The county is hoping to spark economic growth through food tourism.

Haliburton County announced yesterday, it is looking to hire a Food Tourism Facilitator on a six-month contract. According to county officials “the successful candidate will be assisting in the delivery of the County of Haliburton’s Food Tourism objectives, as per the Rural Economic Development program funding.”

Whoever gets hired needs to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, proven organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, experience in the food industry, demonstrated experience in Microsoft Office, and a “broad geographical, historical, current and cultural knowledge of the County an asset.”

The hourly rate for the job was calculated based on 40 hours a week, leading to $25 an hour.

the facilitator will have to develop and execute two food tourism experiences as outlined by the food tourism strategy. One of those experiences is a “picnic program” where at least 10 local food providers offer up takeaway options for visitors to choose from and take with them as they travel around the county. The other is a Resturant Network Program which would be designed to engage visitors through the “shoulder season(s)” with an event similar to Toronto’s Winterlicious.

Aside from those experiences, the facilitator will also need to address three to five issues from the food tourism survey done in 2018. As well, they will need to help further the development of the labour pool resource and try to create more full-time opportunities and year-round jobs in the food industry.

Although post-secondary education is an asset, the highest education required to apply is high school.

Anyone applying for the job needs to have their application in by May 10th at 4:30pm. Resumes can be sent to the Human Resources Manager Andrea Bull at abull@county.haliburton.on.ca