Ecology Action Centre Job Posting: Urban Garden Project Summer Student

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Ecology Action Centre Job Posting: Urban Garden Project Summer Student 

The Urban Garden Project supports community run gardens and food projects here in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). We are currently looking for a driven and enthusiastic summer student looking for an amazing and challenging summer job opportunity.

The job will consist of working with and supporting five community organizations in HRM with their community food and garden programming. The summer student will work with both youth and adults to build strong community relationships and gardens at the same time. We want someone who loves people and a full schedule. This position will work closely with the Food Connections Summer Student in a team environment and be supervised by the Food Connections Coordinator.

Please note, this position is subject to funding approval. 

UGP Summer Student’s duties include: 

  • Working closely with five community organizations to deliver garden and community food programming and support on a weekly basis. This includes facilitating workshops, checking in on the needs of the community and sourcing and delivering needed materials.
  • Organizing gardening workshops with these specific community groups, which includes: collaborative workshop development, scheduling the programs for each of the sites, procuring workshop materials, workshop facilitation, documentation and follow up debriefing and evaluation;
  • Writing weekly articles for the Halifax Garden Network blog;
  • Facilitating the Halifax Garden Network. This includes updating the website with current garden events, communicating to gardeners via email and generally highlighting resources and support available to the Halifax gardening community;
  • Supporting the work of the Food Action Committee and the Ecology Action Centre.

Required skills and experience:

  • Experience working with diverse communities on community development projects.
  • Strong knowledge in organic vegetable gardening and some related topics (composting, rainwater catchment, native plants, garden construction etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills, able to seek out assistance and feedback.
  • Loves working with people, able to facilitate large groups, build capacity and create momentum.
  • Strong organizational skills, able to create schedules and budgets.
  • Self-directed but also collaborative. Able to facilitate using consensus and capacity building techniques.

Desirable skills:

  • Comfortable transporting workshop materials via bicycle trailer, bus or car.
  • Knowledge of local food, food security and food politics.
  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops and programs.

Important note

Eligible Applicants must:

  • 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 between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of employment.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, First Nations, and persons with disabilities.

Terms of Employment

Monday June 4th to Friday, August 24th, 2012

30-35 hours per week @ $14.50/hr

Location: Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane

Position and details are subject to funding approval.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume (including 2 references) to garity@ecologyaction.ca

Application Due Date: 5:00 pm Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

We thank all applicants for their time and interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Interviews will take place the week of May 28th, 2012.

The Ecology Action Centre was founded in 1971 and is one of Nova Scotia’s most active environmental organizations. The Centre welcomes new members and volunteers: http://www.ecologyaction.ca.

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