Growing Chefs! Ontario: We’re hiring!

We’re hiring!

We are looking for a Garden Programs Assistant to join our team!

Posted on: Jul 28, 2022

Growing Chefs! Ontario is Hiring a Garden Programs Assistant

Growing Chefs! Ontario is a registered charity based in London, Ontario that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects. Our mission is to change the way children, youth, families and the greater community learn about and develop healthy relationships with food. We offer a variety of growing and cooking programming to get kids and communities excited about healthy, wholesome food.

At our Growing Chefs! HQ, we have a beautiful learning garden, and in 2021 we built a heated hoop house at our new teaching facility at The Grove at Western Fair District. We also share multiple garden sites and food forests with community partners at the Western Fair District. We utilize all of these growing spaces to provide hands-on education opportunities to children, youth, and adults on how our food systems work. We harvest produce from these growing spaces to be delivered directly to families in need. We also facilitate garden programming off-site for community partners and in-school programming.

We are very excited to be expanding our garden programming this year, and we are looking for an enthusiastic person with a willingness to learn new skills to join our Education Team. The Garden Programs Assistant position is part-time and hours are dependant on the growing season, 15 hours/​week on average.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting and maintaining hoop-house, indoor hydroponic grow towers and outdoor garden spaces
  • Facilitating community engagement opportunities including workshops, field trips and working with volunteers
  • Assisting with creation of educational content and resources for social media and our website
  • Presenting new ideas about crop planning, pest control management, and activities for community programming
  • This position is ideal for an individual who is passionate about bringing agricultural education to those who don’t often have the opportunity to engage in the production stages of our food system when living in urban communities


Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in learning more about agriculture, landscaping, food systems or working with children, youth and families
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt quickly
  • Ability to learn new skills and retain new information
  • Ability to work in both a team and independently with minimal supervision
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination at least 14 days prior. Proof of medical exemption is also accepted
  • Strong communication skills
  • Computer literacy


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education or hands on experience in agriculture, landscaping and or gardening
  • Experience working with children and youth
  • Experience working in the agriculture or food industry
  • Experience facilitating programs and speaking publicly
  • Proficiency with Google Suite and creating content for social media
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations
  • Knowledge of food safety
  • First aid and CPR


Physical Ability/​PPE Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to push, pull, or carry heavy objects
  • Ability to bend, stretch, twist or reach
  • Ability to use a variety of agricultural hand tools and implements
  • Ability to wear a mask and follow public health regulations such as physical distancing and sanitization
  • Accommodations will be provided upon request. Please let us know if there are any accessibility needs throughout the hiring process

What We Offer You:

  • Work with significant, meaningful impact on our organization and community
  • 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 variety
  • Good food! Good people!

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Ilana Guslits at [email protected]​growingchefsontario.​ca by August 12, 4pm. Those chosen for an interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the hiring process, so please submit your application as early as possible.

Growing Chefs Ontario is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are committed to considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status or any other legally-protected factors.

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