The Trent Vegetable Gardens are hiring a Garden Assistant for the 2017 Season

Job Posting: Garden Assistant

Reporting to: Garden Coordinator and the Garden Steering Committee

About the Trent Gardens:

The Trent Vegetable Gardens employ organic, permaculture and heritage food production methods, including Indigenous agricultural methods. The gardens seek to reconnect students and community members with the source of their food by providing opportunities for individuals to learn about ecological agriculture, hands-on gardening skills and food system issues. These learning opportunities take the form of workshops, tours, student research projects, service learning placements,  and community “work bee” days, as well as volunteer programming and student employment. The Trent Vegetable Gardens manages two campus gardens, one of which is on the roof of the Trent University Environmental Sciences Complex and the other is a half-acre field garden located north east of the DNA & Health Sciences complex. . We also manage a campus community garden offering individual plots to community members wishing to grow their own food within a supportive environment. Our produce primarily goes the the Seasoned Spoon cafe, as well as various Peterborough community organizations, garden staff & volunteers.

Garden Assistant Position:

The purpose of this  position is to provide a hands-on opportunity for an interested and committed individual to gain experience in ecological agriculture and community food programming. The garden assistant will help the garden coordinator in all aspects of the planting, maintenance, and harvesting of the Trent Vegetable Gardens as well as distribution of produce to community organizations. The assistant will work with the coordinator as a team in ensuring the day-to-day healthy growth and prosperous future of the gardens. Additional tasks performed by the Garden Assistant may include food preservation and preparation, event planning and delivery, volunteer supervision and supporting the management of community garden plots.


  • Perform tasks as prioritized by the weekly garden plan
  • Work in tandem with the Garden Coordinator to maintain the rooftop and field gardens including soil preparation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, pest control and harvesting
  • Assist with coordination and distribution of produce to the Seasoned Spoon Cafe and various community organizations
  • Prepare and preserve harvested produce
  • Assist with volunteer engagement and supervision
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of workshops, events and garden tours
  • Support the management of the campus community garden plots as needed
  • Assist with communications, publicity and event promotions as needed
  • Liaise with: Seasoned Spoon staff & summer processors, Community Gardeners, Volunteers, Nourish Project, Trent Oxfam, The Trent Market Garden, Trent Apiary and the general Trent and greater Peterborough community
  • Take responsibility for tool care and storage
  • Communicate promptly and effectively via phone and email
  • Keep a work-log of all work completed and hours contributed
  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely fashion
  • Arrive at work aware of and prepared for varying weather conditions
  • Help create a positive and safe working environment.


  • Strong interest in ecological agricultural methods and techniques
  • Experience working in small to mid-scale garden or farm environments
  • Experience working in physically demanding environments and/or adverse weather conditions
  • Knowledge and interest in the politics of food security/sovereignty and sustainable agriculture
  • Leadership experience
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Experience with event planning, promotions and community outreach
  • Good organizational skills, self-directed, punctual, and skilled at paying attention to detail
  • Access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s licence considered an asset

Supplementary Notes:

  • This position is physically demanding and is best suited to someone who is physically fit and able to lift objects weighing up to 60lbs.
  • This position involves a lot of outdoor work. The garden assistant must possess the ability and disposition to work outside in adverse weather conditions when necessary.
  • The garden assistant may be required to work outside of normal work hours such as evenings, early mornings, and/or weekends.

Job Details:

Flexible hours based around the needs of the garden and garden programming. A log of hours will be required, with a lieu hour system to be implemented. If additional hours are required in one week it is advised to adjust the following week if possible, if lieu hours are going to be accumulated beyond a single pay period, this must be approved by the supervisor.

  • Position contract will be 8 or 16 weeks depending on funding
  • May thru end of August – 30 hours per week for a maximum of 480 hours during the growing season at $12.50 per hour


NOTE: This Position is dependent upon funding


To be eligible applicants must be:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under theImmigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • all are encouraged to apply, however priority may be given to students of Aboriginal background depending on qualifications.

Submission Package:

  • Current Resume
  • Letter of Introduction (max one page) describing specifically how your education, skills and experience meet the qualifications and responsibilities described above.
  • All submissions must be emailed in PDF form to:

Trent Vegetable Gardens Cooridinator:   trentvegetablegardens@gmail.com

Submission deadline: April 14th at 4:00pm



 2017 Seasoned Garden Volunteer Call Out

Amazing summer volunteer opportunity!

 Interested in ecological food production, food sustainability and community building? The Trent Vegetable Gardens are looking for volunteers who are eager to get involved and get their hands dirty! Come join the Trent Vegetable Gardens  for the 2016 season and learn about small scale sustainable agriculture while growing food for the Seasoned Spoon Cafe, Food Not Bombs and other campus and community organizations!

Email trentvegetablegardens@gmail.com for more info