Start and End Date: July 2, 2012 – August 24, 2012 (8 week contract)
Areas of Focus: Agriculture education, Market garden production
We are seeking an intern to support the market garden for the Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, farmers markets and projects at Albion Hills Community Farm. Successful candidates must be under 30 years of age, full-time student in the previous academic year and returning to school in fall 2012, and legally entitled to work in Canada.
Toronto Green Community: Garden & Eco-Programs Manager
Toronto Green Community (TGC)is a non-profit environmental organization that works to engage Torontonians in environmental initiatives where we live, work and play. We are looking for a new program manager to run our community garden programs and lead educational programming across the city. This person will be a dynamic self-starter with demonstrated experience in sustainable urban agriculture. They will be responsible for managing several of TGC’s programs, including our community garden, our children’s Great Garden Adventure our ESL in the Garden program and our eco-gift wrapping program.
Coordinate our Eglinton Park Community Garden, developing planting schedules and maintenance plans in collaboration with volunteers
Supervise the Children’s garden program coordinator in the delivery of the Great Garden Adventure, our summer gardening program for children
Provide training and workshops on various gardening topics including container gardening, composting and seed saving to community and/or corporate groups
Coordinate the development and expansion of the ESL in the Garden resource materials
Act as a consultant for other gardens/gardeners looking for advice on establishing new projects
Coordinate and deliver fee-for-service garden workshops
Research and write funding proposals for new projects and programs
Oversee grant administration and reporting for existing garden programs
Assist in the annual coordination and implementation of the eco-gift wrapping program
Outreach to corporate sector to secure employee groups for facilitated eco-themed activities
Assist in recruiting and training volunteers for the programs
Present reports to the executive director and board of directors on programs and activities
Provide support in social media outreach and event promotion
Build connections and networks with community groups across the city to promote TGC’s work
5 years experience in a non-profit setting
2 years experience with program management and sustainable urban agriculture/farming techniques including composting, season extension and tree care
Working knowledge of community-based environmental education
Demonstrated experience with community organizing/engagement
Experience developing and delivering workshops
Experience promoting events using diverse media
Ability to work independently and as a part of a small staff team
Experience working with and managing volunteers
Excellent time management, interpersonal and planning skills
Experience working with diverse groups, including children, seniors and newcomers
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Willingness to work outdoors and work flexible hours
Experience in grant-writing and alternative fundraising initiatives is an asset
This is a 4 day per week position based out of Toronto Green Community’s office at Yonge and St.Clair
This position is a 2 year contract with possibility of extension. The rate of pay is $30,000 per annum.
TGC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs and services.
Dates: placement dates from March to October, flexible depending on your school requirements
We are a business that does not put dollars before bees, we believe in building a sustainable environment with organic beekeeping practices. We aim to produce quality bees and quality products from the beehive. We managed over 300 beehives and many other insects when called upon, we take responsible methods of husbandry with bees and all insects alike.
The Beekeeping Intern is paid a stipend of $75 per week after one month there maybe an increase. We will provide accommodation and basic food. The Internship will provide hands-on-experience in beekeeping husbandry, whom will be expected to work side by side with the beekeeper some days being 10 hours with around 50 hours work per week. Hours maybe spread over 5.5 days each week. Weekend work is essential with negotiated days off during the week. Interns will engage in our queen rearing program which will average 24 new queens every two weeks. Collect - harvest, freeze package fresh pollens every 2nd day, harvest Royal Jelly, Propolis, Honey and help with making value added products. Students will engage in inspecting beehive health, food and product preparation, feeding and maintenance. Enjoy Farm Market sells. Growing food in the half acre garden.
Responsibilities (applicant responsibilities may include, but are not limited to):
Food preparation and routine inspection of new nucleus of bees.
Cleaning and maintenance of equipment and apiaries.
Inspect and record habitat and health temperature humidity parameters.
Assessing health and assist in researching information.
All tasks involved with growing food.
Routine maintenance and feeding of Chickens, Rabbits, Fish.
Helping with general maintenance of buildings.
At successful completion of the internship, students will receive:
Performance review and Completion Certificate from The Beekeeper.
Formal letter of reference upon request.
Successful candidates will be:
Interested in a broad variety of insects and environmental awareness.
Enrolled in or completed a college or University in zoology animal, environment related, biology or other related fields.
Interested in a career related to animal husbandry.
Extremely self motivated with a desire to educate.
Able to submit a resume with reference letter and a letter outlining why you are interested in the program, your availability education back ground and where you herd about the program.
Able to secure any funds needed for relocation and other necessary living expenses for the entire placement.
Lift 20kg, be in good physical shape with no allergies, able to work in all weather conditions.
Work schedule may include weekends and evenings.
Research project: Interns are also responsible for researching and presenting a topic of their relevant interest. Interns will present a short oral presentation to volunteers, staff and friends at the end of their internship. Topics may include: Nutrition - Husbandry techniques - diseases - anatomy - habitat - construction and maintenance.
Placement dates from March to October, depending on your school requirements we are flexible with dates for your school.
Good luck and thank you to all our applicants. Send resume letters of intent and references either by e-mail to: email@example.com or snailmail to:
Ian Critchell, 501 Athol St, Whitby ON L1N 3Z7 or Ian Critchell, 175 Ballyduff Rd, Pontypool ON L0A 1K0.
Farming Internship with The Cutting Veg (Part-Time)
Do you want to learn to grow your own food, or take a step towards becoming a farmer? The Cutting Veg organic farm offers season-long, part-time farming internships, in which you can immerse yourself in the world of organic agriculture. Located in Sutton, close to Toronto, this internship is ideal for people who are rooted in the city, yet ready to take a significant step into the world of veggie farming.
Through farm work and discussion, Interns will be exposed to various aspects of organic agriculture, including plant propagation, plant care, soil preparation and health, pest-management, green-manuring, and planning & marketing. As a potential Intern, you must be willing to commit two full days per week (on-farm from 6:30am-4:30pm) from the beginning of May to the end of October, and be excited to receive agricultural skills, knowledge, and organic veggies, in exchange for your labour. As this farm is not residential, no accommodation is available on-site.
Start date: full internship (Apr. 23rd, 2012 -- end of Oct 2012)
Juniper Farm is a 200 acre certified organic vegetable farm owned by us, Alex Mackay-Smith and Juniper Turgeon. We have been operating for 7 years. We offer 150 summer and fall CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares to our local community as well as operate an on farm store and attend the Old Chelsea Farmers' Market. We also sell to a number of local restaurants.
We grow over 60 varieties of fruits and veggies and have 5 acres of vegetables and 15 acres in rotation on our 200 acre piece of land. We have 4 greenhouses and a cold cellar to help extend our seasons. We eat almost entirely from the food that we grow and preserve on our farm. We are planting orchard trees and have turkeys, chickens and pigs being integrated into the farm circle. We are experimenting with integrating more biodynamic principles into our farming practices.
Currently our farm team is made up of us the farm owners and operators, our extended family, CSA workshares, a manger, and two returning interns who have graduated to employees. This season we have 2 intern positions available.
Plowshare Farm is seeking a co-manager to help run our 3 acre Community Supported Agriculture program and market garden for the 2012 season. This is a very demanding, but rewarding, job opportunity, which requires balancing several key aspects of the farm business. As co-manager at Plowshare, the successful applicant will have a wide variery of shared responsibilities.
Whole Village Farm has existed as an organic or natural vegetable farm for 8 years. We employ all-natural methods and some permaculture techniques in farming; but are not currently certified organic (although the land that we lease is under conservation easement regulations, prohibiting the use of non-organic methods of farming). The garden space is 2 acres, and we will be doing a 38 member CSA project as well as the Orangeville market. Although, we are not yet an official co-operative, we are organizing this year to be our pilot year for coming up with an official structure for our co-op. Tori is a returning head farmer from last year at Whole Village and Jen is joining as co-farm manager this year. We welcome you to come and learn along with us!