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Position: Horticultural and Administrative Officer for Community Gardens
Organization: The Depot Community Food Centre
Location: NDG, Montreal, Quebec

(18h/wk – March 30 to November 27, 2020)

About The Depot Community Food Centre:

Founded in 1986, the Depot Community Food Centre is a community-based non-profitorganization that works collaboratively with its community to address the root causes of hunger and poverty in NDG and the surrounding areas in a manner that ensures dignity, community engagement and the development of human potential.

At The Depot, we offer a variety of food-related activities to support the food security and healthy eating habits of youth, families and individuals. Our activities are classified into three streams: Food Procurement and Distribution, Food Skills and Urban Agriculture.

We are currently looking to hire 1 passionate and qualified horticultural facilitator to ensure the good functioning and end of season of our 3 community gardens.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Offer horticultural advice and respond to questions from garden members;
  • Ensure members understand and follow the rules of the gardens, established by the City of Montreal;
  • Prepare and lead the community gardens AGA at the beginning of the season;
  • Act as a liaison between garden members and partners at the borough of CDN-NDG;
  • Encourage and ensure a healthy social dynamic in the garden and act as a mediator in the case of conflict;
  • Create and reinforce links between garden members, the Depot, and the community;
  • Share knowledge and promote values of urban agriculture, ecological gardening, food security and sovereignty, healthy living habits, and environmental stewardship;
  • Prepare and facilitate 2-3 workshops of interest to community gardens during the season;
  • Participate in team meetings, in workshops, and other events related to urban agriculture at the Depot;
  • Participate in end of season evaluations of the community garden program, compile data and write an end of season report.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experience in animation and group facilitation (including conflict resolution, non-violent communication, balancing diverse needs of participants);
  • Experience in ecological fruit and vegetable production and interest in learning new techniques;
  • Experience in social work or community work;
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills in spoken English and French;
  • Have excellent leadership skills, autonomy, organization and a sense of initiative;
  • Leadership marqué, autonomie, organisation et sens de l’initiative;
  • Be available for the entire duration of the contract (until November 30, 2018).

Other Skills:

  • Able to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues;
  • Knows how to problem solve and prioritize tasks;
  • Speaks another language other than English and French, an asset;
  • Mastery of office computer programs, including Word, Excel, and Google Drive;
  • Has a strong interest in community work, and be comfortable in multi-cultural and intergenerational environments;
  • Is passionate about urban agriculture and the food security movement;

Schedule & Contract Conditions:

  • Schedule: Variable and flexible during the week. Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • $17/hour salaried;
  • 18 hours per week;
  • Contract: March 30 to November 27, 2020 (35 weeks)

Questions about the jobs or the application process?

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter by email, in one document labelled

Application & hiring process:

  • Deadline to apply: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5pm.
  • Period to contact candidates: As of Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
  • Interview period: As of March 4th, 2020
  • Contract start : Monday March 30th, 2020
  • Only selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

TIPS FOR APPLYING! In your cover letter, we want to hear:

  • Who you are and what your background is. The Depot is committed to creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve and thus strongly encourages applicants from our diverse communities and people who experience marginalization to self-identify in their cover letter.
  • What you like about the Depot and why you want to work in this job. We want to make sure you understand our mission and our values. Tell us why you think this job is interesting and important.
  • What your experience is. Have you worked in similar jobs or have you volunteered in similar programs before? Tell us what skills you gained and how your experience would help you in this job. If there’s experience you don’t have, be honest and tell us how you hope to grow and learn.
  • Be yourself! We want to hear your voice and enthusiasm!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 14 2020    ID: 56061