Four Seasons Growing Assistant: Herbs and Greens (Concordia Greenhouse)

Hours:  10 hours/week, 17 weeks (January 5th 2015 – April 31st 2014)

Pay rate:  $15/hour

Deadline for Application: November 28th, 2014, 5pm

About the Concordia Greenhouse:

The Concordia Greenhouse is a collectively run, consensus-based, non-profit organization. It uses the Henry H. Hall Building rooftop greenhouse as an all-organic space geared towards community, education and sustainable horticulture. The Greenhouse is a year-round green space that hosts workshops, projects and events raising awareness around food issues and alternatives to mainstream consumerism.

We aspire to strengthen the urban agriculture movement at Concordia University and in Montreal by growing local produce using ecological practices, providing experiential learning opportunities through volunteering, internships and jobs, and networking with other like-minded individuals and organizations.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Food Production in the Greenhouse

  • Crop planning, planting and harvest of greens, herbs and tomatoes
  • Maintain health of crops:
    • Watering
    • Fertilizing
    • Pest/disease control
  • Liaise with customers, as needed
  • Distribution of harvest, as needed
  • Assist the Four Seasons Growing Coordinator with the following:
    • Managing the project budget and revenues
    • Managing the use, inventory and acquisition of growing materials
    • Experimenting with problem-solving of long-term pest and disease control
  • Participate in record-keeping and data entry

City Farm School

  • Participate in the seedling production in March and April. Duties include seeding, watering, potting up, repicking, pest control, and fertilization, among others
  • Follow strict seedling production calendar to ensure seedlings are ready for transplant outdoors by expected dates
  • Contribute to inventory of materials and plants, as needed
  • Supervise and mentor volunteers and interns, as needed
  • Participate in preparation for seedling sale, as needed

Education and Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Provide Four Seasons Growing Coordinator with gardening tasks for volunteer sessions
  • Participate in managing four seasons internships

Varia

  • Participate in gardening project consultations
  • Contribute to the clean and safe upkeep of the physical greenhouse space
  • Contribute to supervision of the space during public opening hours

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years experience with organic vegetable growing
  • Experience growing in a greenhouse and/or containers
  • Knowledge of urban agriculture, food politics, the sustainable food movement and issues related to food security
  • Ability to work within a non-hierarchical group
  • Experience working with and supervising volunteers/interns is an asset
  • Familiarity with the Concordia Greenhouse and the organization’s goals is an asset

Attributes:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work efficiently in a self-directed and dynamic work environment
  • Punctual
  • Professional and detail-oriented

Email CV and cover letter to admin@concordiagreenhouse.com

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