About the NDG Food Depot
Founded in 1986, the NDG Food Depot is a community-based non-profit organization that works collaboratively with its community to address the root causes of hunger and poverty in NDG and the surrounding areas in a manner that ensures dignity, community engagement and the development of human potential.
At the NDG Food Depot, we offer over 20 food-related activities to support the food security and healthy eating habits of youth, families and individuals. Our mission is to support our community to grow, cook and eat good healthy food. One of our key programs is our collective garden network which features 12 facilitated weekly sessions across 6 gardens throughout NDG. Last year, we welcomed over 130 members into our gardens.
We are currently looking to hire two passionate and qualified Collective Garden Facilitators to help deliver our collective garden program.
Key Responsibilities / Tasks
-Facilitate collective garden sessions:
-Understand the technical aspects of horticulture and vegetable production, and ensure the ecological production of produce in the gardens
-Facilitate the social dynamic of garden sessions. This includes ensuring the physical, mental, and emotional safety of garden members, supporting democratic processes, -encouraging knowledge and social exchanges between participants
-Share knowledge and promote the Depot’s values of urban agriculture and ecological gardening methods, food security and food sovereignty, healthy living habits, and environmental stewardship
-Create and reinforce links between gardeners, the NDG Food Depot, and the community
-Assist in logistical and planning aspects of the Depot’s gardens
-Participate in team meetings, workshops, and other organizational events
-Conduct evaluations of the collective garden program and write end-of-season reports
-Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
-Strong oral communication skills in both French and English
-Strong written communication skills in either French or English
-Experience and/or training in ecological fruit and vegetable production
-Experience in group facilitation and leadership (including conflict resolution, non-violent communication, balancing diverse needs of participants)
-Able to work both independently and in collaboration with colleagues
-Be in good physical condition to do outdoor and physical labor;
-Able to get around on a bicycle AND/OR have a valid driver’s license.
-Able to problem solve and prioritize tasks
-Have a strong interest in community work, and be comfortable in multicultural and inter-generational environments
-Passion for urban agriculture and food security
-Be available for the entire duration of the contract (April 3 to November 11th, 2017)
-From April 3st to April 14th the schedule will be from Monday to Friday.
-From April 17th through the end of the contract, the work schedule will be as follows:
-For the full-time position: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.
-For the part-time position: Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.
-Please be prepared to work evenings and weekends as part of your regular hours.
-$15/hour plus benefits
-Full-time position: 30 hours per week, for 32 weeks
-Part-time position: 15 hours per week, for 32 weeks
-Contract start: April 3, 2017
Contract finish: November 11, 2017
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter (in one document )by email to Marguerite Kinfack at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to apply: March 13th, 2017, at 5pm.
Only selected candidates will be contacted.
The NDG Food Depot is committed to creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve and thus strongly encourages applicants from our diverse communities and people who experience marginalization. Please self-identify in your cover letter.
TIPS FOR APPLYING! In your cover letter, we want to hear:
-Why you want to work with us at the NDG Food Depot and as a garden facilitator. We want to make sure you understand our mission and our values. Tell us why you think this job is interesting and important for the community.
-About yourself and what makes you right for the job. Have you worked in similar jobs or have you volunteered in similar programs before? Have you pursued education or apprenticeship positions in the field? Tell us what skills that you gained and how your experience would help you in this job. If there’s experience we ask for which you don’t have, be honest and tell us how you hope to grow and learn.
-Be yourself! We want to hear your voice and enthusiasm!