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Collective garden facilitators

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Le Dépôt | The Depot Community Food Centre


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Published 9 days ago

April 5, 2021
March 4, 2021
18$/hr

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 Community Food Centre, 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 in three streams: Food Procurement and Distribution, Food Skills  and Urban Agriculture. 

We are currently looking to hire two passionate Collective Garden Facilitators to run  weekly garden sessions in our collective 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.  

The positions are for 28 hours/week and 22 hours/ week, for a 32 week contract

Key Responsibilities & Tasks 

● Lead collective garden sessions: 

● 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; 

● Understand and be willing to develop your knowledge about the technical  aspects of ecological horticulture and vegetable production, and ensure  the ecological production of produce in the gardens; 

● Share knowledge and promote our 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 of diverse backgrounds and  abilities, the Depot Community Food Centre, and the community; 

● Assist in the logistical and planning aspects of gardens; 

● Maintain communication with community partners, the team and the supervisor  as needed; 

● Participate in team meetings, workshops, and other organizational events;

● Collect information related to the collective garden program, including comments  and testimonials from members, and write end-of-season reports.

Qualifications & Experience 

● Experience in animation and group facilitation (including conflict resolution,  balancing diverse needs of participants); 

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

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

● Have a valid driver’s licence and be comfortable driving a truck;

● Have a cellphone to be used during working hours; 

● Be available for the entire duration of the contract (April 5th to November 13th,  2021). 

Other Assets 

● Besides French and English, speaks other languages (particularly Spanish,  Persian, Mandarin, Arabic languages); 

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

● Understanding or keen interest in working with an anti-oppression anti-racism  lens and incorporating non-violent communication approaches in their work.

● Is in good physical condition to do indoor and outdoor physical labour and is able  to lift up to 40lbs; 

● Highly motivated, proactive and able to work independently and in collaboration  with colleagues; 

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

● Knows how to problem solve and prioritize tasks; 

● Good written communication skills in either French or English; 

● Comfortable using office computer programs and communications applications,  including Word, Excel, Google Drive, Zoom and Slack; 

● Has a bicycle and is comfortable riding in the city. 

Schedule 

● 1 position at 28 hours per week, for 32 weeks: Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs. 

● 1 position at 22 hours per week, for 32 weeks: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri.

● Garden sessions are held during the daytime and the evening. Please be  prepared to work evenings and weekends as part of your regular hours.

● The schedule will be slightly different during the first and last three weeks of  the contract. 

Contract Conditions 

● $18/hour; 

● Contract start: April 5th, 2021; 

● Contract end: November 13th, 2021;

● The employee receives paid vacation (4%), sick days and personal days, during  contract; 

● The employee will receive regular organic produce from the gardens; 

Application & hiring process: 

To apply, please email a cover letter and your CV in a single (1) document to  Marguerite Kinfack at office@depotmtl.org by 5pm Thursday, March 4th,  2021. 

● Selected candidates will be contacted from March 5th onward.  

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

Questions about the job 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 Community Food Centre  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 Community Food Centre and why you want to  work in this job. We want to make sure you understand our mission and our values. Tell us why this work interests or is important to you. 

What your work 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

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Benefits

The employee receives paid vacation (4%), sick days and personal days, during  contract. The employee will also receive regular organic produce from the gardens

The employee receives paid vacation (4%), sick days and personal days, during  contract. The employee will also receive regular organic produce from the gardens

Level of Language Proficiency

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

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

Location

On-site
Montreal, QC, CA

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and your CV in a single (1) document to  Marguerite Kinfack at office@depotmtl.org by 5pm Thursday, March 4th,  2021. 

Selected candidates will be contacted from March 5th onward.  

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

Questions about the job or the application process? 

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

To apply, please email a cover letter and your CV in a single (1) document to  Marguerite Kinfack at office@depotmtl.org by 5pm Thursday, March 4th,  2021. 

Selected candidates will be…

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