Growing Chefs! Ontario is Hiring!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Update: this position has been filled

*Please note that this position was conceived of and planned before the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently waiting on direction and guidance from our provincial and municipal governments and health agencies on whether our programs will be able to run. This may impact several aspects of this position including certain duties, specific start and end dates and full or part-time status.

The Growing Chefs! Ontario (GCO) mission is to get kids excited about healthy, wholesome food. Our belief is that engaging  food education programs for children can catalyze the evolution of a healthier, empowered community that is engaged with its food system. GCO will hire three (3) Youth Food Education Assistants for June-August (with the possibility the positions could extend into the fall and winter) to partner in this mission.

Youth Food Education Assistants will support the delivery and development of all GCO food education programs throughout the summer or fall/winter. These programs include field trips, day camps, community cooking classes, dinner events, BBQs, cooking and gardening workshops, and more. A Youth Food Education Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to work directly with young people (ages 4-18) to facilitate fun, creative, and meaningful learning opportunities in our programs. Youth Food Education Assistants will also support the logistical and administrative aspects of these programs, such as registrations, program planning, and reporting. Finally, Youth Food Education Assistants will embody the communal attitude of our project by supporting any GCO program as needed, be that fundraising events, donor relations, or media opportunities. 

Candidates for this position should share GCO’s curiosity about food systems, and desire to share their learning with others. If you enjoy facilitating unique opportunities for young people, learning new skills, and enjoying good food (of course), this may be the ideal summer position for you!

Check out our website and Facebook page for a taste of the programs we’ve got cooking: 

Available Positions

  • Three (3) Youth Food Education Assistants

  • Mostly weekday shifts, including occasional weekend/evening hours as required

  • $15.25-$15.75 per hour

  • Full-time hours (40 hrs/week) are anticipated from June-August, and potential part-time or full-time hours are anticipated from September-February

Eligibility (this position is funded by the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Job Program)

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;

  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and;

  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

Prefered Skills and Experience

  • Previous experience working with children and/or youth

  • Food Safety Certificate is an asset

  • Previous cooking experience is an asset

  • Education related to food systems and/or cooking is an asset (geography, environmental studies, nutrition, culinary, earth sciences, child and youth, etc)

  • Familiarity with G-Suite is an asset

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

  • Highly organized and reliable

  • Adaptability to working independently and with a team in a fast paced work environment

  • Available to work some evenings and weekends

What We Offer You

  • Work with significant, meaningful impact on our organization

  • Opportunities to grow your own understanding of healthy food systems

  • Opportunity to work in a growing, fast paced non-profit environment

  • Dynamic workplace with plenty of job variability

  • Good food! Good people!


If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Christy Cook at, as soon as possible. Please specify whether you are available for full-time summer hours, and/or part-time fall/winter hours. Please ensure that you fully meet the eligibility criteria before applying. Please contact us if there are any questions regarding your eligibility or the job details. Those chosen for an interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the hiring process, so please be sure to submit your application as soon as possible! 




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