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SUMMER STUDENT JOBS

Position: Farm (2) and Community Garden/Education (1) Assistants Type: Summer job / summer student position Organization: Albion Hills Community Farm Location: Caledon, Ontario
Albion Hills Community Farm (AHCF) is a 17 acre farm located at the Albion Hills Conservation Area. AHCF works to educate the public and community on local food – growing, gardening, and eating. AHCF has three main program areas: market garden, community gardens and education. In addition, we participate and host community events. We are hiring 3 Summer Program Assistants to support our work. Two positions will focus on the market garden (farm assistants) and one position will focus on the community gardens and education. All positions will support AHCF’s attendance at farmers’ markets and other special events. These jobs will support educating the community on growing good healthy seasonal food.
Responsibilities Farm Assistants (2 positions):
 Planting, weeding, harvesting, packing vegetables for CSA shares, on-farm market, farmers’ markets and for donation
 Maintain and organize inventory and set-up on-farm market
 Maintain a safe and clean work environment
 Communicate and collaborate with supervisors and coworkers
 Attend farmers’ markets and special events to promote AHCF and educate public on local food and farms
Responsibilities Community Garden and Education Assistant (1 position):
 Maintain Community Garden and Children’s Learning Garden using hand tools and power mower
 Assist with Farm Club and Dirt to Delicious Summer Camp sessions
 Promotion of AHCF on social media
 Assist with market garden farm program when needed
 Maintain a safe and clean work environment
 Communicate and collaborate with supervisors and coworkers
 Attend farmers’ markets and special events to promote AHCF and educate public on local food and farms
Must Haves for All Positions
 Strong reading comprehension and written and verbal communication skills
 Ability to work at a quick and steady pace
 Teamwork oriented and positive “can-do” attitude
 Good organizational and time management skills
 Able to start as early as 6 am, work in the afternoons, evenings and weekends, as required
 Be available to work on Saturdays
 Ability to use hand tools and be trained on hand powered mowers and tillers
 Ability to be on your feet for 8 hours and to lift a maximum of 50lbs and willingness to do repetitive work
 Strong communication skills including in person, written and on social media
Nice to Haves for All Positions
 Farm or gardening experience, interested in food, First aid, Valid driver’s license G
This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and requires that the applicant:
 Is between 15-30 years of age (inclusive)
 Was registered as a full-time student during the last academic year
 Intends to return to school on a full time basis during the next academic year
 Is a student in a post-secondary, vocational or technical program
 Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
 Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
Hours and Compensation: $11.40/hr. at 33 hours a week for 6 to 12 weeks
Additional Requirements
 Must wear steel toed shoes when working hand powered tools at all times
To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: info@albionhillscommunityfarm.org by 5:00 pm on Friday June 9, 2017. Interviews will be held on Saturday June 10th and the position begins the week of June 12th. We thank everyone for their interest but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Part-Time Office Manager for Small Organization

Albion Hills Community Farm (AHCF) is a 17 acre farm located at the Albion Hills Conservation Area. AHCF works to educate the public and community on local food – growing, gardening, and eating. AHCF has three main program areas: market garden, community gardens and education. In addition, we participate and host community events. We are hiring a part-time office manager to provide administrative support and development for our small community farm organization. This position reports to the Board of Directors.
Key Responsibilities:
1. Office and Operations: Manage office and operations. Processing all incoming and outgoing mail – electronic and surface. Administrative support for all programs. Develop an operations manual by end of contract.
2. Communications: Ambassador, responsible for first line customer and stakeholder inquiries, including telephone, electronic & in-person. Manage and track inquiries, sales and correspondence/distribution of organizational materials. Manage promotions including electronic newsletters, web and social media. Develop a communications process by end of contract.
3. Volunteers: Help coordinate volunteers and set up a volunteer management system.
4. Events: Administrative support for organizational events and event logistics including attendance at farmers’ markets and other events.
5. Other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
 Fundamental to advanced knowledge of computer programs including but not limited to E mail, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Constant Contact and Website.
 Good analytical and problem solving skills
 Knowledge of data gathering techniques to obtain technical and administrative materials for organizational use
 Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, planning, records management, research and general administration
 Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with staff, Board members, membership, government officials and members of the public
 Ability to operate standard office equipment including computers, copiers, calculators, fax machines and related equipment
 Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
 Ability to work in a rustic environment with flexible hours that includes some weekend and/or evening work.

Minimum Qualifications:
College diploma or equivalent (preferred)
A minimum of three years’ experience preferably in a small organization
With some experience in the supervision of co-workers and volunteers
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
Hours and Compensation:
Rate is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Contract is available for 15-20 hour per week from June to October.
To apply for this position:
Please send your resume and cover letter to: info@albionhillscommunityfarm.org by 5:00 pm on Friday June 9, 2017.
We thank everyone for their interest but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Community Farm Internships

 

Position: Organic (uncertified) Farm Internship.
Type: Internship with Room, Board & Stipend
Organization: Albion Hills Community Farm
Location: Albion Hills Conservation Area near Palgrave and Caledon Ontario. 15 minutes North of Bolton. About an hour North of Toronto.

Albion Hills Community Farm is a non-profit farm that advances the understanding of local food and sustainable agriculture practices through farming, education, conservation and community partnerships. The farm is a place where students, teachers, farmers, community groups and families come together to learn about and participate in local food production in ways that serve the needs of growing near-urban communities. AHCF runs a CSA and Market Garden, a large community garden and offers various educational activities on site.

We are seeking two Interns to assist with the market garden from April to October for the 2017 season.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER:

Accommodations in the beautiful rolling Albion Hills. Albion Hills Conservation Area is Ontario’s oldest conservation area and has a gorgeous trail system that connects to the Bruce Trail.

We offer a monthly stipend and all the fresh veggies you can eat, and i will mention there never seem to be any shortage of other delicious & healthy foods and bake goods around the farm :)

We will organize several educational outings over the course of the season and have weekly field walks that will be an opportunity to focus on particular aspects of learning.

Garden space of your own.

The opportunity to be part of an awesome community of people doing really great work!

Experience with running a Community Supported Agriculture & market garden included but not limited to:

Business and Market planning
Equipment care and use
Ecological and organic principles
Permaculture
Soil enrichment, cover crops
Garden planning
Seeding and seedling raising
Planting
Cultivation
Lean Intensive growing methods
Pest and Weed Management
Harvesting and post harvest handling
Food Safety
Market and Restaurant Sales
Sprouting
Running on-site workshops
Facilitating large volunteer groups
Plant medicine
etc. etc. etc.

If you have particular interest in developing any of these areas we are open to spending time with you on them and also may be able to offer additional skills sets not listed.

You will have the opportunity to take on responsibilities as you learn, for things that you are interested in.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:

We hope that you are mature and applying for this position because you want to live on a farm and work on a farm. You expect that farm life is hard yet rewarding work that you can love. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a positive can-do attitude who are comfortable working with others and also like spending time alone. It is important you are able to express yours needs directly and are willing to resolve differences with an open mind and good communication. We hope you are curious and want to learn and encourage you to share your ideas. The work is very long and hard, but it is also fun. Your attitude is as important, if not more important than, your experience.

We will be working side by side for 7 months, from April until October, give or take a few weeks. It is important that we are compatible.

You will be willing to sell at Farmers’ Markets and should be reasonably outgoing. You will learn how to talk about sustainable growing, the products we sell and our farm to customers with genuine interest.

You should be in good health, farming is a physically and mentally demanding job!

A driver’s license and sense of humour are great assets!

Website: http://www.albionhillscommunityfarm.org
You can find us on Facebook: Albion Hills Community Farm

Email: shannonlee@albionhillscommunityfarm.org
Phone: 647-981-6281
Please apply by email.

Calling prospective volunteers of all ages!

If you would like to get some fresh air while working in an idyllic setting, Albion Hills Community Farm is the place for you. As you help us weed, tend and harvest a wide range of vegetables, you will have the opportunity to learn about organic growing techniques from our Farm Manager Shannon.

Shannon is passionate about growing healthy food using sustainable techniques and enjoys sharing her expertise with those who share her enthusiasm. We are flexible about your volunteer hours and we should be able to fit in with your schedule; come for a couple of hours or all day!

Call 647-981-6281

High School Students

High School students interested in working Community Service Volunteer hours with us, please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Fields marked * must be filled.

 

Harvest “Workshare” mid-June – mid October 2017

We are looking for workshares to help us on harvest day throughout our harvesting season. You need to be dedicated, energetic and hard-working, and able to commit to helping us bring in the harvest one day a week in exchange for a CSA share of fresh vegetables (value $600 for the season).

Call us to find out what is involved. 647 981 6281

Click here to read a volunteer testimonial from 2014.

Volunteer opportunity!

We are looking for a few good people to serve on our board of directors as our organization grows.  We welcome individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Contact info@albionhillscommunityfarm.org for more information.

SUMMER STUDENT JOBSPosition: Farm (2) and Community Garden/Education (1) Assistants Type: Summer job / summer student position Organization: Albion Hills Community Farm Location: Caledon, OntarioAlbion Hills Community Farm (AHCF) is a 17 acre farm located at the Albion Hills Conservation Area. AHCF works to educate the public and community on local food – growing, gardening, and eating. AHCF has three main program areas: market garden, community gardens and education. In addition, we participate and host community events. We are hiring 3 Summer Program Assistants to support our work. Two positions will focus on the market garden (farm assistants) and one position will focus on the community gardens and education. All positions will support AHCF’s attendance at farmers’ markets and other special events. These jobs will support educating the community on growing good healthy seasonal food.Responsibilities Farm Assistants (2 positions): Planting, weeding, harvesting, packing vegetables for CSA shares, on-farm market, farmers’ markets and for donation Maintain and organize inventory and set-up on-farm market Maintain a safe and clean work environment Communicate and collaborate with supervisors and coworkers Attend farmers’ markets and special events to promote AHCF and educate public on local food and farmsResponsibilities Community Garden and Education Assistant (1 position): Maintain Community Garden and Children’s Learning Garden using hand tools and power mower Assist with Farm Club and Dirt to Delicious Summer Camp sessions Promotion of AHCF on social media Assist with market garden farm program when needed Maintain a safe and clean work environment Communicate and collaborate with supervisors and coworkers Attend farmers’ markets and special events to promote AHCF and educate public on local food and farmsAlbion Hills Community Farm16555 Humber Station Road, Caledon ON L7E 3A5www.albionhillscommunityfarm.org

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