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Food Activism Worker

A job posting of interest to TCGN members:

FoodShare Job posting: October 1, 2009

Application deadline: October 15, 2009 ( Please apply directly to the FoodShare contact info as shown, not through TCGN)

Food Activism Worker

FoodShare Toronto is a non-profit community organization whose vision is Good Healthy Food for All. We believe that food is vital to the health of individuals and communities, and that access to good, healthy food is a basic human right. We take a multifaceted, innovative, and long-term approach to hunger and food issues. We are Canada’s largest food security organization and we work on food issues "from field to table" – meaning that we focus on the entire system that puts food on our tables: from the growing, processing and distribution of food to its purchasing, cooking and consumption.
FoodShare is offering an exciting opportunity to community members who are dedicated to food-related activism and are interested in working with us to improve and expand our programs. This position will involve doing some outreach in your own community, helping us design and deliver community training workshops, and also helping us research broader questions like: What brings people to food activism? What makes people motivated to work on projects like community gardens, food markets and community kitchens, even when the work can be challenging? What are the factors that make some food activism projects more successful than others?

Who You Will Be Working With

To make sure this project is successful, you will work closely with a supportive team that includes other community members and a project coordinator.

Your Job Description

  • Working 1 day a week for six months to assist with research; support the design of training workshops; and help promote, organize and facilitate events.

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Urban Agriculture Youth Engagement Facilitator

FoodShare Toronto is seeking an Urban Agriculture Youth Engagement Facilitator to join the dynamic Community and School Food Programs team.
FoodShare Toronto is a non-profit organization that works with communities to ensure that everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. At FoodShare we work on food issues "from field to table" - meaning that we focus on the entire system that puts food on our tables: from the growing, processing and distribution of food to its purchasing, cooking and consumption.
The Urban Agriculture Youth Engagement Facilitator will work with high school students and youth program participants to build urban agriculture demonstrations and will organize a forum to bring youth together to discuss food issues and action. The successful applicant will have some gardening experience and will have basic building capabilities.

Detailed job description:

  • -       Design, plan, build, and maintain an organic vegetable garden
  • -       Design, build and maintain a fish and food growing (aquaponics) system
  • -       Design, build and maintain a greenhouse greens production system
  • -       Organize a food event for youth

Qualifications and skills:

  • -       Some gardening and food growing experience

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Community Network Facilitator

The Community Network Facilitator will enable the growth of two gardening networks.
This person will help to gather more accurate information about gardens in Toronto, and will organize events to bring gardeners together and to help them exchange knowledge.
The successful applicant will be well organized and skilled at bringing people together.

Detailed job description:

The job description for the Community Network Facilitator will include the following responsibilities:

  • Organize three community garden bus tours
  • Organize a city-wide school networking session
  • Organize a project to map and survey all of the community gardens in Toronto, coordinating volunteers

  Qualifications:

  • -       Very organized

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Jobs of the Future: Where will you work?

posted May 26, 2009

Date: June 18, 2009

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services 10 Gateway Boulevard, Suite #104 Toronto

Link to Google Map

The "green economy" is promising new jobs for everyone, but where are these jobs? Where do you get training? What resources are available?

This information session will feature a panel of informed employers who will talk about job opportunities that exist today.
Jobs such as:

  • City Gardeners
  • Arborists
  • Landscape Design
  • Retro-fitting buildings
  • Energy Auditors and more...
Join us, tell your friends, and learn more about job opportunities that are here today and will be coming tomorrow.
For more information
Phone: (416)424-2900

Not Far From The Tree Hub Coordinator – Ward 21, Toronto

Application deadline: June 5th, 2009 @ 5:00 pm EST

Start date: mid to late June, 2009 Location: Ward 21, Toronto

Pay and hours: $20/hour, 20 hours a week for 23 weeks (June-November)

Not Far From The Tree, a project of The Catalyst Centre, is Toronto’s very own fruit tree project. We ensure that the fruit growing in Toronto is picked, shared, eaten, and enjoyed. The core of our programming is our residential fruit-picking program, where we pick fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste. When fruit tree owners cannot harvest their trees, we send team of volunteers to do it for them. 1/3 of the fruit goes to the fruit tree owners, 1/3 to the volunteers, and 1/3 is distributed (by bicycle or cart) to community organizations in the neighbourhood who can make good use of the fresh fruit. 
After a successful first season in 2008, Not Far From The Tree is now preparing to launch its 2009 season. To do so, we are seeking a highly organized and dedicated Hub Coordinator for our original neighbourhood base, Toronto’s Ward 21 (St. Paul’s).

Duties:

  • Schedule residential fruit picks for all registered fruit trees in Ward 21
  • Coordinate and provide support for volunteers who will lead picks, attend picks, and help otherwise
  • Establish and maintain the physical needs of the hub such as equipment and storage
  • Liaise with volunteers, fruit tree owners, partner agencies, media and other interested partners
  • Assist with planning events for Not Far From The Tree and arrange representation at outreach events
  • Report to the Project Coordinator and team of Hub Coordinators regarding progress and outcomes
  • Complete, maintain and manage all necessary documentation related to the job (including financial records, narrative reports, statistics, contact lists, etc.)

Qualifications: Read More >>

GARDEN COORDINATOR

JOB

DESCRIPTION

Role Description:

The Greening Toronto’s Gardens (GTG) Program Coordinator will assist in the overall development and implementation of the 2009 GTG program which includes managing the Eglinton Park Heritage Community Garden, and the Great Garden Adventure program. Greening Toronto’s Gardens is a multi-faceted program designed to reach diverse sectors of Toronto and other interested gardeners. The program educates individuals on ecological gardening best practices.
The Great Garden Adventure is a children’s summer garden workshop series. The GTG Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating gardening activities for children, organizing program supplies, instructing and supervising program participants and staff volunteers, and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all program participants.

Qualifications: Read More >>

Community Garden/Kitchen Assistant

(4 full-time, 12 week contracts)

The Stop Community Food Centre uses food and food access as a tool for community development in the Davenport West neighbourhood of Toronto. We are looking for four staff people to assist Stop staff with involving members of the community (volunteers, program participants, vulnerable adults, seniors, children and youths) in our community garden and kitchen programs. Two positions will be based out of our Davenport site and two will work at the Green Barn site at St. Clair and Christie.

  • Note: these are Service Canada funded positions. Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time and returning to school full-time in the fall.

Responsibilities:

Assist Stop staff in the following tasks:

  • Supporting volunteers in garden and greenhouse maintenance tasks (weeding, watering, harvesting, etc.)
  • Operating regular pizza-making session at an outdoor bake oven
  • Developing and providing cooking, gardening and nutrition activities for children 10-12 years old in the After School Program and Summer programs
  • Promoting the programs with neighbours, potential volunteers and other members of the community
  • Organizing special events

Qualifications:

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Strategic Planning Facilitator

Short-Term Contract Position

This position has been filled - July 2009
The Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN) consists of individuals and organizations that are working to encourage a healthy community gardening movement in the City of Toronto, supporting and linking community gardeners. TCGN is hiring a Strategic Planning Facilitator to assist the Organizational Development Committee with the next phase of a strategic planning process that we began one year ago.

Responsibilities:

  • Support TCGN Organizational Development Committee in identifying and conducting outreach to potential new TCGN members
  • Work with the Committee to develop an agenda for a strategic planning event in November
  • Coordinate logistics for the event, with support from OD Committee
  • Support the OD Committee in ensuring that post-event follow-up tasks are initiated

Qualifications:

  • Good understanding of the dynamics of community-based networks
  • Demonstrated skill at guiding non-profit organizations through a strategic planning process
  • Familiarity with gardening, environmental, food-based and other community organizations in Toronto
  • Demonstrated capacity to be organized, self-directed and detail-oriented
  • Experience working with diverse communities

Compensation: $1,500, 50% at contract mid-way point, balance upon completion of deliverables

Time frame: June 2009 – January 2010

Please Send your resume to:

Rhonda and Ravenna at mail@tcgn.ca

After School Program Coordinator

In order to expand its work to help children develop skills, awareness and positive attitudes around growing, cooking and eating healthy food, The Stop Community Food Centre has opened an After School program and Summer Camp at its new satellite site. The Green Barn is a sustainable food production and education centre that engages community members to grow, eat, learn about, celebrate and advocate for healthy, local food. We are looking for an individual who can create inspiring food-based programming for kids aged 10-12 and contribute to our flexible, cooperative workplace environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with other Stop staff and partner agencies to develop fun, hands-on food-related
  • Research and incorporate best practices in nutrition, cooking and gardening education for children
  • Conduct outreach and recruit program participants
  • Train and supervise program volunteers
  • Coordinate staff and partner contributions to program
  • Develop and implement policies to ensure safety of all participants
  • Evaluate effectiveness of program activities
  • Host occasional events to engage parents of ASP participants

Qualifications:

  • Strong experience developing and offering creative programming for children, ideally within the 10-12 year-old age group

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posted March 03, 2009

Urban Garden -March 2009

Design – Build – Maintain
This position has been filled

Urban Garden is a Design / Build and Maintenance company specializing in condominiums, commercial properties, parks and streetscapes in the central Toronto area. Our base of operations is Eglinton and Bayview.

We have a very strong commitment to:

  • innovative work involving green roofs, containers and streetscapes
  • sustainable landscape practices including LEED initiatives
  • community renewal

MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY

We require: A Manager of Decorative Planting and Maintenance

You will oversee a team responsible for:

  • design and installation of decorative plantings in beds and containers
  • maintenance of properties (with a minimal amount of turf care, no snow removal)

You will also be a senior member of the company’s executive team and will be encouraged to take ownership of the Decorative Planting / Maintenance Group

You ought to have: Read More >>

posted February 14, 2009

Urban Agriculture Co-Organizers

(2 volunteer positions)

www.scaddingcourt.org

You will be one of two individuals that lead a team of 4- 5 volunteers in planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting a 1500 sq ft community garden plot that grows 1500 lbs of fresh, organic produce annually for local food banks and programs through the PLANT A ROW GROW A ROW program.

(see www.toronto.ca/health/plant_a_row.pdf for more information). Support will be provided by Scadding Court’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator. This position is for volunteers aged 18 years or more, however the team itself can include volunteers of all ages and youth participation would be very welcome!

Activities:

  • Plan, prepare, grow and harvest according to an existing production schedule
  • Garden according to permaculture principles (if you are not familiar with this, then bring a willingness to learn!)
  • Build on / further develop that production schedule to adapt to the interests and skills of you and your team
  • Work with Scadding Court’s Urban Agriculture Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator to recruit your team of volunteers
  • Weekly updates, regular communication and planning for food delivery with the Urban Agriculture Coordinator
  • Communicate and share information with other community gardeners and visitors to the garden on an as-needed basis

Benefits and Opportunities: Read More >>

posted February 07, 2009

Scarborough Community Food Animator

The Stop Community Food Centre -- Part time - 6 month contract -- Scarborough Community Food Animator

The Community Food Animator (CFA) will work in Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) buildings in Scarborough, to be a resource to four community food projects that have been established with help from the Toronto Community Food Animators. Based out of the Stop Community Food Centre the CFA will work collaboratively as a member of the of the Community Food Animators Project team (which includes staff from the Afri-Can Food Basket, FoodShare Toronto, and The Stop).
This position is 22.5 hours per week and runs from March 1 to August 31, 2009. Salary is $20.26 per hour.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with tenants groups involved in community gardens, kitchens and markets in TCHC buildings in Scarborough, offering facilitation and/or direct organizing support, where appropriate

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posted January 26, 2009

Greenest City

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Urban Agriculture Manager

Application deadline: Thursday February 12, 2009 @ 5:00 pm EST.

Start date: late-March

Location: Parkdale, Toronto, Canada

Greenest City is a community-based organization dedicated to solutions that inspire diverse communities to green Toronto. Our innovative programs connect people to local food, to each other, and to opportunity. In the past three years Greenest City has focussed on growing local food and local leaders as a key to healthy community development in Parkdale. In 2008, Greenest City was one of 10 organizations chosen to receive The Wellesley Institute's "10 in 10" Urban Health Award that recognizes the "unsung" heroes that have made a significant contribution to the health of urban communities in the GTA from 1998-2008.

Greenest City has four integrated program streams: urban agriculture, youth, healthy communities and jobs & skills. Programs focus on making Parkdale a more food secure & sovereign neighbourhood. The Urban Agriculture Manager will be responsible for the management and delivery of the urban agriculture program.

Urban Agriculture Program

The Greenest City urban agriculture program seeks to promote urban agriculture in Parkdale, engage volunteers, and connect people to each other and to food. Urban agriculture components include three community gardens, the H.O.P. E. (Healthy Organic Parkdale Edibles) garden (a plotted garden), the Milky Way (a market garden), and the Dunn Garden (a programmed garden for youth and public education). In addition, we also maintain several native plant gardens, work with the local high school to support their garden, run workshops, field trips, and an in-depth youth leadership program.

Responsibilities: Read More >>

posted January 17, 2009

HEAD GARDENER

Black Creek Pioneer Village

1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON, M3J 2P3

Full - Time Position

DIVISION: Parks and Culture

SALARY RANGE: -Range 6- $49,406 to $54,999 per annum

SUMMARY OF FUNCTION: To maintain and improve gardens and grounds at Black Creek Pioneer Village (B.C.P.V.), with appropriate 19th century plant material. To provide and assist with programming on horticultural and agricultural subjects. Provide excellent customer and client services. Occupational Health and Safety is a major responsibility of this position.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of 19th century Ontario horticultural and agricultural practices and plant materials;
  • Knowledge of sustainable and organic land management practices;
  • Minimum 3 years experience maintaining gardens and grounds;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Or equivalent knowledge;
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License.

EXAMPLE OF TASKS: Perform the following tasks under general supervision.

1. Input into the annual garden plan and the implementation of the plan. Read More >>

posted January 06, 2009

Children's Garden and Eco Programs

 (January 06, 2009)

JOB POSTING – WASTE DIVERSION EDUCATOR

Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, deliver and evaluate interactive and creative

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posted January 06, 2009

Children's Garden and Eco Programs

 (January 06, 2009)

JOB POSTING – Eco Camp Assistant Counsellor/Instructor

Major Responsibilities

  • Assists with the implementation and evaluation of Eco Camp programming in nature exploration and organic gardening

Read More >>

posted January 06, 2009

Children's Garden and Eco Programs

 (January 06, 2009)

JOB POSTING - Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Program Expansion Assistant

Major Responsibilities

  • Supports the administration, coordination and delivery of Children’s Garden & Exploring Toronto Programs and community events

Read More >>

posted January 06, 2009

Children's Garden and Eco Programs

 (January 06, 2009)

JOB POSTING – Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Program Co-ordinator/ Eco Camp Counsellor

Major Responsibilities

  • Develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates programs and activities related to children’s gardening and outdoor environmental education/recreation

Read More >>

 

Positions Open for Applications, 2008

posted October 21, 2008

Part-Time Volunteer Coordinator

The Stop Community Food Centre

Part-time Volunteer Coordinator (22.5 hours / week)

The Stop Community Food Centre strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. We are looking for someone to co-ordinate volunteers for programming at both Stop sites:

  • 1884 Davenport Rd.
  • and the new Green Barn Sustainable Food Production and Education Centre.

We are looking for someone who is sensitive, energetic and creative, who shares our commitment to progressive community development, food security and social justice and who can contribute to our flexible and cooperative workplace culture.

 

Responsibilities

Read More >>

posted October 21, 2008

Garden and Education Worker

Garden and Education Worker

Full-time, permanent

The Stop’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. We operate in the Davenport West neighbourhood, offering food access programs, food skills education and advocacy/civic engagement programming on income security. The Stop runs an urban agriculture program including community gardens, greenhouse production and community food security education with children and youth. We are looking for a person who shares our community development philosophy to work with the Urban Agriculture Coordinator and Education Coordinator to maintain the winter greenhouse and summer garden programs and facilitate education activities with children, youth and adults. The Stop will be opening a new sustainable food production and education facility, the Green Barn, in November 2008, and the majority of the work will happen at this site.

Responsibilities:

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posted August 20, 2008

Manager, Health Promotion (Food Strategy Development)

Public Health Division in the City of Toronto

This is an exciting time to join the Public Health Division in the City of Toronto, and make your contribution in the following key role.

File Reference #: X8CSA16094

Major Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Director of Planning and Policy, the Acting Manager will be responsible for:
  • Managing the development of a Toronto Food Strategy and accompanying action plan over the next year, with the Medical Officer of Health as lead and chair of the Food strategy steering group.
  • Overseeing the writing of all BOH reports, reports to the Food Strategy Steering Group, updates to Toronto Public Health and key City of Toronto staff.
  • Working with Toronto Public Health Communications to develop resources for a public engagement strategy, for input from key stakeholders and Toronto Public Health staff.
  • Identifying and maintaining effective inter-sectoral linkages with community and non-profit organizations, the business sector, provincial and federal orders of government.
  • Facilitating appropriate linkages within Toronto Public Health, across City divisions and with key community organizations and academic institutions to ensure the food strategy work builds on existing initiatives.
  • Acting as a primary contact for Toronto Public Health in establishing collaborative inter-departmental relationships within the City related to food issues.
  • Managing the development of a comprehensive project plan for the food strategy including identification of project resources, time-lines and appropriate project development processes.
  • Providing strategic analysis, managing complex information and sometimes competing policy directions, in order to provide effective advice and guidance to assigned food strategy staff and the food strategy steering group.

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posted August 19, 2008

Family Support Worker

Part-time position

The Stop Community Food Center strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. The Family Support Worker works to enhance the health of pregnant women, babies, and mothers with new babies at The Stop Community Food Centre through home visits. Specific activities include: intake and assessment, supportive counseling (nutrition, budgeting, infant care etc.), information, referral, and follow-up.

Responsibilities:

  • Explain program goals, objectives and policies to participants
  • Assess participants to determine supports required
  • Provide assistance to locate community resources by providing information, referrals, supportive accompaniment and follow-up
  • Visit participants in their home and in the community
  • Advocate on behalf of participants
  • Monitor expenses related to participant support
  • Maintain written records of client contacts
  • Attend and participate in team meetings
  • Attend monthly consultation meetings
  • Support Healthy Beginnings perinatal program, through outreach and in-program individual support

Qualifications:

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posted July 23, 2008

Cook – part-time (10 hours per week)

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

The Stop Community Food Centre works to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. We are looking for a skilled cook to work in our busy lunch program.

Responsibilities:

Under supervision of The Stop’s Community Chef, work with volunteers to prepare, help serve and ensure clean-up after nutritious meals for 2 busy (150 people +) weekly drop-in lunches

Assist with menu planning

Carry out kitchen cleaning and maintenance for shift

Qualifications

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posted July 23, 2008

Events and Corporate Fundraising Co-ordinator

:

Full-time Permanent

The Stop Community Food Centre is a leading edge, nationally respected non-profit organization that’s been on the front lines of tackling hunger and poverty in Toronto for over 30 years. The Stop’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality.

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Events and Corporate Fundraising Co-ordinator is an integral part of the fundraising team and is responsible for identifying, cultivating and stewarding corporate partners and co-ordinating all aspects of our fundraising events.

Responsibilities

Maintain positive relationships with existing corporate partners and identify new ones through research and by working with board members and other volunteers

Develop/implement an overall plan for events and corporate fundraising

Prepare funding/sponsorship proposals and other communication materials

Develop and manage a stewardship and recognition program

Establish and build relationships with local businesses

Co-ordinate and grow What’s on the Table, The Stop's signature annual fundraising event

Organize and promote other fundraising events

Qualifications

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Community Garden Assistant

Community Garden Assistant At The Stop http://www.thestop.org/

(1 full-time, 12 week contract)

The Stop Community Food Centre uses food and food access as a tool for community development in the Davenport West neighbourhood of Toronto. The Stop runs a community garden program in two sites, which include a vegetable garden, naturalized gardens, and an outdoor bake oven. We are looking for one person to assist the Urban Agriculture Coordinator in maintaining the garden and involving members of the community (volunteers, program participants, vulnerable adults, seniors, children and youths).

  • Note: this is an HRSDC funded position. Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school and returning to school in the fall.

Responsibilities:

Assist the Urban Agriculture Coordinator in the following tasks:

Supporting volunteers in garden maintenance tasks (weeding, watering, harvesting, etc.)

Additional garden maintenance as needed

Operating a weekly pizza-making session at an outdoor bake oven

Conducting garden tours for visitors (individuals and groups)

Organizing special events

Working with children and youth who visit the gardens

Designing and facilitating environmental education activities

Promoting the garden project with neighbours, potential volunteers and other members of the community

Qualifications:

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posted May 09, 2008

Climate Change Garden Program

Field to Table Schools http://foodshare.net/

Climate Change Garden Program Development and Outreach Staff:

FoodShare is seeking an educator to implement a food and climate change program–

including the benefits of composting,

supporting local food,

organic gardening and the environmental value of trees,

comfortable with public speaking and possessing a working knowledge of gardening,

composting and community development.

This is a one-year contract from June 2008 to June 2009, $36,000 plus generous benefits plans.

Please see website posting for a list of items that need to be submitted to Meredith Hayes at fttschools@foodshare.net

or fax to (416) 363-0474,

or by mail to:

FoodShare

90 Croatia Street,

Toronto,

ON M6H 1K9.

Click here for complete job posting

http://foodshare.net/upcoming-jobs-ftts2.htm

 

Previously Available Positions

 

posted July 05, 2008

Horticulture Coordinator

(Permanent, full-time position)

The Stop Community Food Centre (The Stop) works to increase people’s access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. In the fall of 2008, The Stop will open the Green Barn, a sustainable food production and education centre that will actively engage people to grow, eat, learn about, advocate for and celebrate healthy, local food.

We are seeking a Horticulture Coordinator to operate the new 3,000 square foot year-round organic (non-certified) greenhouse, sheltered garden and compost demonstration site. This person will also provide seedlings and garden planning support to the 8,000 square foot Earlscourt Park Community Garden. The ideal candidate will have the capacity to share their knowledge about growing with community members in workshops and volunteer sessions. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food in the city and can contribute to a cooperative, skilled and dedicated team.

Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate vegetable and seedling production for The Stop’s programs in a year-round, organic greenhouse
  • Maintain greenhouse systems (climate control, irrigation)
  • Supervise staff, students and volunteers in the greenhouse
  • Coordinate sheltered garden and compost demonstration site in conjunction with the Urban Agriculture Coordinator
  • Collaborate on the design and delivery of education programs

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posted May 09, 2008

Field to Table Schools Development and Outreach Staff

Field to Table Schools Development and Outreach Staff

http://foodshare.net/index.htm

FoodShare is seeking an educator with a strong understanding of the food system,

including nutrition and cooking,

gardening and composting,

to organize Field to Table programs in schools,

connecting Farms to Schools and Schools to Farms,

creating educational programs and activities that promote a local and Greenbelt food system.

This is a one-year contract from June 2008 to June 2009, $36,000 plus generous benefits plans.

Please email or fax your resume and cover letter to

Meredith Hayes at fttschools@foodshare

or fax to (416) 363-0474.

click here for complete job posting

http://foodshare.net/upcoming-jobs-FTTS3.htm

posted May 09, 2008

Schools Garden Program Development

Field to Table Schools Garden Program Development and Outreach Staff

http://foodshare.net/index.htm

FoodShare is seeking a gardener and educator with a strong understanding of the benefits of school and community gardening , comfortable with public speaking and possessing a working knowledge of gardening,

composting and community development.

This is a one-year contract from June 2008 to June 2009, $36,000 plus generous benefits plans.

Please email or fax your resume and cover letter to

Meredith Hayes at fttschools@foodshare

or fax to (416) 363-0474.

click here for complete job posting

http://foodshare.net/upcoming-jobs-ftts1.htm

posted May 09, 2008

Seed Saving Educator

Seed Saving Educator

(1 part-time, contract position)

The Toronto Community Garden Network is hiring a Seed Saving Educator for a part-time position to promote and teach community gardeners across Toronto about the importance of heritage seeds, seed-saving and seed storage.

The Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN) is made up of interested and energetic individuals and organizations who are committed to gardening across the City of Toronto and to making community gardening an integral part of city life. We work to encourage a healthy community gardening movement in the City of Toronto, supporting and linking community gardeners.

Seeds of Diversity, Canada's largest non-profit seed conservation organization, will provide hands-on seed-saving training of heritage vegetable and fruit crops to the successful candidate.

Responsibilities:

Design and offer seed saving workshops in community gardens, farmers' markets and Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN) and other gardening events.

Offer support to community gardens for their seed saving initiatives

Lead seed packaging events at TCGN member locations.

Conduct outreach for the seed saving project, workshops and even ts Attend relevant Seeds of Diversity and TCGN meetings

Work with TCGN members to identify appropriate garden sites

Keep records of activities and submit report to Seeds of Diversity

Qualifications:

Read More >>

posted May 09, 2008

Urban Agriculture Assistant

Urban Agriculture Assistant

(1 part-time, 6 month contract with possibility of renewal)

The Stop’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. We operate in the Davenport West neighbourhood, offering food access programs, food skills education and advocacy/civic engagement programming on income security. The Stop runs an urban agriculture program including community gardens, greenhouse production and community food security education with children and youth. We are looking for a person who shares our community development philosophy to assist the Urban Agriculture Coordinator in maintaining the winter greenhouse and summer garden programs and involving members of the community. The Stop will be opening a new sustainable food production and education facility, the Green Barn, in October 2008, and this position will work across both sites.

Responsibilities:

Support volunteers during garden and greenhouse work sessions

Work to create a garden group dynamic that is conducive to mutual support and, where need is identified, connect individuals to community supports

Work in the greenhouse and garden to: maintain sanitary conditions, start seeds, monitor growth, identify and respond to plant health issues, and ensure the harvest is distributed to The Stop’s programs

Develop and conduct environmental education activities with visiting children and youth

Promote the Urban Agriculture program with neighbours, potential volunteers and other members of the community

Work with Urban Agriculture Coordinator and other garden staff to organize special events and integrate garden program with other Stop programs

Qualifications:

Read More >>

posted May 09, 2008

Work At FoodShare

Job Postings: May 5, 2008

Click on the link to see more detailed information about FoodShare

http://foodshare.net/

Focus on Food Youth Program Coordinator:

FoodShare is seeking an experienced youth counselor or program worker to coach, support and supervise 12 youth who face significant barriers in their lives to acquiring and maintaining employment while coordinating all aspects of the program. This position will run from June 2008 to January 2009 with potential for renewal provided funding for another youth project is secured. $40,000 plus generous benefits plans.

Please see website posting for a list of items that need to be submitted to Daniel Hoffmann

at daniel@foodshare.net, or

fax to (416) 363-0474, or

by mail to

FoodShare

90 Croatia Street,

Toronto,

ON M6H 1K9.

click here for complete job posting at FoodShare

http://foodshare.net/upcoming-jobs-FOF508.htm

posted May 02, 2008

Garden Programs Educator

Job Opportunity – Garden Programs Educator

At Greenest City http://www.greenestcity.ca/

Salary: $17/hr, 24 hrs/wk (negotiable)

Contract: 20 weeks, May 19th – October 3rd (negotiable)

Greenest City coordinates a project called From the Ground UP. The initiative is centred around several community food gardens in Parkdale. In addition to a vibrant and diverse volunteer gardener’s community, we employ 6 youth as garden animators and environmental leaders. This position will assist in designing and running educational garden workshops for youth, children and the general public.

Work Tasks and Responsibilities: Read More >>

posted May 02, 2008

Program Assistant, Evergreen Brick Works

Title: Program Assistant,

Evergreen Brick Works http://www.evergreen.ca/en/

Overview Statement: This Program Assistant position will play an integral role in supporting and delivering community programs and special events at Evergreen Brick Works over the busy spring, summer and fall seasons.

The Program Assistant will be the organization’s guru in maintaining an inventory of resources, being a knowledgeable ambassador for Evergreen Brick Works, as well as a communications and scheduling expert.

This position would be suited for a motivated individual interested in community engagement, education and being part of the solution to making cities livable.

Responsibilities: Read More >>

posted May 02, 2008

Youth Program Coordinator

JOB OPPORTUNITY – Youth Program Coordinator

Greenest City http://www.greenestcity.ca/

Salary: $15 per hour, full time hours

Contract: 14 weeks, starting May 26, 2008 (negotiable)

Greenest City coordinates a project called From the Ground UP. The initiative is centred around a new youth food garden in Parkdale, and employs 6 youth (the Youth Green Squad) as garden animators and environmental leaders. This position will coordinate this 8-week intensive summer youth leadership program.

  • Note: this is an HRSDC funded position. Applicants must be 15- 30 years of age, currently attending school and returning to school in the fall.

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posted April 08, 2008

Job Announcement: Gardener/Instructor for Urban Argriculture and Landscaping Program for Youth

Applications due: April 16, 2008

Job Description

The Gardener/Instructor will join the staff at Second Base Youth Sheter in facilitating and developing our Urban Agriculture Youth Leadership Program. In this program, approximately 15 Youth from Toronto are employed to grow food, and are introduced to urban agriculture and the intersections between food, health, social enterprise, and community involvement.

The role of the Gardener/Instructor:

  • Provide training, support, and mentorship in a unique setting for youth to improve life skills, employment training, while gaining vital knowledge of sustainable urban agriculture.

Gardener/Instructor will take part in the preparation, I implementation, and evaluation of daily programming.

  • Oversee and support youth involved in the vegetable, fruit, and herb growing. Youth should learn the principles of succession planting planning, budgeting strategy for small vegetable gardening venture, assessing costs, and plant care.
  • Train interested residents and youth from the Drop-In in a broad variety of topics relating to sustainable urban agriculture/horticulture in a variety of gardening topics such as, cultural requirements for plants, growing plants from seed, composting, planting, caring for plants, watering, controlling, mitigating disease and pests, fertilizing, harvesting, preserving, and packaging produce and herbs, for farmers’ markets, auctions, and Second Base special events.
  • The Gardener/Instructor will assist Summer Program Youths to have the opportunity to develop skills in urban agriculture, teamwork, facilitation and leadership development, and will be encouraged to pursue additional individual learning goals while working within a supportive, energetic community.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working directly with Youth and volunteers on the vegetable garden and landscaped areas by facilitating farm work/garden animation and community-building activities.
  • Motivate, encourage, and support 15 youth participants in what may be their first work experience
    • Bring positive energy to the work
    • Setup and cleanup of materials and site
    • Dependable attendance
  • Provides positive outdoor farming/gardening experiences for youth
  • Track, monitor and evaluate programs; including developing program workplans, keeping statistics, recording activities and outcomes, as well as producing regular reports
  • Completes related administrative duties and written evaluations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience and knowledge of horticulture, specifically vegetable and herb gardening
  • Experience working with youth
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work within a fluid environment
  • Experience in working independently as well as in groups
  • Ability to work with and supervise people of all ages, especially youth
  • Administrative, organizational, research, and program skills
  • Good communication and public relations skills
  • Willing to work up to 20-25hours per week

Period of Employment Contract:

From April 21 – September 30, (end date flexible) 20 hours/week at $ 17/h Some evening or weekend work may be required

Who we are:

Second Base Youth Shelter is a not for profit organization located in Scarborough, Ontario. We have a 56 bed occupancy, servicing otherwise homeless, at-risk youth between the ages of 16-21. We provide a safe haven for young people in need of assistance, providing not only the necessities such as a safe place to sleep, clothing and three well balanced meals a day, but in addition, valuable counseling and programming such as our onsite Alternative Youth G.E.D. program, Kitchen and Food Services Youth Training, as well as Housing, employment support in our Drop-In facility, and the Urban Agriculture Youth Training Program. We accommodate approximately 700 youth annually.

Our Urban Argriculture and Landscaping Program for Youth is now in its second year running. Training is available to the individual we hire for Gardener/Instructor position.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2008.

Please send your resume AND cover letter (Microsoft Word) by mail, fax, e-mail or in person to:

Manager Horticulture Program Second Base Youth Shelter 702 Kennedy Road Toronto, ON, Email: mcrowe@secondbaseyouthshelter.org Fax: 416 261 2739 Phone: 416 414 7679, 416 261 2733 EXT 129

In recognition of the strength of our multi-cultural environment and in service of our mission at Second Base Youth Shelter will support the growth and development of all employees and prospective employees, youth participants and our broader community without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


posted February 13, 2008

Looking for an enthusiastic, skilled workshop leader, fuji eco-park, Japan

Fuji Eco-park is looking for a bright, enthusiastic and capable person to run Urban Permaculture workshops over the Japanese spring/summer/Autumn season. Set beneath the awe-inspiring mountain, three hours from Tokyo, this eco-technology park and Permaculture demonstration site is now in its 8th year. It has a stream of guests and WWOOFers, increasing in the summer months, who come for inspiration and pleasure. Last year, Fuji Eco-park's home-made electric vehicle won first place in the 2007 E.V. race, beating teams from Japan's biggest car manufacturers and universities. The message this place gives is that nobody is too small to make a big difference. All we have to do is get into creative action, keep on clambering over our mistakes, and the obstacles the world puts in our way. The beautiful center house is modern-traditional, eco-architecture created from two reclaimed farmhouses. Go to http://fujiecoparksummerschool.blogspot.com/ to see the Eco-park, and the job outline.

The goals of participants in each weekend workshop will be to use and improve their English, get Urban Permaculture skills and inspiration, to make new friends, a new culture, and to have fun. The workshop leader will be someone with the skills to make that happen. Employment is from April until November 2008, and work is around 4 days a week, negotiable. Accommodation, food, car, and a small salary of around A$300 will be provided(in Japanese yen) Air fare will be partially reimbursed, and your visa will be sponsored. Time and materials will be provided for you to make your own creative Permaculture systems (food or technology), or to study Japanese if you wish.

Other duties will be to take care of international WWOOFers and guests, to help other staff members improve their English, and bring fresh skills to the workings of this educational center, now in its 8th year, and still growing and developing.

The successful applicant will be observant, well-presented, action-oriented, and an excellent communicator, preferably either female or a couple. Conditions and payment negotiable. This is a good job for someone wishing to start a cross-cultural career in Permaculture. Experience in creating an innovative, attractive, low-energy life is more important than an extensive knowledge of Permaculture theory. You will have an experienced facilitator to work with you to devise the the curriculum, which will cover topics such as worm compost, balcony gardening, low-energy heating and cooling your home, LETS (local exchange trading systems), community gardening, creative water reclaiming, and more. You will also be assisted with creating promotional plan for courses later in the season.

For more information, or to send in an application and resume, please contact Cecilia. cecilia'at'ocean.com.au Australia +61-412-474-282. (mobile) +61 3 9329-4492
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posted January 16, 2008

Position: Assistant Project Manager/Garden Projects Coordinator

Organization: Greenest City greenestcity.net

Application deadline: January 18th, 2008 Start date: February 3, 2008 Location: Toronto, Canada

Assistant Project Manager (full-time, 16 week contract, with possibility of extension)

Greenest City’s project, From the Ground UP, is an initiative is centred around urban food production with marginalized communities in Parkdale, and employs youth as garden animators and environmental leaders. This position will initially assist mostly in the office with the design and securing of funds for the project, but could continue in the role of garden coordinator or project coordinator depending on interest and funds available. For more information on the project, see the website.

Responsibilities:

Assist in securing funds for the project Write reports to funders. Update website and other communications materials Responsible for pre-season garden planning Assist in hiring other staff Develop and maintain relationships with core program partners Participate on the steering committee of the HOPE Community Garden Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs Ensure community outreach is undertaken to attract community members to the above programming Ensure appropriate monitoring of program budgets Oversee donor appreciation events and updates to funders Maintain current knowledge of key computer applications used by staff (Word, Excel, Blogging) and be able to assist other staff with computer needs.

Report to the Greenest City Project Manager

Qualifications:

Excellent interpersonal and written skills. Experience writing fundraising proposals. Experience with organic food production and gardening. Experience working in an office environment. Computer and layout skills, including Excel, Photoshop. Website skills an asset. Demonstrated interest in the environment. Interest and willingness to ride a bicycle Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse community (people of different ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds) Ability to speak a language relevant to the South Parkdale neighbourhood considered a strong asset

Salary: $11,900 for 16 week contract (appox $18.50/hour). Hours: 40 hours/week for 16 weeks Start date: February 3/08

Please submit your resumé by at 5:00pm on January 18th, 2008 TO Hiring Committee, Greenest City c/o Masaryk Cowan CRC, 220Cowan Ave, TO, M6K 2N6 or email to: shannon [at] greenestcity dot net We will not accept late resumés.

Greenest City is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. We regret that only those applicants being considered will be contacted.

 

 

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