The EcoHouse Garden Assistant will support staff with operations and programming relating to environmentally-friendly gardening and green infrastructure at the EcoHouse’s 2 acre property and in the community. The EcoHouse Garden Assistant will assist in the development and implementation of outreach events, demonstration gardens, interpretive signage, and other programming and communications, promoting green gardening and nature conservation.
· Maintain environmentally-friendly garden landscapes, pollinator plantings and restoration areas and establish new planting sites and projects where appropriate.
· Research, develop, and implement environmental outreach activities, and other garden demonstrations, programming and presentations to engage the community (youth, adults, neighbours, volunteers)
· Assist with the implementation of various green infrastructure projects in the community.
· Assist in the management of invasive species.
· Staff displays at local events and attend community and partner meetings.
· Support Green Venture school tours, presentations and events.
· Produce EcoHouse garden monitoring and maintenance plans.
· Develop program-related webpage(s), blog posts, and social media content.
· Other duties as assigned.
Position Length: 14 weeks
Start date: September 9, 2019
Hours of work: 30 – 35 hours per week on average (some evenings and weekends required)
Wage rate per hour: $14.00
The successful candidate will be required to complete a Police Reference Check.
Essential qualifications include:
· Post-secondary education or training in the fields of Environmental Science, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Nature Interpretation, Outdoor Recreation or a related field
· Willingness to work regularly in an outdoor environment, including gardening
· Ability to perform functions relating to gardening, such as digging, pruning, weeding
· Experience delivering community presentations, workshops or environmental education programs to children or adults.
· Knowledge of Green Venture and of environmental issues in Hamilton
· Maintains Driver’s License Class G
· Knowledge of computers, particularly Windows 8.1 Operating System and MS Office Suite 2013 and above.
· Valid First Aid certificate
· Motivated self-starter, capable of working with minimal direction
· Experience with various writing levels: public, media, children, academic
Additional qualifications that would be an asset:
· Additional languages other than English are desirable.
· Light carpentry skills.
· Experience working with marginalized groups and building community
In order to be eligible for this program, the candidate must:
· Be between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive)
· Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person as defined by the immigration and Refugee Protection Act
· Be legally entitled to work in Canada
· Be legally entitled to work according to any provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
· Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates are invited to email their cover letter and resume in PDF format to email@example.com, specifying the Job Title in the subject line, no later than 5 pm on August 28, 2019. Please include with your resume a list of professional references.
Preference will be given to recent immigrant and/or refugee youth, Indigenous youth, youth from visible minorities, LGBTQ2 youth, and women in STEM.
Note that this position is contingent upon confirmation of funding from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada).