Growing Chefs! Ontario: We’re hiring!

We’re hiring!

We are actively recruiting Summer Food Education Assistants to join our team!

Posted on: Mar 20, 2024

Growing Chefs! Ontario is Hiring Summer Food Education Assistants

Job Title:
Food Education Assistant

# of Positions Available:

London, Ontario

Christy Cook, Education Projects Manager

# of Hours/​wk:
Full-time hours (40 hrs/​week) are anticipated

Hourly rate:

Work Hours:
Generally 8 – 4 or 9 – 5

Work Days:
Mostly weekday shifts, occasional weekend/​evening hours

Start Date:
May 30th, 2024

End Date:
End of August 2024

The Growing Chefs! Ontario (GCO) mission is to change the way children and families learn about and develop healthy relationships with food. Our belief is that engaging food education programs for children and families can catalyze the evolution of a healthier, empowered community that is engaged with its food system.

Food Education Assistants will support the delivery and development of all GCO food education programs throughout the summer months. These programs include day camps, field trips, community cooking classes, garden explorations, take-out events, and more.

A Food Education Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to work directly with children and youth (ages 3 – 18) to facilitate fun, creative and meaningful learning opportunities in our programs. Food Education Assistants will also support the logistical and administrative aspects of these programs, such as registration, program planning, health and safety protocols and participant tracking/​reporting for funding. Finally, Food Education Assistants will embody the communal attitude of our organization by supporting any GCO program as needed, be that fundraising events, donor and volunteer relations, and/​or marketing and social media responsibilities.

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

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

Eligibility Criteria (this position is contingent upon funding 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.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

-Experience working with children/​youth
-Familiarity with G‑Suite
-Excellent verbal and written communication
-Highly organized and reliable
-Adaptability to work independently or with a team in a fast paced work environment
-Available to work some evenings and weekends

Additional Assets:

-Experience in front or back of house foodservice and hospitality industry
-Experience and/​or interest in gardening or farming
-Experience and/​or interest in photography
-Experience with communications, marketing and managing social media accounts.
-Education related to food systems and/​or cooking is an asset (geography, environmental studies, nutrition, culinary, earth sciences, child and youth, etc)
-Experience in a leadership role is an asset

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 Christy Cook at christy@​growingchefsontario.​ca by end of day, April 11th. 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 submit your application as early as possible.

Please note:

Growing Chefs Ontario is committed to diversity and inclusion. Preference will be given to applicants who voluntarily self-identify as black or other racialized youth, indigenous youth or youth who are early leavers of high school, not in employment, education or training.

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