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Employment Opportunities

Starting as a charity FBC is now a growing charitable business with an inspirational work culture - Using food as a tool to combat hunger and build communities, Foodbank Canterbury is a ‘take-no-prisoners, make-no-excuses, well-oiled hunger-fighting-machine’ that is having major impact in Canterbury, and for the people of of the region – the Civic Emerging Leadership Award winner for 2017. Westpac Business Champions Award Community Service; Westpac Business Champions Supreme Award Winner - Small Enterprise 2018.

As the region's only non-faith based, non-politically aligned food rescue organization, at FBC our culture is our personality. Open and totally transparent, FBC is made up of our values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes, and behaviours. Respect for the individual is an imperative – judgement is just not in the cards. Our only mission is to rescue food, sort and redistribute it to those with the immediate need.  

Ancilliary to our food rescue is the impact we make on the environment. Through our work landfill emissions are minimized through a reduction in waste – benefiting all citizens with a healthier environment.

We believe that an organization’s culture is made up of all of the life experiences each employee or volunteer brings to our organisation especially influenced by the passion of our founders and trustees in their role in the decision making and strategic direction of FBC; however we believe that everyone involved with us has an impact on what FBC has become.

This is our culture!

Current Opportunities

Vacancy        Operations Coordinator Timaru

To apply: You will need the passion for the mission of Foodbank Canterbury.

Write a brief letter telling us why you should be considered for the position; include your resume; and your availability.

Please note: as a starter, this is a minimum wage position.

Email to           Phone calls will not be accepted.

Overview: Reporting to the General Manager, FOODBANK CANTERBURY the Operations  Coordinator, Timaru will be integral to Foodbank Canterbury’s future success as we expand our service to the communities of Timaru and Mid-/Sth-Canterbury.

Type of Employment: The Operations & Logistics Coordinator, Timaru is a Fixed Term, Part-time 15 hours pw, position. Hours as specified in the Employment Agreement.


Specific Duties include but not limited to:

Assist the General Manager, FOODBANK CANTERBURY in

  • Leading the Timaru-based team to help alleviate food poverty and reduce food waste.

  • Leading and managing day-to-day operations

  • Maintain and facilitate the growth of our Timaru facility

  • Efficiently maintain and improve FOODBANK CANTERBURY operations and volunteer coordination

  • Establish, maintain and foster relationships with a wide range of stakeholders (food donors, food recipients, volunteers, supporters, other strategic relationships) as required

  • Maintain and enforce stringent Food Safety measures

  • Drive pickup schedules as required

  • Maintain excellent communication links with the Christchurch operation

  • Ensure the Timaru facility meets and maintains Food Safety requirements and remains in good working order.


Skills and Education Requirements:

  • Excellent self-management and organisational skills, with a proven ability to multi-task and cope well with a variety of tasks.

  • A quick learner who is able to work independently and on their own much of the time, using initiative to solve problems as they arise.

  • Experienced in managing a small team and the ability to work cooperatively with other staff, volunteers and the Board of Trustees to grow Foodbank Canterbury.

  • Innovative and able to proactively generate creative solutions to improve Foodbank Canterbury’s operations and management where needed.

  • Enthusiastic about Foodbank Canterbury its vision and commitment to food rescue, social justice, and environmental sustainability.


To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • Strong leadership skills through empowering and managing volunteers.

  • A passion for the FOODBANK CANTERBURY mission.

  • A proven track record and the equivalent of at least 2 years’ experience in a similar operation, general management or entrepreneurial role.

  • Clean and unrestricted Full Current NZ Driver’s Licence for a minimum of 5 years.

  • Ability to lift 20 kgs.

  • Strong connections with the community sector / able to develop these.

  • Good people skills to be able to liaise with stakeholders at all levels.

  • Excellent English communication and networking skills, and the ability to represent Foodbank Canterbury in a professional manner.

  • Experienced and skilled in the use of MS Word, MS Excel, e-mail, and comfortable with the use of internet and web-based applications.

  • Entitlement to accept full time, permanent employment in New Zealand.

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