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School Grown Facilitator

Number of positions available: 2

* Note: This is a Canada Summer Jobs position.  Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time and returning to school full-time in the fall. *

Position Overview

FoodShare Toronto is looking to hire an energetic and experienced youth facilitator to assist in the operation of our schoolyard market gardens. The School Grown Facilitator will work alongside the School Grown Senior Coordinator and our fourteen high school youth employees in a small-scale farming operation with an educational mandate.

The ideal candidate would have demonstrated experience working with high school youth (ages 16 to 19) and enjoy outdoor work. Previous experience with gardening or farming is not essential, but the candidate must have a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic and a positive energy. We will teach you what we know and provide opportunities to further your learning. 

Our School Grown program includes two market gardens located at Bendale Business and Technical Institute (1555 Midland Ave) and Eastdale Collegiate Institute (701 Gerard St E). Since its creation in 2010, this ¼ acre market garden at Bendale has become an inspirational example of the transformative potential of school-food gardens. Our new rooftop garden at Eastdale has an innovative design including mushroom production and fruiting perennials. FoodShare works with the schools’ staff and students in the garden planting, care, harvesting, cooking and market sales. Time will be split between our two garden sites and the farmers market.

Detailed job description: 

  • Supervise and support the youth employees in daily tasks and activities
  • Work collaboratively with School Grown Senior Coordinator and other FoodShare staff to develop educational programming for youth staff
  • Engage students in general on-site market garden tasks, working alongside youth while: Prepping garden beds for planting, Weeding, Seeding and transplanting seedlings, Watering and setting up irrigation, Harvesting and processing produce, Helping to maintain our compost bins
  • Run shifts at the farmer’s market which includes mentoring youth and supporting them in handling cash, merchandising produce and delivering friendly customer service
  • Make deliveries to local restaurants
  • Act as a spokesperson for the Market Garden and FoodShare in the community, with the school, and with the broader public 

Qualifications and skills:

  • Capacity and passion for supporting youth with their personal and professional self-determined goals
  • Great people skills (good at delegating tasks, helping people feel valued, energizing groups)
  • Strong communication and organizational skills, great attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and individuals who have experienced marginalization.
  • Demonstrated respect for youth culture, knowledge and lived experiences
  • Willingness to do physical labour outside in all weather conditions (rain or shine!)
  • Knowledge of food justice and urban agriculture an asset
  • Background in education, community development, youth leadership an asset
  • Holding a valid Ontario Drivers License an asset
  • Police check clearance required (to be able to work with students in the TDSB)
  • Some evening work will be required (but you’ll always know well in advance)

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and requires that the applicant:

  • Is between 15-30 years of age (inclusive)
  • Was registered as a full-time student during the last academic year
  • Intends to return to school on a full time basis during the next academic year
  • Is a student in a post-secondary, vocational or technical program
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations

Hours and Compensation: $14.00/hr at 30 hours a week

Duration: Monday June 15, 2015 through to August 28, 2015.

How to apply:
Please send your resume and a brief description of why you are interested in the position to katieg@foodshare.net

Deadline for applications: Wednesday May 20, 2015

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Urban Agriculture Assistant

FoodShare Toronto is looking for a 30.5hrs/wk Urban Agriculture Assistant for a summer eight week job to work with our urban agriculture team in our demonstrations, which include our outdoor gardens, greenhouse, composting system and rooftop garden. This individual must have strong experience and skill in growing food, leading workshops and working with volunteers.

* Note: This is an HRSDC supported position.  Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time and returning to school full-time in the fall and legally able to work in Canada, off campus. *

Responsibilities to:

  • Support the creation and maintenance, which includes planting, weeding and watering, of fertile and beautiful food growing spaces for strong, healthy fruit and vegetable growing
  • Participate in creating educational signage for all aspects of our food growing
  • Support, with our staff, our weekly community garden evenings by creating garden-based crafts for our outdoor garden and greenhouse
  • Facilitate structured summer school programming for elementary-aged children on site in FoodShare's garden, greenhouse and compost sites.
  • Support the recruitment and retention of volunteers at FoodShare in the outdoor garden and greenhouse
  • Track the food growing process in our garden and greenhouse and other related admin duties
  • Participate in FoodShare staff and team meetings
  • Represent FoodShare and its mission in the community


  • Has experience and vision in organic food growing practices
  • Able to lift heavy items, wield a shovel and has stamina
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in all weather
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and self manage
  • Strong desire to learn
  • Demonstrated ability in working with and managing volunteers
  • Skills and experience in leading children and adults in activities
  • Skills in computer word processing such as Microsoft Word, Excel and internet usage
  • Commitment and desire to work in a diverse environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, family status and other characteristics is an important and practiced value;
  • Second language an asset

Hours and Compensation:  30.5 hrs for a total of 244 hrs (8 weeks) at $14/hr

Duration:  Start date – June 15nd – end date August 7th (these start and end dates will be discussed with supervisor)

How to apply:  Please email your resume and cover letter to Angela ElzingaCheng at angela@foodshare.net 

You will be contacted in one week from the closing date if you are being asked for an interview. 

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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