[Job] Urban Agriculture Manager, Greenest City

January 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Urban Agriculture Manager

Application deadline: Thursday February 12, 2009 @ 5:00 pm EST.
Start date: late-March
Location: Parkdale, Toronto, Canada

Greenest City is a community-based organization dedicated to solutions that inspire diverse communities to green Toronto. Our innovative programs connect people to local food, to each other, and to opportunity. In the past three years Greenest City has focussed on growing local food and local leaders as a key to healthy community development in Parkdale. In 2008, Greenest City was one of 10 organizations chosen to receive The Wellesley Institute’s “10 in 10” Urban Health Award that recognizes the “unsung” heroes that have made a significant contribution to the health of urban communities in the GTA from 1998-2008.

Greenest City has four integrated program streams: urban agriculture, youth, healthy communities and jobs & skills. Programs focus on making Parkdale a more food secure & sovereign neighbourhood. The Urban Agriculture Manager will be responsible for the management and delivery of the urban agriculture program.
Urban Agriculture Program

The Greenest City urban agriculture program seeks to promote urban agriculture in Parkdale, engage volunteers, and connect people to each other and to food. Urban agriculture components include three community gardens, the H.O.P. E. (Healthy Organic Parkdale Edibles) garden (a plotted garden), the Milky Way (a market garden), and the Dunn Garden (a programmed garden for youth and public education). In addition, we also maintain several native plant gardens, work with the local high school to support their garden, run workshops, field trips, and an in-depth youth leadership program.

Responsibilities:
Develop, implement and evaluate existing and new urban agriculture programming

Run existing gardens, including providing advice and education to gardeners

Organize educational workshops, field trips, and community potlucks
Help design and deliver agricultural workshops for the youth summer staff (the Youth Green Squad)

Expand gardens and programs when appropriate

Reach out to the community to involve people in the above programming

Develop and maintain relationships with program partners

Facilitate the HOPE Community Garden steering committee

Involve and empower volunteers

Assist in securing funds for the urban agriculture program, including grant writing

Provide written content for the website and other communications materials

Assist in hiring other staff

Report to the Greenest City Director of Development

Be available to work some evenings and weekends

Qualifications:
· Extensive experience with organic agriculture and gardening

· Experience in the development and delivery of local food and environment projects

· Experience designing workshops and teaching experience

· Excellent facilitation and community development skills

· Highly motivated, resourceful and passionate – demonstrated commitment to issues of environmental, social and economic justice

· Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse community (people of different ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds)

· A positive and kind way with community volunteers and partners

· Self-starter that can work with minimal supervision when needed

· Excellent interpersonal and written skills

· Experience writing fundraising or grant proposals

· Experience working in an office environment

· Ability to speak a language relevant to the South Parkdale neighbourhood considered a strong asset

Salary: approximately $32,000 (pro-rated)

Hours: 40 hours/wk

Start date: late-March 2009

(full-time, 8-month contract, with possibility of extension. It is our intention to turn this into a year-round position)

Please submit your cover letter and résumé by Thursday February 12th at 5:00 p.m. to:

Graeme Hussey
Director of Development
Greenest City
c/o Masaryk Cowan CRC
220 Cowan Ave, Toronto ON, M6K 2N6
graeme [at] greenestcity dot ca

We will not accept late applications.

Greenest City is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. We regret that only those applicants being considered will be contacted.

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