Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Market Assistant

Application Deadline: October 11th

Start date/term of position: Check back for our next recruitment drive

We are currently not recruiting for this role, please check back for our next recruitment drive

Join the Evergreen Garden Market Team!

Evergreen Garden Market primarily carries products from artisans, crafts people and small-batch producers in Canada. We champion Ontario native plants for their low maintenance and their positive impact on the local ecosystem. These standards support the local and sustainable mission behind the Evergreen Garden Market—which is a social enterprise that directs 100% of its proceeds back to Evergreen.

Garden Market Assistants is not a gardening role! Instead it is a mix between on keeping our general retail store in tip top shape and ensure our plant stock thrives throughout the entire season, no matter how dry or how wet. Tasks include

  • Receive hard goods and food products.
  • Total plant care
  • Receiving, labelling, and merchandising plant/veggie inventory
  • Re-stock store shelves and keep 'Potting Shed' inventory well-organized.
  • Help with merchandising.
  • Light custodial duties (dusting store shelves, taking out garbage/recycling, sweeping, mopping).
  • Assisting customers with their purchases
  • Acting as an ambassador to Evergreen and the Garden Market.

What you bring: To be successful at and enjoy this role, you:   

  • Are comfortable working outdoors and occasionally reaching, crouching, and lifting up to 25 lbs.
  • Don't mind getting a little dirt under your finger nails, in fact the dirtier the better!
  • Can work independently and take direction well.
  • Are reliable, enthusiastic, and keen to learn.
  • Have a friendly, outgoing personality with strong verbal communication skills in English.
  • Experience in customer service and native plants are an asset, but not required.

When and where: Evergreen Garden Market at Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Weekdays and weekends ongoing. Minimum 4 hours a week. 

Commitment: One 4-hour shift per week.

How we’ll support you:  All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory orientation and preliminary screening. Training takes place on the job and focuses on the many sustainable products and native plants EGM offers. You’ll work closely with experienced Garden Market staff and other volunteers. 

Perks: You’ll learn about local, sustainable and eco-friendly products, see first hand how a social enterprise model works and more! You’ll learn about plants, identification and total plant healthcare. You'll see how a social enterprise model works and more!

T-shirts, toques, 15% discount on Evergreen Garden Market purchases, and up to 20% off on Evergreen's Active Living Discount Card, are just some of the many ways we thank our volunteers who contribute 20+ hours in a season.

Good to know: Garden Market Assistants Store run back and forth between the store and potting shed, and often receive goods in the outdoor section of the market, so come dressed appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes.Evergreen runs a free shuttle bus from Broadview Subway station (which is extended Saturday morning to accommodate volunteers), and the 28 Bayview South bus regularly stops at EBW on weekends. How to get here. There is limited paid parking on-site.

If this sounds like you:  Create an online profile and sign up for the 'Garden Market Greener | Application’. Please include a current resume and as much detail about your skills and interests so we can help match you to the perfect Evergreen volunteer opportunity.

Already an Evergreen Volunteer: Log into your volunteer account to apply.