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Toronto: Garden Assistant

Application Deadline: May 25, 2018


Overview:

We are seeking a Garden Program Assistant to work with the Lead Hand in support the community food project at the Community Food Garden (CFG) at Woodbine Racetrack. The Gardening Assistant provides support for Evergreen’s Community Garden Program focusing on external partners. The Gardening Assistant will work under the direction of the Lead Gardener to implement garden and greenhouse plans and programming.

Successful candidates must be between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment, full-time post-secondary students in the previous academic year and intending to return to school in fall 2018, and legally entitled to work in Canada.  This opportunity is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Summer Work Experience Program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside the Lead Hand to implement garden and greenhouse plan and set and achieve production goals
  • Perform gardening duties planting and maintenance of garden beds, digging, mulching, watering, weeding, bed preparation, watering and green house maintenance
  • Provide admin support towards creating outreach materials, program resources and evaluation plans for community programs
  • Deliver and facilitate workshops and programs with community members and the public in urban agriculture, food growing, healthy eating and issues pertaining to sustainable food systems (i.e. harvest festivals, garden groups, community gardening workshops; etc.)
  • Coordinate harvest and delivery of produce to community partners
  • Maintain garden cleanliness, garden equipment and promote a safe community garden
  • Interest in community gardens, health, nutrition and food security

Competencies:

Models Evergreen’s Core Values

  • Attention to detail. Does not let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Calm under pressure. Demonstrate composure in stressful situations.
  • Speak, listen and write in a clear, confident, respectful, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • . Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external customers/donors to meet or exceed their expectations and receives positive feedback from internal and external customers/donors.
  • Flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. Adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Cope effectively with complexity and change.

Guidelines:

Reporting Relationships:

  • Supervised by:Lead Hand, Urban Agriculture and Project Manager
  • Supervises: Partner participants and community volunteers

Qualifications:

  • Must have been in enrolled in school in spring 2018 and returning to school in Fall 2018
  • 1-3 years’ experience in gardening, gardening methods and techniques
  • Knowledge of native plants and vegetables and how to maintain healthy growth
  • Experience with community-based outreach initiatives, urban agriculture, food/native plant gardening
  • Ability to lead gardening group activities and discussions with diverse individuals
  • Access to a vehicle, an asset

Working conditions:

  • Outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Lifting heavy objects on a regular basis
  • 40 hours a week (16 weeks summer contract, beginning April or May)

Cover letters and resumes can be submitted by e-mail to humanresources@evergreen.ca.
Please Reference “Gardening Assistant” in the subject line

By Mail to Attention: Human Resources
Centre for Green Cities, Suite 300
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3X8

Evergreen welcomes applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer.  Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under Evergreen’s Accommodation policy.  Applicants, please make your needs known in advance.  We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest.  However, only those selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please.