develop or share your organisational, facilitation, strategic planning and financial competency skills.
Contact our Working Members Manager to get involved:
Let them know your availability, how much time your like to contribute and what interests you 🙂