Garden & Programs Assistant

Job: Growing Future's Garden & Programming Assistant

Wage: $18.54/hour, 20 hours/week 

Start Date: June 7th, 2021

Eligibility: This is a Canada Summer Jobs position, applications have to be aged between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students are unfortunately not eligible at this time.

Description: Growing Futures is one of the awesome youth programs out of the Parkdale Food Centre. Our program supports youth in realizing their power as Solutionaries by inviting youth to create their own solutions to complex issues. A Solutionary is a made-up word, but it refers to someone who sees opportunity where other people see challenges. A Solutionary is a community builder!

The Job: This position will be a combination of in-person (outdoor) and at-home or in-office work. The Garden & programming assistant will help maintain the gardens out back as well as organize and set up any outdoor workshops that happen. During the summer they will also be working with the youth engagement coordinator for our other youth program- 13: A Social Enterprise, to collaborate on workshops. The garden will be used to showcase new foods to youth (edible flowers, seeing plants as they are growing) and serves as a multi-sensory prop in bringing home the message of the workshops.

Main tasks: 

- plan/maintain our raised garden beds behind the Centre (weeding, watering and general maintenance)

- taking pictures and documenting garden progress/workshops for social media

- being the point person for any volunteers interested in helping out (safely) in the garden

- assisting in the delivery of our social justice workshops to small groups of youth throughout the summer. This includes outreach to community partners as well as organization and coordination of visits.

- lead 2 community workshops in the garden, following COVID protocols by the end of employment

- assist the Program Coordinators in the general tasks of the Growing Futures programming such as updating videos, keeping neat and organized records and creating social media posts.

Desired Knowledge & Skills

- interest in community development, food security and food justice - interest in gardening and growing food - previous gardening knowledge whether through a job or at home, is an asset - Friendly personality and interpersonal skills-the ability to communicate clearly and receive detailed instructions - The ability to work independently without being supervised
- Knowledge and empathy for active engagement with youth from diverse backgrounds (cultural, religion, abilities and socio-economic circumstances);

- A love of food, community, a passion for food literacy, and a firm belief in the importance of community care - A passion for working with young people and creating space for self-empowerment

Reports to: Growing Futures Coordinators Morissa and Karin

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