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Position: Garden Centre Participants
Organization: Cowichan Green Community
Location: North Cowichan, BC

We are hiring 3 individuals — you must be on Employment Insurance or Reachback (on EI within the 5 five years) and compensation is maximum EI. The contract is from March 9, 2020 to February 5, 2021

Overview: The participant will report directly to the Cowichan Community Garden Centre Supervisor and will assist with the set up and delivery of the Cowichan Community Garden Centre project. This position will help to coordinate and execute all the garden centre and duties. This position is perfect for someone who has a combined interest or experience in farming and coordinating tasks.

Duties: This position will be accountable for the following:

Basic Farm and Greenhouse Duties:

  • Bed cleanup
  • Bed maintenance
  • Seeding, transplanting and harvesting
  • General maintenance of property including mowing, pollinator bed maintenance and keeping the portable clean
  • Crop observations
  • Fill out daily pest and crop records
  • Follow Integrated Pest Management System
  • Assess crop nutrient needs, fertilize as needed
  • Complete inventory for greenhouse products
  • Complete daily farm and greenhouse walk-through

Project Coordination:

  • Assist with greenhouse and farm tours
  • Assist with building greenhouse and other infrastructures
  • Engage with the public
  • Assist with point of sale, marketing, and promoting the greenhouse
  • Work with supervisor to schedule planting, transplanting and harvesting
  • Maintain farm journal with dates, weather report and activities completed
  • Maintain crop records for drought tolerant breeding program
  • Answer customer questions and directing customers
  • Receive orders of garden centre and greenhouse supplies

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize tasks
  • Experience in greenhouse growing an asset
  • Knowledge of gardening/farming

Skills and Competencies:

  • Adaptability: Demonstrates a willingness to be flexible and versatile in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
  • Relationship Building: Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the program
  • Communication: Speaks listens and writes in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develops new and unique ways to promote the program and engage community
  • Organizational Skills: Sets priorities, develops a work schedule, monitors progress towards goals and tracks details, data, information and activities
  • Problem solving: asses problem situations to identify causes, gathers and processes relevant information, generates possible solutions and makes recommendations to the supervisor
  • Farm Skills: ability to do physical labour, work outdoors and in the heat. Passion and interest in promoting and establishing food security and community engagement.

Working Conditions: This position will in a greenhouse, farm, and office setting. This position will work on a contract basis of 35 hours per week with occasional evenings and weekends for the duration of the contract. Compensation is paid through Employment Insurance.

Eligibility: To qualify for this position participants must be:

  • On Employment Insurance (EI) or
  • Eligible for reach back- on EI within the last five years

To apply, please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
subject: Garden Centre Participants

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 13 2020    ID: 56050