The Hastings Community Association (HCA) was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1935, and works in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board to provide recreation, social, educational and cultural opportunities in the Hastings-Sunrise area. The HCA provides subsidies for low-income users and emergency financial support to community programs. Through its activities and committees, the Association ensures that the community is represented.
Our Learning Garden is located on-site and is home to many fruit trees, vegetable crops and native plant species. It is our goal to connect the community through strengthening our food & garden skills and become an active player in helping Vancouver become a global leader in urban food systems.
We are looking to hire an assistant for our Learning Garden. A successful applicant will be expected to:
· Plan and facilitate environmental, food, and garden workshops with the assistance of the Food & Garden Coordinator; including overseeing ongoing weekly programs such as Gardening Corner, School Garden Days in partnership with A.R. Lord Elementary school, and providing monthly activities for Hastings Preschool and Out of School Care in the garden.
· Assist in maintenance of the garden space including: soil prep, overwintering beds, seed starting, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, composting, and food storage
· Create promotional material for Food & Garden programs including posters, newsletters and social media
A typical week will involve desk and computer work as well as hands-on time in the kitchen and garden. There is a lot of variety involved in the various tasks but the applicant must be prepared to spend some time outdoors in inclement weather, especially in the fall/winter in Vancouver.
· Organizational skills
· High level of communication skills
· Interest/ability in gardening
· Interest/ability in healthy cooking and eating
· Interest/ability in learning desktop publishing and graphic design applications
· Interest/ability to work outside in all weather conditions
· Interest/ability in working with members of the public
Applicants who will be engaged in this program must be:
· between 15 and 30 years of age when employment begins (inclusive)
· a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
· legally entitled to work in Canada
· legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
This position is partially funded by the CPRA Green Jobs Initiative: https://cpra.ca/funding/green-jobs-initiative/overview/.
Contract length: 4 months
Part-time hours: 10 per week
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