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The Mustard Seed - Community Engagement Intern

Feb 07, 2019

The Mustard Seed is a Christian humanitarian organization whose vision is to build community, grow hope and support change. Intentionally following Jesus Christ and partnering with the community, The Mustard Seed combats the root causes of poverty in Alberta and British Columbia and works to create positive, lasting change in the lives of those we serve. The Mustard Seed provides basic services— food, clothing and housing, and support services—education and employment, to those living in poverty within Alberta and British Columbia.



The Community Engagement Interns will participate in programs, which are essential to the alleviation of poverty and homelessness and build healthy relationships between stakeholders in The Mustard Seed’s diverse community.

The interns’ primary role will be to promote education and awareness to the wider public on local social issues such as poverty and homelessness. Specifically, they will run DemoCrew, an inner-city immersion educational experience for youth groups who will serve, learn and live with The Mustard Seed community. They will support The Mustard Seeds’ basic services, including a food bank depot, meal program, clothing centre and inner-city baseball team, syringe pickup and jam sessions.



  • Plan and implement community engagement activities for youth
  • Promote the DemoCrew and CollegeCrew programs to youth pastors, colleges, and churches
  • Liaise with the leaders of groups attending the DemoCrew programs
  • Jointly organize activities with the external and internal resources
  • Deliver Community Engagement workshops and presentations, as needed
  • Discuss with youth in DemoCrew important subject of crime prevention in their communities
  • Facilitate learning opportunities to help youth better understand the issues of poverty and homelessness in their own community and equip youth to deepen their engagement with local agencies and causes
  • Represent The Mustard Seed to the intern’s community of faith
  • Attend staff meetings and other training as required
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Passion for fostering a deeper understanding of poverty and homelessness in churches and the community
  • Empathy for the poor and a desire for greater understanding concerning poverty and justice issues in an urban centre
  • Strong computer, communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Interest and skills in recreational activities such as sports or gardening is an asset
  • Strong team building and leadership skills
  • Must be currently enrolled in fulltime in a post - secondary program and fully intending to return to fulltime studies in the fall of 2019
  • Between the ages of 15 - 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment



  • This posting will fill two positions and is temporary from May 7th – August 27th , 2019 and it is a requirement that interns can attend all 16 weeks
  • Evenings and weekends hours maybe required to accommodate the hours of the drop in hubs
  • Working environment will include indoor and outdoor activities, office work on computer, lifting and some travel will be required
  • Moderate physical and mental effort will be required
  • Valid Driver’s License, Driver’s Abstract and Employment Security Check is required
  • As The Mustard Seed is a Christian ministry, we require our employees to be in agreement and to sign our statement of faith
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Canada on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
  • We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status
  • We are committed to hiring youth under-represented in the job market, such as Indigenous youth, immigrant and refugee youth, youth with disabilities and visible minorities if qualified candidates can be found
  • Position is conditional on government funding and number of hours or weeks may be subject to change


Start date: once a suitable candidate is found


Apply online using our Position Application Form on our Careers page. (


Privacy Policy: The Mustard Seed follows the principles of privacy therefore the privacy policy will be adhered to. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Mustard Seed reserves the right to amend job advertisements. No phone calls please.

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