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12 May 2022

Contract Garden Helper

Start Me Up Niagara – Posted by natasha nasato St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Position Summary:

The position offers the chance for students to directly apply their skills and make a difference improving food security to people living in poverty. Students will participate in the food production-distribution-consumption chain. Using knowledge in horticulture or agriculture, they will work with a team of employees, participants and volunteers to plan, plant, cultivate, and harvest produce from Start Me Up Niagara’s mini-farm plot. In addition, they will help process and distribute produce to the center’s kitchen/feeding programs or to people living in poverty seeking affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Education in horticulture, farming/community garden procedures, and/or food security is required.

This position is funded through the Government of Canada Summer jobs program to be eligible to apply you must be between the ages of 15-30 and resuming post-secondary education in the Fall of 2022.

This position is a fixed term contract of 8 weeks. Position will start mid May 2022.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm with an expected 35 hours of work per week.  Rate of pay is $16.00 per hour.

As part of the Employment team you will help SMUN meet its program objectives. This position has a variety of responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Farm Manager in daily operations
  • Assist with crop planning
  • Help maintain farm with the help of staff and volunteers
  • Cooperate with community partners
  • Help with planning and implementation of weekly planting schedule
  • Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation
  • Cultivation activities
  • Irrigation planning and implementation
  • Help harvest, market and deliver
  • Able to work in the field, outdoor classroom and office including hard repetitive physical work
  • Some evening or special event hours may be required
  • Current driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • Comfortable operating farm equipment
  • Good interpersonal skills

Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a team environment with proven leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with groups
  • Demonstrated good organizational and record keeping skills
  • Demonstrated farm experience and working knowledge of farm infrastructure
  • Experience in growing using organic/biodynamic principles
  • Experience working with farm machinery
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • Demonstrated good communication skills
  • Ability to repeatedly lift 50 pounds
  • Self-motivated, cooperative and flexible

Requirements:

  • Education in or volunteering in a front-line capacity in a community setting
  • Education in working with persons facing barriers especially as related to mental health, substance use, and trauma
  • Experience in employment services an asset but not required
  • Excellent literacy in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Strong written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills in English
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving and decision making under pressure
  • Ability to work as a team and on your own with little supervision
  • Satisfactory clearance under the Vulnerable Sector Police Check Program
  • Must be qualified to legally work in Canada
  • Must be between the ages of 15-30
  • Must be willing to comply with Covid-19 protocols which includes wearing masks and undergoing regular COVID-19 RAT testing

How to Apply

TO APPLY:  please send your resume and cover letter to:  hr@startmeupniagara.ca   We thank all candidates for their interest in advance.  Due to volume we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

Job Categories: Horticulture. Job Types: Contract. Salaries: To be determined.

Job expires in 19 days.

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