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Gardener Helper: Community Garden Assistant

Interested applicants can send a Cover Letter and Resume to work@haltonenvironment.ca

The Halton Environmental Network (HEN) is seeking a Gardener Helper: Community Garden Assistant for our garden education  programs, designed to support residents in sustainable gardening practices. Through workshops, youth will share knowledge on  urban agriculture, sustainable gardening methods for improved food security and environmental stewardship with residents of all  ages. They will also support climate change education within Halton by linking food system knowledge to larger environmental topics  such as food waste reduction and increasing urban biodiversity/pollinator habitat. They must be willing to develop their knowledge on  various aspects of sustainable gardening and vegetable production. The Environmental Program Coordinator will work at Halton  Community Housing sites, municipal parks, and with HEN’s partner organizations. 

Youth will work to develop trust and relationships between gardeners and community members of diverse backgrounds and abilities.  This role supports and reports directly to HEN’s Director of Garden Programs and the Community Garden Manager & Green Space Educator.

At HEN we envision a future where the environment and people are resilient and thriving. Our work strives to empower communities  to accelerate meaningful climate action. That work requires people of diverse backgrounds, knowledge, experiences, and abilities to  innovate solutions together. HEN is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and works continuously to build a  supportive environment that reflects our vision. We encourage people from all walks of life to join our team and contribute to the  success of our mission. 

Tasks and Responsibilities 

Garden programs: 

  • Assist in planting/maintaining gardens at community housing sites, municipal parks, and with partner organizations, using  sustainable gardening methods and practices 
  • Assist in planning/delivering workshops for various ages and experience levels 
  • Outreach with residents to increase workshop participation 
  • Work with local schools, day camps, and children’s programs to deliver food, garden, and environmental-themed programs
  • Assist in running themed activities to engage seniors in local community gardens 
  • Follow the program schedule set by the Community Garden Coordinator, GreenSpace Educator and Director of Garden Programs
  • Strengthen and maintain relationships with residents and partner organizations  
  • Harvest produce and deliver surplus to local food security organizations, as required
  • Maintain garden tools, equipment, and supplies in proper working order 
  • Help with the distribution of seeds/seedlings to gardens and partner organizations 

Communication:  

  • Track and report on program metrics and activities, e.g. participant numbers, weight of harvested produce
  • Track and report on program expenses 
  • Outreach to develop community and partner relationships 
  • Assist in developing social media content related to the gardens, workshops, and sustainable practices
  • Write short reports on garden maintenance and workshops, as required 
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisors/co-workers/volunteers 

Skills and attributes: 

  • Knowledge/Interest in sustainable gardening, including permaculture 
  • Desire to create a positive impact in the community through the growing and sharing food 
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and as part of a team 
  • Experience/willingness to work with people of all ages 
  • Experience developing workshops and programs for different age and skill levels
  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to communicate professionally with partners, community members, and co-workers 
  • Knowledge of local food programs and organizations in Halton Region 
  • Must be able to travel to garden sites throughout Halton 
  • Ability to work outside in varying weather conditions 
  • Experience in planning and/or leading cooking workshops would be an asset 

Requirements:

  • Police reference check - vulnerable sector 
  • Youth must be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of their employment
  • Youth must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada, as per the Canada Summer Jobs funding requirements.

Anticipated start date 

June 17, 2024 

Number of weeks  

10 

Hours per week  

35

Hourly Wage

$16.55

*Position dependant on receiving funding

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