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Position: Gardening and Program Assistant
Type: summer jobs / summer student positions
Organization: FPM project The Common Table
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Flemingdon Park Ministry is a not-for-profit organization that works to break the barriers of social isolation and food insecurity in and around the neighbourhood of Flemingdon Park.​ ​We walk alongside our friends and neighbours to build healthy relationships and strive for a strong and equitable community. The Common Table is our farm and market program that brings healthy food to the tables of families in our neighbourhood. Families shop for fresh vegetables using their market points - none of our produce is sold.

Overview:​ ​We are seeking a Gardening and Program Assistant to work with the Project Lead in support of the urban farm and community market program, The Common Table. The Gardening and Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Project Lead to implement garden and greenhouse plans, as well as assist in planning and implementing programming.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside the Project Lead to implement garden and greenhouse plan and set and achieve production goals
  • Perform gardening duties planting and maintenance of garden beds, digging, mulching, watering, weeding, bed preparation, and greenhouse maintenance
  • Provide admin support towards creating outreach materials, social media posts, program resources and evaluation plans for community programs
  • Deliver and facilitate workshops and programs with community members and the public in urban agriculture, food growing, healthy eating and issues pertaining to sustainable food systems (i.e. harvest festivals, garden groups, community gardening workshops; etc.)
  • Coordinate harvest and delivery of produce to community market
  • Assist with market day
  • Maintain garden cleanliness, garden equipment and promotrtnerse a safe garden space
  • Interest in community gardens, health, nutrition and food security


Models FPM’s Core Values

  • Attention to detail. ​ Does not let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Calm under pressure. ​ Demonstrate composure in stressful situations.
  • Communication. ​ Speak, listen and write in a clear, confident, respectful, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Community-focus. Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external community members and donors, to meet or exceed their expectations and receives positive feedback from internal and external customers/donors.
  • Flexibility/adaptability. ​ Flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. Adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Cope effectively with complexity and change.


Reporting Relationships:

  • Supervised by:​ ​Project Lead or the FPM Executive Director in the Project Lead’s absence.
  • Supervises: Partner participants and community volunteers


  • 1-3 years’ experience in gardening, gardening methods and techniques
  • Knowledge of native plants and vegetables and how to maintain healthy growth is an asset
  • Experience with community-based outreach initiatives, urban agriculture, food/native plant gardening
  • Ability to lead gardening group activities and discussions with diverse individuals
  • Access to a vehicle, an asset

Working conditions:

  • Outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Lifting heavy objects on a regular basis

FPM welcomes applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer. We highly encourage applicants to be between 15 and 30 (inclusive) years of age at the start of the employment, full-time students in the previous academic year and intending to return to school in fall 2019, and legally entitled to work in Canada. This opportunity is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience Program in order to provide students with valuable experience in the green jobs sector.

(Green Jobs are jobs with employers that help reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials, limit greenhouse gas emissions, minimize waste and pollution, and protect and restore ecosystems.)

25 hours a week (contract until August 30) 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 23 2019    ID: 53197