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Green Access Garden Steward

About Access Alliance:

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is a multi-service community agency that works to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic barriers and poverty. The Centre envisions a future in which Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

Focus area: Environment & Sustainability

Volunteer Position Description: Established in 2011, the Green Access Program uses the Green Roof at AccessPoint on Danforth as a launching pad for activities that build skills around organic gardening, food production, and biodiversity protection. The program brings together community development, environmental education, and health. The rooftop garden also provides community members – many who live in high-rise buildings with no personal outdoor space – the opportunity to participate in outdoor gardening activities. We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about urban agriculture, regenerative agriculture, and are interested in stewardship of our garden through the growing season.


  • Outdoor urban growing
  • Weeding
  • Watering plants
  • Planting 
  • Seed starting
  • Garden maintenance as required

Location: AccessPoint on Danforth – Rooftop Garden, 3079 Danforth Avenue

Time Commitment: On-going program – runs between April to October

March Schedule

  • Friday Shifts: 10:00am – 12:00pm

April Schedule

  • Saturday shifts: 9:30am AM – 11:30 am
  • Friday shifts: 10am – 12:00pm 

Format: In-person

Qualification and Requirements:

  • Must enjoy being outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must enjoy working with all life, including non-human life (i.e. insects, worms, arachnids, plants, etc.) 
  • Comfortable getting dirty
  • Comfortable with physical activity (be able to lift 20lbs)
  • Must enjoy learning and applying new information and skills
  • Must enjoy working with other people and be open to learn and contribute your own knowledge base with others

Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Gain experience working in a community health setting 
  • Work within an equity and inclusion framework 
  • Gain experience working with newcomer, immigrant, and refugee communities 
  • Obtain volunteer reference letter
  • Work alongside an interdisciplinary team of professionals 
  • Build community and connection with like-minded peers 
  • Learn to grow your own food 
  • Take home some of the produce grown

Number of positions available: 20

Apply by: March 29th

Start date: Immediate

To Apply:

Email expressing your interest as “Garden Steward” in the subject line.

Please note: Due to public health guidelines and organizational precautions around COVID-19, Access Alliance requires all staff, volunteers and students to be fully vaccinated. While onsite at Access Alliance, you are required to wear a mask and follow COVID-19 protocol

We welcome and encourage immigrants and refugees to volunteer with us! We encourage applications from volunteers who reflect the broad diversity of communities we work with, including those from racialized and LGBTQ2+ communities.

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