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The Stop is currently hiring for the position of Community Garden Coordinator:
Community Garden Coordinator
(37.5h/week, seasonal contract, March 16th to Nov 30th)
The Stop Community Food Centre began over 30 years ago as one of North America’s first food banks, and has grown into a vibrant community centre, using food as a gateway to addressing many issues, including poverty, the environment, social isolation, and health. The Stop runs urban agriculture programs at several sites in the Davenport West and Wychwood Heights neighbourhoods of Toronto, which include vegetable gardens, a greenhouse, and naturalized gardens.
We are looking for an individual to join our team to co-ordinate Earlscourt Park Community Garden and gardening activities at the 1884 Davenport Road location, as well as one program at Hillcrest Park Garden. This person will be responsible for maintaining the gardens, involving members of the community (volunteers, program participants, vulnerable adults, seniors, and youth), and delivering programming.
Reports to: Green Barn Manager
Supervises: Community Garden Assistant, paid summer students
Coordinating Garden Programs
- Undertake yearly planning of the gardens, including planting schedule, seed ordering, crop rotation, maintenance schedule, etc.;
- Ensure that all garden-related duties are performed and gardens are well-equipped and maintained;
- Work closely with the volunteer department on recruitment and support of garden volunteers across the season;
- Facilitate involvement of other Stop programs, as well as outside groups and organizations, in Earlscourt Park Community Garden;
- Lead, and/or support other garden staff to lead, multiple weekly volunteer gardening sessions at Earlscourt, and one weekly session at Hillcrest Garden with the Sagatay men’s program from the Native Men’s Residence;
- Work with Stop staff to incorporate garden produce into The Stop’s programs;
- Work with greenhouse staff at The Stop’s Green Barn to produce seedlings;
- Maintain and foster relationships with project partners (NaMeRes/Sagatay, Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, Toronto Parks and Recreation, etc.);
- Conduct evaluations and maintain program records;
- Work with seasonal staff to coordinate special events and projects for gardeners and the broader community (including open houses and field trips);
- Work with other urban agriculture staff to coordinate annual gardening workshop series;
- Connect garden volunteers to external events, educational opportunities, and community resources by providing info and making referrals, and support seasonal staff to do the same.
- Participate in necessary meetings;
- Ensure Community Garden programs reflect The Stop’s policies and procedures (e.g. Anti-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment, Health and Safety, etc.);
- Supervise and participate in hiring and training of Community Garden staff;
- Recruit, train, and supervise placement students;
- Contribute to writing program reports and funding proposals;
- Maintain expense records and other administrative records as required;
- Support occasional organization-wide events, such as our annual Good Food For All Festival.
- Significant experience overseeing community gardens and using organic garden methods;
- Experience coordinating, supervising, and supporting diverse volunteers;
- Commitment to social justice and knowledge of food system issues;
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
- Facilitation experience;
- Supervision experience;
- Ability to work well with a team and independently;
- Demonstrated ability to work with youth and adults from diverse and marginalized communities;
- Conflict resolution skills;
- Ability to speak a language relevant to the neighbourhood is an asset (e.g. Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hungarian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or other);
- Food Handler certificate and First Aid training required (paid training available);
- A valid Ontario driver’s license is required;
- Some evenings and weekends required.
*The successful candidate will be required to undergo a police check and Voluntary Sector Screening.
Hours: 37.5 hours/week
Start Date: March 16, 2015
Please submit your cover letter and résumé by Friday, March 6th, 2015, at 12:00PM to: Hiring Committee – Community Garden Coordinator, The Stop Community Food Centre, 601 Christie St, Box 81, Toronto, ON, M6G 4C7 or email@example.com. No faxes or phone calls please.
The Stop Community Food Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. We regret that only those applicants being considered will be contacted.