Green Access Gardener – Student Placement – April 19, 2022
External Posting Date Tuesday April 19, 2022
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is a Community Health Centre that aims to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. The Centre envisions a future in which diverse individuals, families and communities can achieve health with dignity.
We are looking for a full time gardener to join our Green Access Program. Access Alliance’s Green Access Program (Green Access) is a community development initiative that promotes community engagement and capacity building through community gardening and programming. Green Access utilizes the Green Roof Garden at Access Point on Danforth in a variety of programs that involve advocacy- to improve access to healthy food; outreach- to get local communities involved; and education – to contribute to building awareness about health and environmental stewardship among the communities we serve.
Reporting to the Sustainable Living Health Promoter, this position will maintain the vegetable, herb and flower gardens on our Green Roof with some additional garden maintenance responsibilities in community gardens at other local sites (Prairie Drive Park Community Garden 2 and Crescent Town School Garden).
Maintain and grow the garden to ensure it meets specific requirements and expectations.
Propagate and care for a variety of perennials and annuals
Use hand and power tools as applicable
Perform general garden maintenance tasks.
Interpret and complete garden plans
Utilize organic pest control methods and ensure appropriate use of organic fertilizer
Lift and manipulate heavy objects
Ensure a safe environment for staff and clients by adhering to safety and health regulations
Additional relevant duties as assigned
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Registered in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
Legally entitled to work in Canada
Undertaking a placement recognized as a Work-Integrated Learning component by the student’s institution in connection with a course, degree, certificate, diploma, or other recognized program offered by the institution.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multi-task
High degree of initiative, judgement and problem solving abilities;
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
At least 2 seasons proven experience in gardening.
In Depth knowledge of organic horticulture methods and materials and techniques
Knowledge of the propagation and care of a variety of perennials and annuals
Friendly personality with excellent interpersonal skills.
Availability to work on some weekends and evenings
Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development.
Duration: 5 months seasonal contract.
Salary: 19.32/hr Hours: 28 hours/week
Bargaining Unit: This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.
Location: AccessPoint on Danforth (3079 Danforth Ave) and other locations within Toronto
Please be advised that our organization requires all staff, students, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination can be obtained from the Ministry site.
Application Method With “Green Access Gardener” in the subject heading, please send your resume and cover letter by 5.00 pm , May 3 to: by E-mail: email@example.com by Regular Mail: Hiring Committee, “Green Access Gardener” Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services 340 College Street, Suite 500, Toronto, ON, M5T 3A9 No phone calls please.
Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.
We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will receive acknowledgement. Please note that a criminal background check (Vulnerable sector) will be conducted for this position.
We encourage applications from individuals who reflect the broad diversity of communities we work with, including those from racialized and LGBTQ communities.
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.
Access Alliance encourages a scent-free environment. Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.