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Part-time Community Developer and Urban Gardener, Connaught Yard Garden Project

The Connaught Yard Garden Project is looking for a community gardener to work with local residents and organizations to maintain the community garden at the Connaught Streetcar Yard in east Toronto.

Key Responsibilities

  • Revitalize and expand local garden committee
  • Work with the committee, the SH Armstrong recreation centre, other gardening clubs, and other stakeholders to develop long-term maintenance plan

Duties

  • Organize and lead spring clean-up of the garden
  • Map current garden and teach volunteer gardeners about maintenance of native plants as part of long-term maintenance strategy
  • Integrate new plants as necessary for the 2008 season
  • Participate in regular physical maintenance of the garden
  • Organize meetings and recruit new members, including ensuring record-keeping
  • Recruits and supervises local volunteers and other support staff
  • Record minutes, maintain files, report writing
  • Update database on committee members, supporters, and funders
  • Act as spokesperson for the Connaught Garden, including working with media, developing outreach materials including a web site and other appropriate communication strategies.
  • Seek new forms of sponsorship and grants to ensure long-term sustainability
  • Prepare and present long-term maintenance to stakeholders by the end of the summer
  • Organize fall clean up and prepare garden for the winter

Skills and Abilities

  • A passion for gardening
  • Self-starter who can work independently in an unstructured and changeable environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with people of all ages and cultures and understand their concerns
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and facilitate meetings and organize project schedules
  • Excellent problem solving skills and decision-making skills
  • Proficient in basic computer applications, data analysis and computer learning skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends to ensure the success of the project

Educational Qualifications and Experience

  • Gardening knowledge and skills a must, experience and interest in native plants an asset
  • Post-secondary education in environmental studies, urban gardening, education or related field and/or equivalent work experience
  • Previous experience in community-based projects, coordinating community gardens will be an asset
  • Experience working in the non-profit/community services sector

Conditions and Benefits

  • This is a part-time, contract position for 12 hours weekly for 4 to 5 months 
  • Salary is $15 per hour

Start Date: Immediately

Please submit letter and resume by May 16, 2008 to
Bonnie Heath
416 465 9637
bonnie@bonnieheath.com