Position: Community Garden Coordinator – Ojiibikens Early Years Program
Closing date: October 10, 2018
Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network (Ojibiikaan) is a First Nations-led not-for-profit in Toronto. Ojibiikaan formed in 2018 in response to an identified gap in dedicated Indigenous Food Sovereignty programming to address food systems, food education, food justice, and agricultural and ecological practices and protocols in Toronto. Our mandate is to strengthen Indigenous roots in Toronto, the GTA and surrounding First Nations communities through knowledge exchange and land-based food projects.
Ojiibikens (“Little Roots”) is Ojibiikaan’s Early Years program. Under this program, staff will deliver mobile cultural and land-based activities for Indigenous children and their families in Toronto. This program is funded through the City of Toronto by the Government of Ontario Journey Together strategy for reconciliation.
Reporting to the Program Manager and working collaboratively with the Ojibiikaan team, the Community Garden Coordinator works to deliver garden programming that is embedded in traditional Indigenous planting and harvesting knowledge, protocol, and ceremony.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate garden programing and workshops, in support of Ojiibikens’ mandate through management of timelines, budgets and deliverables;
- Recruit, train and supervise Ojibiikens volunteers with support from Indigenous Food Coordinator;
- Plan and coordinate planting, maintenance and harvest throughout the growing season at our community garden spaces, and lead participants in garden stewardship tasks;
- Develop relationships with community stakeholders to expand community garden locations in different areas of the city where Indigenous families live and gather;
- Coordinate use and distribution of harvest from Ojibiikaan gardens with community partners;
- Maintain activity spaces and ensure the environment is clean and safe for infants, toddlers and children;
- Assist the other Ojibiikens Coordinators in program design, facilitating workshops and hosting community events;
- Document weekly activities, prepare reports and collaborate on the implementation of donor reporting by tracking relevant information;
- Assist with the coordination, implementation, and tracking of project evaluation tools such as outcome measurement, frameworks, surveys and participant evaluation forms;
- Support community outreach and consultation sessions as required, attend committee meetings as required; and,
- Provide support to funding applications as required.
Education and Experience
- Post-secondary degree or diploma in horticulture, permaculture or other relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- 1 – 2 years of experience coordinating garden projects.
- 1 – 2 years of experience with an Indigenous community organization.
- Experience in outreach, facilitating workshops and delivering presentations.
- Experience or involvement with Indigenous Food Sovereignty or other local/sustainable food movements an asset.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of gardening, food accessibility and community based education.
- Knowledge of Indigenous food systems, planting techniques, ceremony and protocol and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).
- Knowledge of a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit language is a definite asset.
- Commitment to fostering positive community atmosphere.
- Conflict resolution and de-escalation skills.
- Ability to self-motivate, work independently and delegate tasks.
- Effective communication and organizational skills.
- Ability to perform moderate physical labor, lift up to 40lbs and work on feet and outdoors.
- Ability to travel as required, valid G-Class Driver’s License in good standing is an asset.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
- Ability to use computers for word processing, publication, data collection, e‐mail and internet.
The incumbent works in outdoor garden spaces and in a comfortable office environment, and is required to be mobile and travel within the city for programming purposes. Working off‐site at community events is required, as is occasional travel outside the city. This is a full-time contract position based in Toronto from October 2018 to December 31, 2019 with the possibility of extension. The salary ranges from $50,960 to $58,540 dependent on experience.
As an organization primarily serving the Indigenous community of Toronto, we encourage applications from qualified First Nation, Métis and Inuit candidates and all others who are interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request.
Please submit a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 pm on Wednesday October 10, 2018 with subject line “Indigenous Food Coordinator – Applicant Name”.