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Driver and Customer Service Trainee Job Description
To drive and deliver produce on behalf of FoodShare Toronto with a specific focus on driving, setting-up, cleaning up and assisting with Grab Some Good Markets.
Detailed Job Description:
- Drives FoodShare’s cube van trucks or mini-vans to set-up and assist with Grab Some Good Markets in a timely fashion to all parts of the City of Toronto.
- Drive, set-up and assist with Mobile Good Food Markets and drive for other routes when necessary and available.
- Responsible for Inventory and quality control at Grab Some Good Markets.
- Act as main contact person with on site TTC staff and relay information to Market Senior Coordinator.
- Represents FoodShare Toronto and provides courteous, respectful and excellent customer service to the diverse customers and supporters of FoodShare.
- When cash is collected at a market, delivers cash and checks providing 100% accountability for cash that is reconciled with the bookkeepers and managers.
- Organizes inventory and quality control at Grab Some Good Markets and communicates with Warehouse Supervisor and kitchen with regard to unsold produce.
- As time permits and as assigned, works in the warehouse to support the Good Food Box, Good Food Markets and Fresh Produce Programs as needed including receiving produce and cleaning the warehouse.
- As time permits, as assigned, cleans and maintain all FoodShare vehicles in the fleet and report issues when necessary to Fleet Senior Coordinator.
- Participates in FoodShare internal committees, attends staff meetings and as time permits and are agreed upon, takes on other responsibilities and tasks.
Salary: $18.00 per hour for a 35 hour week – position is for 1 year.
Please email your cover letter and resume to Alvin Rebick – firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must be able to register with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment Training
Field to Table Schools Educator
FoodShare Toronto is looking for an experienced, passionate, and creative educator with a strong understanding of the food system, including nutrition, cooking, gardening, composting and food justice. FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools program has been delivering food literacy education to students and teachers across Toronto for the past decade. This year we are working with 10 schools to pilot the Good Food Machine – each school will receive 3 hydroponic tower gardens, a mobile teaching kitchen cart, and support from FoodShare Toronto staff to animate these resources and bring fun food literacy education alive in their classrooms.
- Facilitate in-class food literacy workshops for students JK-Grade 12 in Toronto schools, including Good Food Machine sites.
- Design fun, engaging, age-appropriate and curriculum-linked lesson plans on food system issues.
- Support teachers in maintaining and using food literacy resources in their own classrooms, including hydroponic tower gardens and mobile teaching kitchen carts.
- Support teachers in adapting FoodShare lesson plans for use in their own classrooms.
- Support existing youth engagement projects, such as School Grown, as needed.
- Assist with FoodShare events, such as the Great Big Crunch, as needed.
- Work collaboratively with volunteers, student interns, co-op students and other Field to Table Schools staff to deliver engaging and effective programming.
- Experience working with children and youth in a classroom setting
- Demonstrated interest in issues of food security, food justice, and nutrition among children and youth
- Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and individuals who have experienced marginalization
- Demonstrated respect for youth culture, knowledge, and lived experiences
- Experience gardening, cooking, and composting
- Strong oral speaking, communications and interpersonal skills
- Ability to plan and facilitate workshops and meetings
- Computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel, email, internet)
Assets: Valid driver’s license, speak a second language, social media skills
Please note that the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check, Food Handler’s Safety certification and Emergency First Aid certification. FoodShare will cover the cost of these certifications.
FoodShare is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment equity and value diversity.
Hours of work: 37.5 /wk
Contract position: June 2016 to June 2017
Salary: $36,000 plus benefits
Please email resume and cover letter by 5pm Friday May 27, 2016 to:
Katie German, Field to Table Schools Manager
Urban Agriculture Assistant
FoodShare Toronto is looking for a 30.5hrs/wk Urban Agriculture Assistant for a summer eight week job to work with our urban agriculture team in our demonstrations, which include our outdoor gardens, greenhouse, composting system. This individual must have strong experience and skill in growing food, leading workshops and working with volunteers.
* Note: This is an HRSDC supported position. Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time and returning to school full-time in the fall and legally able to work in Canada, off campus.*
- Support the creation and maintenance, which includes planting, weeding and watering, of fertile and beautiful food growing spaces for strong, healthy fruit and vegetable growing
- Participate in creating educational signage for all aspects of our food growing
- Support our weekly community garden evenings by creating garden-based crafts for our outdoor garden and greenhouse
- Support the facilitation of workshops
- Support the recruitment and retention of volunteers at FoodShare in the outdoor garden and greenhouse
- Track the food growing process in our garden and greenhouse and other related admin duties
- Participate in FoodShare staff and team meetings.
- Represent FoodShare and its mission in the community;
- Has experience and vision in organic food growing practices
- Able to lift heavy items, wield a shovel and has stamina
- Able and willing to work outdoors in all weather
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and self manage
- Strong desire to learn
- Demonstrated ability in working with and managing volunteers
- Skills and experience in leading children and adults in activities
- Skills in computer word processing such as Microsoft Word, Excel and internet usage
- Commitment and desire to work in a diverse environment where diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, family status and other characteristics is an important and practiced value;
- Second language an asset
Hours and Compensation: 33 hrs for a total of 264 hrs (8 weeks) at $14/hr
Duration: Start date – June 13nd – end date August 7th (these start and end dates will be discussed with supervisor)
How to apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Angela ElzingaCheng at email@example.com.
You will be contacted in one week from the closing date if you are being asked for an interview.
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, May 27th, 2016
School Grown Facilitator
Number of positions available: 3
* Note: This is a Canada Summer Jobs position. Applicants must be 30 years of age or under, currently attending school full-time, returning to school full-time in the fall and legally able to work in Canada. *
FoodShare Toronto is looking to hire an energetic and experienced youth facilitator to assist in the operation of our schoolyard market gardens. The School Grown Facilitator will work alongside the School Grown Coordinator and our eighteen high school youth employees in a small-scale farming operation with an educational mandate.
The ideal candidate would have demonstrated experience working with high school youth (ages 16 to 19) and enjoy outdoor work. Previous experience with gardening or farming is preferred.
Our School Grown program includes three market gardens located at Bendale Business and Technical Institute (1555 Midland Ave), Eastdale Collegiate Institute (701 Gerard St E) and a new location at Heydon Park Secondary School (70 D’Arcy St). FoodShare works with each school’s staff and students in the garden planting, care, harvesting, cooking and market sales. Time will be split between our garden sites and the farmers market.
Detailed job description:
- Supervise and support the youth employees in daily tasks and activities
- Work collaboratively with School Grown Coordinator and other FoodShare staff to develop educational programming for youth staff
- Engage students in general on-site market garden tasks, working alongside youth while: Prepping garden beds for planting, weeding, seeding and transplanting seedlings, watering and setting up irrigation, harvesting and processing produce, helping to maintain our compost system
- Run shifts at the farmer’s market which includes mentoring youth and supporting them in handling cash, merchandising produce and delivering friendly customer service
- Make deliveries to local restaurants
- Act as a spokesperson for the Market Garden and FoodShare in the community, with the school, and with the broader public
Qualifications and skills:
- Capacity and passion for supporting youth with their personal and professional self-determined goals
- Great people skills (good at delegating tasks, helping people feel valued, energizing groups, keeping people happy when its 30 degrees and about to rain)
- Strong communication and organizational skills, great attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and individuals who have experienced marginalization.
- Demonstrated respect for youth culture, knowledge and lived experiences
- Willingness to do physical labour outside in all weather conditions (rain or shine!)
- Knowledge of food justice and urban agriculture an asset
- Background in education, community development, youth leadership an asset
- Holding a valid Ontario Drivers License an asset
- Police check clearance required (to be able to work with students in the TDSB)
- Some evening work will be required (but you’ll always know well in advance)
This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and requires that the applicant:
- Is between 15-30 years of age (inclusive)
- Was registered as a full-time student during the last academic year
- Intends to return to school on a full time basis during the next academic year
- Is a student in a post-secondary, vocational or technical program
- Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
Hours and Compensation: $15.00/hr at 35 hours a week for 8 weeks
Duration: June 20, 2016 – August 12, 2016 (some flexibility around start and end dates)
How to apply:
Please send your resume and a brief description of why you are interested in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: Friday May 27th, 2016