Position: Community Garden Education Assistant
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Organization: Halton Food Council
Location: Burlington/Halton Region, Ontario
The Halton Food Council (HFC) is an independent, volunteer-based non-profit organization representing a broad range of sectors and interests across the food system in Halton Region. Our mission is to promote and support a sustainable local food system and to inspire people into action.
Our “Growing Together” project focuses on building a sense of community around food gardens, reducing isolation of vulnerable populations while also building food literacy skills. We support 9 community gardens with regular programming for youth, families, and seniors (depending on location). We are looking for a dynamic individual interested in urban agriculture and building community gardens.
Responsibilities for the Community Garden Education Assistant:
Assist with planting, maintaining, harvesting and leading community garden programs
Engage in outreach activities to encourage participation by community members
Track garden related program statistics by recording program participation metrics
Maintain effective communication between volunteers, community members, partners
Prepare bi-weekly update reports for the HFC
Occasionally act as a representative of the HFC at community garden outreach events (Farmers Markets or community events)
Provide assistance and report to the Education and Community Garden Coordinator
Skills and Qualifications
Between 15 – 30 years of age
Legally entitled to work in Canada (must have a valid Social Insurance Number)
A minimum of one year’s related garden and educational experience (training will be provided)
Strong team building skills and experience mentoring youth
Physically able to perform some manual labour including weeding, planting vegetables, and moving tables in a variety of weather conditions
Familiarity with Halton Region an asset
Successful candidates 18+ will require a Police Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening before beginning employment. These checks typically take 4-6 weeks to complete. It is suggested to begin the check if intending to apply for this position.
Regular access to the use of a vehicle for transporting garden supplies, program materials and travel within Halton Region. Additional insurance may be required at the cost of the applicant.
Availability to work flexible shifts including weekdays, evenings and occasional Saturdays (markets and outreach events)
If you are interested, please send a personalized cover letter (maximum 1 page) outlining your fit with our team and this position, and your resume (maximum 2 pages) via e-mail to: Alyson Prokop-Baker, Education and Community Garden Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org and reference ‘Community Garden Education Assistant’ in the subject line.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Apr 30 2019 ID: 53279