Garden Assistant – Community Farm

Position Summary: The position offers the chance for students to directly apply their skills and make a difference improving food security to people living in poverty. Students will participate in the food production-distribution-consumption chain. Using knowledge in horticulture or agriculture, they will work with a team of employees, participants and volunteers to plan, plant, cultivate, and harvest produce from Start Me Up Niagara's mini-farm plot. In addition, they will help process and distribute produce to the center's kitchen/feeding programs or to people living in poverty seeking affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Education in horticulture, farming/community garden procedures, and/or food security is required. This position is funded through the Government of Canada Summer jobs program to be eligible to apply you must be between the ages of 15-30 and resuming post-secondary education in the Fall of 2022.
Hiring Organization: 
Start Me Up Niagara
Support the Farm Manager in daily operations • Assist with crop planning • Help maintain farm with the help of staff and volunteers • Cooperate with community partners • Help with planning and implementation of weekly planting schedule • Insect and weed control, fertility monitoring and general field observation • Cultivation activities • Irrigation planning and implementation • Help harvest, market and deliver • Able to work in the field, outdoor classroom and office including hard repetitive physical work • Some evening or special event hours may be required • Current driver’s license and a clean driving record • Comfortable operating farm equipment • Good interpersonal skills
Qualifications: • Experience working in a team environment with proven leadership skills • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with groups • Demonstrated good organizational and record keeping skills • Demonstrated farm experience and working knowledge of farm infrastructure • Experience in growing using organic/biodynamic principles • Experience working with farm machinery • Basic carpentry skills • Demonstrated good communication skills • Ability to repeatedly lift 50 pounds • Self-motivated, cooperative and flexible• Education in or volunteering in a front-line capacity in a community setting • Education in working with persons facing barriers especially as related to mental health, substance use, and trauma • Excellent literacy in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) • Strong written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills in English • Demonstrated skills in problem solving and decision making under pressure • Ability to work as a team and on your own with little supervision • Satisfactory clearance under the Vulnerable Sector Police Check Program • Must be qualified to legally work in Canada • Must be returning to post-secondary education in the Fall of 2022 • Must be between the ages of 15-30 • Must be willing to comply with Covid-19 protocols which includes wearing masks and undergoing regular COVID-19 RAT testing
Base Salary: 
Rate of pay is $16.00 per hour.
Work Hours: 
This position is a fixed term contract up to 10 weeks. Position will start mid May 2022. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm with an expected 30 hours of work per week.
Additional Information: 
TO APPLY: please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected] We thank all candidates for their interest in advance. Due to volume we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.