Overview

We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of:

CAMH Garden Coordinator and Community Gardens Lead

At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones and their communities with dignity and joy.

Main Tasks:

This position is responsible for the Sunshine Garden and Greenhouse space at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), as well as facilitating workshops, garden installations, and resource connections for community gardens across the city.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of the Sunshine Garden and Greenhouse for clients of CAMH Queen West location (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), with a focus on building a welcoming and supportive garden model for CAMH volunteers and participants
  • Lead the development and facilitation of educational programming for Communities garden, distribution of supplies and resources during the growing season
  • Manage volunteer/participant recruitment and engagement at CAMH in collaboration with clinical staff; facilitate bi-weekly workshops during the winter and twice-weekly garden sessions during the growing season on all phases of organic growing and composting
  • Supervise and mentor seasonal interns, CAMH peer mentors, and placement students in community garden programs
  • Facilitate connections to the community, such as local organizations, and organizations doing work in food justice
  • Facilitate the distribution of garden produce from the CAMH site including a weekly market stand, cooking programs, and take-home packages for volunteers
  • Collaborate with CAMH staff on ways to incorporate garden produce and space into existing and new program options
  • Develop, schedule, and independently facilitate workshops such as composting, seed starting, and organic pest control for community gardens across the city
  • Respond to public inquiries about community gardens in Toronto, connecting members of the public with existing resources
  • Track all revenues and expenses associated with the Sunshine Garden and community garden workshops
  • Facilitate evaluation processes and reporting
  • Support other Community Food Growing projects as needed (ie. School Grown, Composting,
  • Vermicomposting, and garden installations)
  • Participate in FoodShare staff and team meetings, all staff training, board staff retreat and reporting requirements such as timesheets and handle other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum two years experience working in a social services field (ie. community development work, social work, youth work)
  • Two years of experience gardening, growing food or working with plants in some capacity.
  • Experience facilitating workshops and teaching about food with people of diverse communities – comfortable independently facilitating groups
  • Great people skills (good at delegating tasks, helping people feel valued, energizing groups, managing conflict)
  • Knowledge and understanding of organic gardening and urban agriculture
  • Excellent facilitation skills with the ability to think quickly to creatively solve a problem
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and individuals who have experienced marginalization
  • Strong communication and organizational skills, great attention to detail
  • Familiar with G-Suite (Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Calendar, Gmail, etc.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice
  • Hold a valid Ontario Drivers License or comfortable using TTC for workshops
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision and as part of a team

Job Requirements:

  • Lifting and moving up to 40 pounds
  • Working outdoors and on your feet for long periods of time
  • To be available on weekends and outside of regular business hours on occasion

Compensation

  • Salary: $42,500/ Annually  (for 37.5 hours per week)
  • Benefits: Extended health and dental benefits (class A) at start. RRSP or TFSA contributions after successful completion of probation period.
  • Location of Position: Community Food Growing Programs
  • Contract Type: Full time indefinite
  • Reports to: Community Food Growing Senior Manager

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Please send applications to FoodShare’s Human Resource Department -  hr@foodshare.net by 5:00pm on Sunday April 18, 2021. Please note that only candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted. FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes applicant personal details (names, email, addresses), educational institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce potential for bias. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/ cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role. Please note: Thank you for your interest in joining our team! FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities. Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics, but are significantly under-represented in community based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside. If you require accommodation when navigating the application process, please contact: hr@foodshare.net.

About FoodShare Toronto

At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones and their communities with dignity and joy.