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Community Garden Assistant

We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of:

Community Garden Assistant

At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones, and their communities with dignity and joy. We operate on a people-first model that values fair compensation, policies that respect a work/life balance and the contributions of our team members at all levels.

Main Tasks:

The Community Garden Assistant is responsible for supporting gardens across the City of Toronto to facilitate workshops about composting, vermicompost, gardening, and resource connections for community gardens. We animate and support up to 40 community gardens in the City of Toronto.

Please note: All job descriptions listed below will have COVID-19 protocols in place and are subject to alteration in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and requires that the applicant:

  • Be between 15-30 years of age (inclusive)
  • Be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Support the Maintenance of several community gardens. This includes preparing garden beds, seeding, weeding, watering, and harvesting produce.
  • Work alongside volunteers working in the existing community garden network
  • Support facilitation of workshops on urban agriculture skills, both online and potentially in person.
  • Support seedling production and distribution during the growing season
  • Document experiences and tracking information from the community gardens. This may include photographing and taking video/audio interviews of community garden members.
  • Support other Urban Agriculture projects as needed (ie. School Grown, Sunshine Garden, and garden installations)
  • Support the animation of community events, ie. annual plant give away, Let’s Get Growing events, Wormshares, Toronto Compost Leader workshops and training
  • Support other summer events at FoodShare as assigned
  • Participate in FoodShare staff and team meetings, all staff training, and reporting requirements such as timesheets and handle other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least one year experience vegetable gardening, growing food, or working with plants
  • Demonstrated interest in community-led food projects and/or neighbourhood-based community organizing
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice and equity
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse community (people of different ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds)
  • Effective communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of food systems, including growing, cooking, and composting, is an asset
  • Photography, videography, and social media skills are an asset

Job Requirements:

  • Must meet Canada Summer Jobs Program requirements, outlined above
  • Willingness to do physical labour outside in all weather conditions (rain or shine!)
  • Lifting and moving up to 40 pounds
  • Some evening work may be required (but you’ll always know well in advance)
  • Must be able to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 upon hire in order to comply with the vaccinate policy of a partner organization that this position interacts with.

Please note that the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check. FoodShare will cover the cost of this requirement.

Salary: $24/Hour*

Benefits: daily lunch stipend, paid personal days, paid sick/wellness days

Reports to: Community Garden Coordinator

Location(s) of Position: Sunshine Garden (CAMH – 1000 Queen St West) and Eastdale CI Rooftop Garden (701 Gerard St East), and other workshop locations as assigned

Duration: 14 weeks

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contact, part-time (30 hours per week)

Available Positions: 1

Anticipated Start Day: May 24, 2021

* Note that as part of FoodShare’s commitment to equity, all staff get equal pay for equal work. As a result salaries and benefits are non-negotiable.

TO APPLY: Please submit your application by 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Please note that we may only be able to contact candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process.

Selection Process:

  1. FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes applicant personal details (names, email, addresses), educational & employment institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce potential for bias. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role. This process takes at least 2 weeks from the application deadline.
  2. The hiring committee will review anonymized versions of the applications that pass the initial screening and decide which candidates to invite to interview. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  3. The hiring committee will conduct first round interviews with selected candidates. Candidates will be sent the interview questions 48 hours in advance of their scheduled interview. Candidates are welcome, but not expected or required, to send any questions they have for the hiring committee in advance of the interview. These interviews usually occur about 4 weeks after the application deadline. In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, FoodShare financially compensates interviewees at a fixed rate of $75 per interview.
  4. The hiring committee may conduct a second round of interviews, which may include a pre-interview assignment, which would be compensated.
  5. HR will conduct reference checks for the candidate they intend to extend an offer to. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  6. HR will send the selected candidate and Employment Agreement, which the candidate will have at least 1 week to review and return.

Please note:

FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities.

Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics but are significantly under-represented in community-based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside.

If you require accommodation when navigating the application process, please contact hr@foodshare.net