Indigenous Eco-Landscaper, RAINscapeTO

Indigenous Eco-Landscaper, RAINscapeTO

Special Note: ​RAINscapeTO is following the public health guidelines with regards to COVID-19 and we will adapt our operations accordingly on an ongoing basis. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our staff, clients and the communities where we work and live.

RAINScapeTO is part of a growing movement to rethink the design of urban green spaces through earth-friendly and beautiful landscaping solutions. We offer the design and installation of sustainable gardens such as pollinator and edible gardens, rain gardens and bioswales. We also provide services to support local food production and the use of heritage seeds and native plants as vital additions to a sustainable and healthy urban landscape.

RAINscapeTO is a social enterprise being incubated by the Toronto Green Community. We value and respect the intrinsic connection of Indigenous peoples to their land as well as their rich ecological knowledge base. We are committed to developing employment opportunities that uphold and nurture land-based stewardship in an urban setting. Our mission is to establish a social enterprise that provides employment and training for emerging eco-landscapers, builds community connections to water and nature, contributes to improved water quality and biodiversity, and mitigates water damage to property and livelihoods.

 

Eligibility Conditions:

Only Indigenous* applicants registered or eligible to be registered at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training will be considered.

*Indigenous peoples, Status and non-Status First Nations, Metis and Inuit of Turtle Island.

 

Job purpose

The RAINscapeTO Eco-Landscaper, will be part of a dynamic team of passionate landscapers in designing, installing and maintaining gardens on private and public properties across the City of Toronto.

This is a unique opportunity in a new and expanding niche of the landscape industry. Successful candidates will receive training and hands-on experience in the proper installation of rain gardens and eco-friendly landscaping, as well as opportunities to attend community events and meet like-minded people.

 

Duties and responsibilities

The main responsibility of this position is to undertake all the tasks associated with the installation and maintenance of gardens on private and public properties under the guidance of the manager and in collaboration with the team members.  Some of these tasks include:

●        planting various heritage and native plant species (i.e. bulbs, flowers, shrubs, trees);

●        digging rain gardens, grading, weeding, watering;

●        disconnecting downspouts and redirecting water to rain barrels or rain gardens;

●        laying compost, mulch, soil, and installing other materials (i.e gravel, rocks, lining);

●        garden maintenance, including removing and/or trimming trees and plants; weeding, dead heading, pruning, seed collection, watering;

●        tool upkeep and maintenance;

●        customer relations;

●        weekly reporting and team meetings with managers.

Training will be provided for successful candidates including First Aid and CPR.  Each landscaper will receive orientation on the basics of rainscaping through hands-on training and webinars. The successful candidates will create their own personal goals and professional development plan, keep a journal, and meet with the manager and the rest of the team regularly.

Qualifications

• Interest in horticulture, plant identification, ecological gardening

• Withstand up to 8 hours of physically demanding labour

• Adapt to varying tasks, conditions and locations

• Willing to work outdoors in changing weather (heat, rain, cold)

• Responsible, punctual, detail-oriented, reliable and flexible

• Manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, attention to detail

• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team setting with co-workers and clients

• Some experience in residential, commercial or community organic/ecological gardening and landscaping would be helpful

 

Working conditions

• Work in varying weather conditions and spend extended periods outdoors

• Repetitive tasks

• Handling of heavy loads

• Physically demanding – bending, crouching, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, digging, shovelling, raking

 

Compensation

This is a full-time seasonal position, 35 hours per week, starting in Mid April and ending in November 2021, paid at an hourly rate of $19.00.

 

To Apply:

Email your cover letter and resume to Mary Jenkins, Project Coordinator: mary@torontogreen.ca with “Indigenous Eco-Landscaper” in your email’s subject line.

Deadline for submissions: April 13, 2021 at 11:59PM

 

Toronto Green Community is committed to providing a workplace that supports equity, diversity and inclusivity. We proactively strive to eliminate any form of harassment and discrimination and to be equitable by building

these objectives and practices into our teams, communities, programs and services. Please notify us in advance if you require any accommodations.

Thank you – miigwetch, tiawenhk, nia:wen, kinanaskomitin, maarsii!