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Position: School Program Facilitator
Eligibility: graduated within the last three years (see below)
Organization: Roots to Harvest
Location: Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario

Roots to Harvest is looking for a dynamic, hard-working individual to facilitate food literacy connections, in schools, and at our urban garden sights with high school aged youth

The Basics:

Job Term: 52 weeks, May 1st, 2018 – May 1st 2019

Wage: $18/hr; 40 hrs/week

Location: Thunder Bay, ON

Closing Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Our Approach:

At first glance, Roots to Harvest may appear to be an urban agriculture-focused organization, but we encourage applicants to look much deeper than that. Roots to Harvest is first and foremost about working with people—in particular, youth and young adults. We seek to create meaningful opportunities to employ and engage young people who face barriers to employment and/or struggle academically. We use food and agriculture as the medium to connect with the community and each other. We work hard to find the delicate balance between challenge and achievement in all of our programs and projects.

Our Culture:

Roots to Harvest is a small, grassroots organization that is still maturing and coming into its own. We are a small staff and every position involves elements of organizational development and maintenance. We aim to foster a culture that is transparent, inclusive, progressive, and productive. As staff, we work collaboratively, we work hard, we do what needs to be done, and we try to keep the big picture in mind.

If you prefer to work alone, dislike ambiguity, and adhere to a very strict schedule, then working with Roots to Harvest probably isn’t right for you. But if you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced, multifaceted, energizing, and rewarding work environment that will push you every single day, then we want to hear from you!

Eligibility – Candidates MUST meet the eligibility requirements:

Candidates must have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university from a degree or diploma program in education, Outdoor/experiential education, agriculture, urban agriculture, environmental science, community development, or a related field of study. Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Candidates are ineligible if they have previously participated in an NOHFC internship.


During this one-year position, the School program facilitator will work closely with the School Program Coordinator to facilitate food literacy connections both in the classroom and with the use of school gardens throughout all high schools in Thunder Bay.

Specifically, responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate food and agriculture literacy focused lessons in high school classrooms, kitchens and school gardens.
  • Facilitate the creation and maintenance of multiple school gardens with various high school classes.
  • Co-facilitate the Urban Youth Farm Program in July & August 2018 for high school aged youth.
  • Co-Facilitate the Academic year Program from October 2018-May 2019 for high school aged youth.
  • Refine, expand and develop school garden resources for educators to include in their curriculum and lesson delivery
  • Connect with regional and provincial organizations to source materials and connect with broader school garden networks (Sustain Ontario, Ontario Edible Education Network).
  • Organize events that collaborate with other programs in Thunder Bay to promote school gardens and food literacy.

Your Fit:

  • You see the bigger picture. You have a deep appreciation and respect for the history, culture, and goals of Indigenous communities in Canada.
  • You love working with people. You are comfortable in a classroom, a community kitchen and a farmer’s field, and can appreciate individuals for their diversity and uniqueness.
  • You understand the system. You know there are constraints and limitations, but you work towards common solutions, mutual respect and a “we’re all in this together” approach.
  • You love a challenge. Working hard feeds you and you find innovative and effective ways to solve problems and make progress.
  • You strive for excellence. You believe that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right—every single time.
  • You have life experience. Your education and training is paired with rich life experiences that have broadened your understanding and enhanced your empathy for the human condition, which include, specifically, experience working in and with First Nation communities.

*Use of a personal vehicle will be required (and mileage is reimbursed). Candidates must have regular access to a reliable vehicle a valid Class G driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Application Process:

Please submit one PDF file containing a resume (including references) and cover letter to by April 3rd, 2018. If selected, this position includes a 3-month trial period to confirm that you are a good fit.

Roots to Harvest is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace.


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GoodWork ID: 44621       Date posted to Mar 13 2018