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Community Programs Assistant –Garden and Food Programs

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Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Title: CSJ –Community Programs Assistant –Garden and Food Programs (2 positions available @ APOJ site)
Position Type: Summer Student
Posting Date: 2019/05/13
Expiry Date: 2019/05/24
Posting Type: External

Short Description

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.

The Access Garden is a community development initiative that promotes community engagement and capacity building through community gardening and food programming. Access Alliance utilizes community gardens and kitchens to deliver 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 Health Promoter, this position will maintain the vegetable, herb and flower gardens on our Access Garden at the Marie Baldwin Allotment gardens with some additional garden maintenance responsibilities in community gardens at other sites across the city of Toronto.

NOTE: To be eligible to apply for this position you must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

These positions are funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. As such, applicants must meet the requirements indicated above; and applications from individuals who reflect the broad diversity of communities we work with, including those from racialized and LGBTQ communities, is highly encouraged.

This is a training position geared towards new graduates, those recently entering the field of horticulture, and/or candidates who could benefit from job experience to bridge them into the field. As required by the funding agreement, eligible candidate must be under the age of 30 years old.


  • Cultivation of outdoor and indoor gardens
  • Organic garden maintenance tasks such as digging, planting and weeding garden beds, mulching, etc. This is very hands on and if you are not ready for this, this may not be the right job for you).
  • Plant propagation from seed, cuttings, layering, divisions
  • Maintenance and improvement of composter system
  • Checking the health of plants and responding with organic nutrients and pest management
  • Cleaning and maintenance of tools, equipment and storage areas
  • Assist with planning, coordination and implementation of garden activities throughout the summer.
  • Assist with planning and facilitation of food programs.
  • Communicate and collaborate with gardeners, community members and the general public
  • Additional duties involve recordkeeping, such as inventory; logging horticultural activities;
  • Support multiple forms of outreach work including grass-roots outreach, participation in local network meetings, attending public events, and spreading awareness of the Green Access Program.
  • Engage community members, provide orientation and support to garden volunteers
  • Work with team and with other departments to provide collaborative programming
  • Provide non-judgmental, inclusive support to program participants
  • Other duties, relevant to the position, as assigned


  • Previous work experience or education in: gardening, farming, horticulture, landscaping, or agriculture.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to assess health of plants and respond with organic methods
  • Familiarity with native plant species
  • Understanding of the rooftop garden as a learning garden; as such, enthusiasm to share skills and knowledge with the community at large is a vital part of this position
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with garden volunteers when required
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills with individuals and groups 
  • Experience working with immigrants and refugees, particularly from low-income communities
  • Commitment to working from an anti-racist /anti-oppression perspective
  • Ability to travel within Toronto and to work frequent evenings and weekends;
  • Criminal Check will be obtained for this position
  • Availability to work on some weekends and evenings

Salary: $14 per hour
Hours: 30 per week
Duration: 09 weeks
Location: West satellite location AccessPoint on Jane (761 Jane Street, 2nd Floor) – 2 positions
Bargaining Unit: This position is excluded from the bargaining unit

Interviews will take place on the week of May 27. Positions start on June 10 and/or June 24.

How to Apply

With “Community Programs Assistant –Garden and Food Programs” in the subject heading, please send your resume and cover letter by May 24th, 2019 5:00pm to:

by E-mail:

by Regular Mail: Hiring Committee, Community Programs Assistant Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services 340 College Street, Suite 500, Toronto, ON, M5T 3A9

No phone calls please

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.