Job Title: Garden Patch Site Coordinator
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch is a 1.5 acre urban farm that grows 15-20,000 lbs. of food for distribution to the community in emergency food baskets. The Garden Patch is also a tool for community engagement that brings together 2,300 volunteers annually, including school groups, corporate teams, and community members to cultivate community in a welcoming space. Education is also critical to the success of the Garden Patch. Every year we offer free workshops, programs, and one-on-one mentorship that provides an opportunity community to learn and connection with food in the city.
As a valued member of the SFBLC team you understand and embrace the unique challenges and opportunities involved in the community sector. Your work is rooted in the principals of community development and is focused on building strength and engagement in our community. You recognize the gift of time from volunteers as critical to our well-being and success and strive to incorporate their perspectives into your work. You value life-long learning and the opportunity to further your personal and professional development. You value collaboration and teamwork, both internally and externally, and will contribute to an inclusive environment where all people are treated with respect and dignity.
The Garden Patch Site Coordinator oversees the food production and the upkeep of the Garden Patch within the framework of the organization’s overall operations. Your responsibilities include overseeing the work of Horticulture Assistants and collaborating closely with the Engagement Coordinator and Education Coordinator to ensure the site is well maintained, safe, organized, and welcoming for staff, visitors, and volunteers.
Terms of Employment:
o Reports to: Urban Agriculture Program Manager
Part time (22.5 hours weekly) March 4th to March 15th;
Full time (37.5 hours weekly) March 18th to November 1st;
Part time (22.5 hours weekly) November 4th to November 22nd.
o 8:00 am - 4:00 om Monday to Friday is the standard schedule but, must be available to work Wednesday evening or Saturday at least once a month. Flexibility an asset.
o Wage: $18.71/hour
o Experience in horticulture, market gardening, or community urban agriculture.
o Must have class 5 driver’s license and be comfortable driving pick-up trucks, and cargo vans.
o Highly developed leadership and interpersonal skills.
o Cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
o Excellent verbal, listening, and communication skills.
o Familiarity with community gardens, or working with volunteers on a community project an asset.
o Post-secondary degree or diploma in Agriculture, Horticulture, or related field, an asset.
o Coordinate food production at the Garden Patch including: o Manual labor such as garden planning, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, composting, mulching, etc.
o Ensure timely delivery of produce to the Food Bank & Learning Centre
o Supervise, train, and mentor Horticulture Assistants
o Collect accurate records on harvest weight, irrigation systems, and planting.
o Coordinate site maintenance activities including:
o Ensure the Garden Patch is well maintained, clean, safe, organized, and welcoming for staff, visitors, and volunteers.
o Design and implement site improvement projects within the parameters of the program budget.
o Coordinate equipment rentals and materials delivery for group work days (mulch, tiller, etc.).
o Support the work of the Engagement and Education Coordinators
o Maintain a task list for staff and volunteers.
o Ensure volunteers have tools and materials they need to work effectively.
o Assist in outreach activities such as tabling at other community based organizations and community events, and being an ambassador for the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.
o Share horticultural knowledge with staff and volunteers, as required.
o Assist with leading volunteer groups, as required.
o Contribute to an empowering and inclusive environment where visitors, volunteers, and coworkers are treated with respect and dignity.
o Assume responsibilities of the Urban Agriculture Program Manager in their absence .
o Other duties as required to contribute to the mission of the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.
o Working outdoors in most weather conditions (rain, heat, cold), and working within an office setting in early spring and late fall.
o Working with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
o Stress management skills.
o Multi-tasking and time management skills.
o Flexible in a fast-paced work environment.
o Analytical thinking: understanding challenges and developing courses of action to address them
o Communication: Effective, timely, and relevant exchanges of information that are respectful of a diversity of experiences among our employees. This includes receiving information, listening, and responding effectively in interactions with others.
o Developing others: a genuine intent to foster a healthy learning environment with an appropriate level of need analysis.
o Initiative: Identifying and addressing issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise.
o Teamwork and Collaboration: A genuine intention to work cooperatively with others (both within organizations and the greater community).
o Valuing Diversity: Ability to understand and respect the practices, customs and values of other individuals and cultures. Sees diversity as beneficial to the organization and community. It implies the ability to work effectively with a wide cross-section of the community representing diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic circumstances, and divergent goals.