We're Hiring: Gardening Assistant

Published May 30, 2018 19:56

Position: Gardening Assistant 


  • June: Monday to Friday, 15 hours per week, 3-6 pm
  • July - August: Monday to Friday, 32.5-35 hours per week

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and plan organic garden and nature based after-school and summer camp activities and programs
  • Facilitate fun, educational, positive learning experiences for children and youth ages 4-14 (groups ranging from 15 to 30 dependent on staffing with support staff) 
  • Educate children about animal life cycles, habitats, invasive species, biodiversity, migration, ecosystems, vermicomposting, pollination, soil, physical geography, climate, weather, sustainability, healthy lifestyles and food webs through weekly lessons and activities
  • Mantain organic gardens as required, including planting, watering, weeding, mulching, compost maintenance, taking temperature of greenhouse, fertilizing, etc. 
  • Assist in the evaluation of this specialty program and make program recommendations through quarterly reports, which include: statistics of children attending, inputs and outputs, progress reports on health of plants, recommendations for activities, how to improve 'challenges and future improvements', estimate value of crops produced. 
  • Obtain quotes on all required resources, and follow requisition procedures to maintain inventory of all necessary items. 
  • Monitor greenhouse plants through the winter 
  • Participate in summer Farmer's markets, annual Arbour Day Festival and Annual Harvest Festival
  • Must attend and successfully complete related mandatory training sessions 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Educational background in a garden/naturalist based program or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience planning, organizing and delivering outdoor environmental education and recreation activities to children and youth
  • Minimum 3 years' experience working with children in a mentorship role, especially for children ages 4 to 14 years old
  • Knowledge of and experience in environmentally sustainable gardening practices, edible and native plants, and ecosystems 
  • Experience in working independently as well as in teams 
  • Good communication, customer service, and time management skills 
  • Background in visual arts (drawing & panting) an asset
  • Able to thrive in a spontaneous learning environment
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, curious, resourceful and creative
  • Up to date Police Vulnerable Sectors Check
  • Up to  date Standard First Aid and CPR 

Interested applicants, should submit a cover letter and resume ASAP as we are looking to fill this position immediately. 

Subject Line: Gardening Assistant 


Tel: 416-536-4102

Fax: 416-536-2015

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club is committed to employment equity. We thank all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. 

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