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Horticultural and Administrative Officer for Community Gardens

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About The Depot Community Food Centre 

Founded in 1986, the Depot Community Food Centre 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. https://depotmtl.org/en/ 

At The Depot, we offer a variety of food-related activities to support the food security and healthy eating habits of youth, families and individuals. Our activities are classified into three streams: Food Procurement and Distribution, Food Skills and Urban Agriculture. 

We are currently looking to hire 1 passionate horticultural facilitator to ensure the good functioning and end of season of our 3 community gardens. We want to hire representatives of our diverse community of NDG to join our team to engage our community while growing fresh, local and organic food. 

Key Responsibilities and Tasks 

∙ Offer horticultural advice and respond to questions from community garden members;

∙ Animate one collective garden session per week. 

∙ Ensure members understand and follow the rules of the gardens, established by the City of Montreal; 

∙ Prepare and lead the community gardens AGA at the beginning of the season;

∙ Act as a liaison between garden members and partners at the borough of CDN-NDG;

∙ Encourage and ensure a healthy social dynamic in the garden and act as a mediator in the case of conflict; 

∙ Create and reinforce links between garden members, the Depot, and the community;

∙ Maintain regular communication with community gardeners by email, phone and in person during garden visits; 

∙ Share knowledge and promote values of urban agriculture, ecological gardening, food security and sovereignty, healthy living habits, and environmental stewardship;

∙ Prepare and facilitate 2-3 workshops of interest to community gardens during the season;

∙ Participate in team meetings, in workshops, and other events related to urban agriculture at the Depot;

∙ Participate in end of season evaluations of the community garden program, compile data and prepare administrative documents necessary to write a mid-season and end of season report. 

Qualifications & Experience 

∙ Experience in animation and group facilitation (including conflict resolution, non-violent communication, balancing diverse needs of participants); 

∙ Experience in ecological fruit and vegetable production and interest in learning new techniques; 

∙ Experience in social work or community work; 

∙ Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills in spoken English and French;

∙ Have excellent leadership skills, autonomy, organization and a sense of initiative;

∙ Leadership marqué, autonomie, organisation et sens de l’initiative; 

∙ Be available for the entire duration of the contract (until November 26, 2021). 

Other Skills 

∙ Able to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues; 

∙ Knows how to problem solve and prioritize tasks; 

∙ Speaks another language other than English and French, particularly Spanish, Persian, Mandarin or an Arabic language, an asset; 

∙ Mastery of office computer programs, including Word, Excel, and Google Drive;

∙ Has a strong interest in community work, and be comfortable in multi-cultural and intergenerational environments; 

∙ Possesses an understanding or keen interest in working with an anti-oppression / anti racism lens and incorporating a non-violent communication approaches in their work.

∙ Is passionate about urban agriculture and the food security movement;

∙ Has a bicycle and is comfortable riding it in the city. 

Schedule & Contract Conditions 

∙ Schedule: Sundays, occasional evenings and other weekend work. Variable and flexible during the week.  

∙ $18/hour; 

∙ 21 hours per week; 

∙ Contract: May 10th (or before) to November 26th, 2021 (34 weeks) 

Application & hiring process: 

To apply, please email your cover letter and your CV in a single (1) document to Marguerite Kinfack at office@depotmtl.org by 5pm Friday April 30th, 2021. ∙ Selected candidates will be contacted from April 21st onward. 

Only selected candidates will be contacted. Thanks for your patience and understanding. 

Questions about the jobs or the application process? 

Please contact Alejandra Pérez at ag.urbaine@depotmtl.org.

TIPS FOR APPLYING! In your cover letter, we want to hear:

Who you are and what your background is. The Depot is committed to creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve. We thus strongly encourage applicants to identify their strengths and experiences in increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in their previous work, school or other experiences in their cover letter. 

What you like about the Depot and why you want to work in this job. We want to make sure you understand our mission and our values. Tell us why you this work interests or is important to you. 

What your experience is. Have you worked in similar jobs or have you volunteered in similar programs before? Tell us what skills you gained and how your experience would help you in this job. If there’s experience 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!

About The Depot Community Food Centre 

Founded in 1986, the Depot Community Food Centre is a community-based non-profit organization that works collaboratively with its community to address the root causes of hunger and poverty in NDG…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    May 10, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021

Salary

18$/hr

Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in spoken English and French (other languages, especially Spanish, Persian, Mandarin or an Arabic language, an asset)

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in spoken English and French (other languages, especially Spanish, Persian, Mandarin or an Arabic language, an asset)

Location

On-site
Montreal, QC, Canada

How to Apply

To apply, please email your cover letter and your CV in a single (1) document to Marguerite Kinfack at office@depotmtl.org by 5pm Friday April 30th, 2021. ∙ Selected candidates will be contacted from April 21st onward. 

Only selected candidates will be contacted. Thanks for your patience and understanding. 

Questions about the jobs or the application process? 

Please contact Alejandra Pérez at ag.urbaine@depotmtl.org.

To apply, please email your cover letter and your CV in a single (1) document to Marguerite Kinfack at office@depotmtl.org by 5pm Friday April 30th, 2021. ∙ Selected candidates will be…

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