Four Seasons Growing Coordinator

Four Seasons Growing & Market Coordinator

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Hours: 35 hours/week

Pay rate:  $17/hour

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. The Concordia Greenhouse seeks to be a place of employment for highly self-motivated individuals passionate about urban agriculture and food security.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

Greenhouse Food Production

  • Crop planning, planting and harvest
  • Coordinating the production of the Four Seasons Microgreens Program
  • Maintain health of crops:
    • Watering
    • Fertilizing
    • Pest/disease control
  • Growing equipment and materials: Ordering and acquisition
  • Customer relations: Communications, billing, distribution
  • Manage project budget and reach target revenues
  • Manage inventories and logs

Educational and Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Host a minimum of one volunteer session per week during the school semesters
  • Facilitate a minimum of one (1) workshop per semester on urban agriculture and/or food-related issues
  • Supervise, train and support Concordia student internships (2-3 per semester)
  • Collaborate on the planning of an educational curriculum mandate in the Greenhouse

Management of the Greenhouse Production Space

  • Facilitate long-term strategic planning of the space use with the Collective and Board of Directors (BOD)
  • Research, plan, implement, maintain, and monitor improvements to the Greenhouse infrastructure and environmental controls
    • Work with Concordia Facilities Management for long-term repairs and cost-sharing
    • Place and track work orders
    • Manage the budget
    • Rectify repair and maintenance issues for rented compartments
  • Provide training on hygiene, pest control and general Greenhouse regulations for all space users, including compartment rentals
  • Manage compost
  • Ensure greenhouse production space is clean, organized and stocked
  • Manage compartment occupancy schedule

City Farm School Market Coordinator (CFS)

  • CFS gardens tasks include:
    • Infrastructure and tools
    • Preparation of gardens in early Spring
    • Support of CFS coordinators
  • CFS market management
    • Oversee CFS promotional materials, contacts, media outreach for markets
    • Run and manage CFS markets
    • Coordinate with NDG food Depot and other partners for markets off-site
    • Co-supervise harvest for markets with student interns

Collective Member Duties

  • Attend and participate in Collective meetings
  • Provide regular updates to Collective and staff
  • Supervise Greenhouse space during school semester opening hours (at least 1 shift/week)
  • Support other staff in the Greenhouse, as needed
  • Maintaining a clean and safe environment
  • Contribute to institutional memory and training guidebook by maintaining clear documentation of the position
  • Ensure production space is clean, organized and stocked
  • Participate in gardening project consultations, as needed
  • Manage and maintain order in collective storage spaces

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum two (2) years experience growing vegetables using organic practices
  • Experience growing microgreens an asset
  • Experience growing in a greenhouse an asset
  • Proficient with teaching, community engagement and facilitation
  • Experience supervising volunteers
  • Experience with general maintenance and handiwork
  • Knowledge of urban agriculture, food politics, the sustainable food movement and issues related to food security
  • Ability to work within a non-hierarchical group that practices consensus based decision-making
  • Familiarity with the Concordia Greenhouse’s vision, mission and goals an asset
  • Management skills

ATTRIBUTES

  • Exceptional problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to adapt to diverse challenges and troubleshoot issues that arise
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to create and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people and to invite and incorporate feedback
  • Familiarity with Montreal’s urban agriculture landscape
  • Understanding of how race, class and ableism relate to the local, organic food movement
  • Ability to work efficiently in a self-directed, changing and dynamic work environment
  • Punctual, professional and detail-oriented
  • Bilingualism (i.e. French & English) an asset

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

The Concordia Greenhouse recognizes and welcomes the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization. We encourage, among others, Indigenous people, people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBTQIP2SAA, women, formerly incarcerated or institutionalized people, immigrants and people from working class backgrounds to apply. We also understand that applicants may experience a number of these identities simultaneously in ways that reinforce and nuance their experience. We are committed to creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.

Please indicate clearly in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for Employment Equity by including the phrase “I would like to be considered for Employment Equity”. Please note you do not need to disclose your reasons for applying for Employment Equity.

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To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to our hiring committee at hrcongreenhouse@gmail.com by Friday, August 18th, midnight. Please include at least one work reference in your application. Please note that only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. First round of interviews will take place on Monday August 21st and the morning of Tuesday August 22nd.

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