Opportunities

The Trent Vegetable Gardens is hiring a new Coordinator and up to three summer student Garden Assistant positions for the 2018 Season

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, student research projects, community work days, tours , volunteer programming and employment opportunities. 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.

 

Job Posting: Garden Coordinator

Term: 7 month contract, with a 3 month probationary period (mid-April – mid-November, 2018); 30 hours per week (April-August), 20 hours/week (September-November) with the possibility of additional hours beyond November

Compensation: $16.00-18.00/hr
Desired Start Date: April 16th, 2018
Reporting To: The Trent Vegetable Garden Committee

Purpose of the Coordinator Position:

The purpose of the Coordinator position is to facilitate the growth and future of the Trent Vegetable Gardens. The Coordinator is responsible for planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting food in the gardens; engaging in recruitment, event planning and promotion of the gardens through social media; volunteer coordination, training and support; distributing food to community groups and coordinating the operation of the community gardens. The coordinator will also be responsible for ensuring volunteer days take place each week and that educational workshops are offered on a monthly basis in both the rooftop garden, the field garden and/or community plots.

Garden Management

  • Seasonal garden planning
  • Creating and maintaining budget and system for tracking accounts
  • Plant, maintain and harvest rooftop and field gardens
  • Sourcing, purchasing of seeds, garden supplies, tools and amendments
  • Tool care and storage
  • Keep a work-log of all work completed
  • Create a plan for future tasks based on past work logs

Outreach and Education

  • Respond to phone and email inquiries
  • Coordinate distribution of produce to community organizations, including the Seasoned Spoon
  • Facilitation of volunteer activities, educational workshops and tours
  • Publicity and event planning including workdays and workshops
  • Act as an ambassador for the Trent Vegetable Gardens
  • Assist with the development and coordination of student-based research projects associated with the Trent Vegetable Gardens

Human Resources Management

  • Provide leadership, guidance and supervision for garden assistant and other seasonal staff
  • Assist with appropriate funding and funding reporting in support of the garden and garden staffing
  • Liaise with: The Trent Vegetable Gardens Committee, Trent University, Seasoned Spoon Cafe General Manager and staff, Indigenous Environmental Studies Gardens, Food-not-Bombs Volunteers, the PCGN, and both the Trent University and greater Peterborough community
  • Assist with the coordination of the Trent Community Garden
  • Recruitment and training of volunteers, including keeping a work-log of volunteer hours contributed

Planning and administration

  • Provide leadership and vision to the TVG by working with the Garden Committee with the development of long range and annual plans, and with the evaluation and reporting of progress on plans
  • Oversee the preparation of an Annual Report summarizing progress on short and long range plans, as well as the financial status of the TVG
  • Take the lead with policy development and documentation with input from the committee
  • Support the organization of bi-monthly committee meetings
  • Locate and apply for funding and subsidies
  • Prepare and oversee annual budget, regular cash flow and variance statements and financial records
  • Maintain general oversight and ensure accuracy of records
  • Support organizational development through the administrative components of strategic planning and possibly incorporation

Additional Expectations:

  • This position requires working independently with little day-to-day oversight from the Garden Committee.
  • 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 Coordinator must possess the ability and disposition to work outside in adverse weather conditions when necessary.
  • The Coordinator may be required to work outside of normal work hours such as evenings, early mornings, and/or weekends.
  • Access to a vehicle is a benefit.

How to apply:

  • Current Resume or CV
  • Letter of Introduction (max two pages) describing specifically how your education, skills and experience meet the qualifications and duties above.
  • All submissions must be emailed in PDF form to:

Trent Garden Committee
trentgardenshiring@gmail.com

Submission deadline: April 3rd at 5pm

 

 Job Posting: Garden Assistant

Term: Position contract will be 8 or 16 weeks depending on funding. Anticipating start dates will be May or July depending on contract length –  30 hours per week for a maximum of 480 hours during the growing season. Hours are 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.

NOTE: This Position is dependent upon funding

Compensation: $15.00/hr
Desired Start Date: May 7th , 2018 or July 2nd 2018
Reporting to: Garden Coordinator

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, outreach and publications, volunteer supervision and supporting the management of community garden plots.

Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Assist with communications, publicity and outreach
  • Liaise with: Seasoned Spoon staff & summer processors, community gardeners,  garden 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

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 11th at 5:00pm

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 2018 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