Join our Community Gardens Team

Community Garden Program Leads

Number of positions available: 2

Location: 6 community garden sites in Oakville and Burlington

Contract position: 12-14 hours/week

Contract period: May 1-September 15, 2017 (depending on funding)

The Halton Food Council (HFC) is an independent, volunteer-based non-profit organization representing a broad range of sectors and interests across the food system in Halton Region. Our mission is to promote and support a sustainable local food system and to inspire people into action.

Since 2015, the HFC has partnered with multiple organizations to establish community gardens on community housing sites in Halton and to offer gardening programs to residents. In 2017, weekly gardening and food literacy workshops will be delivered in conjunction with other programs (homework clubs, drop-in day camps, community dinners, cooking classes, movie nights, and arts classes) to achieve a variety of community development goals. Project partners include ArtHouse, Community Development Halton, Halton Community Housing Corporation and Ecosource.

From May to September 2017, the Community Garden Program Leads (one in Burlington and one in Oakville) will be working with the Community Garden Program Manager, the Community Food Network Manager, summer students and project partners to deliver weekly evening drop-in art and gardening classes that teach children and adults about cultivation, growing, and garden maintenance skills.  We are looking for energetic, skilled and compassionate individuals to join our team.

Responsibilities

  • Work as a team to prepare and deliver weekly curriculum to children and adults in 6 gardens.
  • Direct and supervise student interns.
  • Track garden related program statistics by recording program participation, distributing surveys, and maintaining an issues log.
  • Engage in outreach activities with students to encourage participation by community members.
  • Maintain effective communication between volunteers, community members, partners, and students.
  • Prepare bi-weekly update reports for the HFC.
  • Occasionally act as a representative of the HFC at community garden outreach events.

 Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of one year’s related garden and educational experience (additional training will be provided).
  • Strong team building skills and experience mentoring youth.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively with multiple partners.
  • Excellent gardening skills and knowledge of organic gardening techniques.
  • Strong belief in creating social change by empowering individuals and families to produce their own food.
  • Physically able to perform some manual labour including weeding, planting vegetables, and moving tables in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Responsible and creative approach to tasks and problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to deal compassionately with individuals of different backgrounds, ages, and abilities.
  • English speaking, and fluency in a language represented in our gardens community an asset (French, Arabic, Urdu, and Russian)
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Able to work during the day, evenings, and occasional weekends.
  • Familiarity with Burlington or Oakville an asset.

 If you are interested, please send a personalized cover letter (maximum 1 page) outlining your fit with our team and this position, and your resume (maximum 2 pages) via e-mail to: haltonfoodcouncil@gmail.ca and reference ‘Community Garden Program Lead’ in the subject line.

 HFC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified persons.

 We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please.

 Deadline: April 16, 2017 at midnight.