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Urban Agriculture Youth Engagement Facilitator, FoodShare Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 16, 2009

Urban Agriculture Youth Engagement Facilitator

Job Posting: October 8, 2009
Deadline: October 16th, 2009 at 5pm

FoodShare Toronto is seeking an Urban Agriculture Youth Engagement Facilitator to join the Community and School Food Programs team for a six month position.

This position is a Job Creation Partnership.All applicants must be eligible for employment insurance or have reachback status. If potential applicants are unsure about their current status, please check with your employment insurance counselor. Please indicate status clearly in your cover letter and resume.

FoodShare Toronto is a non-profit organization that works with communities to ensure that everyone has access to healthy and affordable food. At FoodShare we work on food issues "from field to table" - meaning that we focus on the entire system that puts food on our tables: from the growing, processing and distribution of food to its purchasing, cooking and consumption.

The Urban Agriculture Youth Engagement Facilitator will work with high school students and youth program participants to build and maintain urban agriculture demonstrations. The successful applicant will have some gardening experience and basic building capabilities.

Detailed job description:

  • Maintain an organic vegetable garden
  • Maintain and develop indoor growing demonstrations
  • Design, build and maintain a fish and plant growing (aquaponics) system
  • Design, build and maintain a greenhouse greens production system

Qualifications and skills:

  • Some gardening and food growing experience
  • Experience working with youth
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Well organized
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Self-starter
  • Interest in working on food security issues
  • Strong design and research abilities
  • Basic carpentry knowledge and abilities
  • Basic plumbing skills an asset
  • Must be eligible for employment insurance or have reachback status.

Hours and compensation:

37.5 hours per week; this is a Job Creation Partnership position with a pay rate of $423 a week or a higher rate based on the current employment insurance rates that the applicant is eligible for.

How to apply:

Please email, deliver or fax your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like this job and why you would be good at it. Send to attention of:

Ravenna Barker
Fax: (416) 363-0474

90 Croatia Street
Toronto, ON M6H 1K9

Deadline for all applications: October 16th, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.

Start Date: October 26th, 2009

We thank all applicants however we will only contact those candidates selected for an interview.

At FoodShare, we welcome, respect and celebrate diversity, and are nourished by new energy and experiences. We embrace everyone, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, citizenship, creed, record of offenses, martial status, same-sex partnership status, family status, disability, class, ethnic origin, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion or age. Like a healthy garden--which thrives when a wide variety of plants, and insects work together in harmony--diversity makes us strong.