Program Leader, Part-Time Contract

Job Posting – Urban Gardening Program Leader, Urban Roots Youth Program Part-time contract, March 19 to June 29: 20 hours/week; July 3-Aug. 24: 24 hours/week Wage: Hourly $18.50, contract position. Reports to Program Director/Volunteer Co-ordinator, Green Thumbs Growing Kids Green Thumbs Growing Kids works with children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs. We are excited to offer our Urban Roots Youth training and employment program for the second year. The programs take place after school from March through June and during the day in July and August. The successful candidate will have experience working with youth and a working knowledge of greenhouse and garden tasks related to food production. Schedule: Hours of work will vary, but generally the expectation will be that the Program Leader works one eight-hour day and two six-hour days in spring, and three eight-hour days in summer. Description of Duties:  Manage greenhouse and garden-based programs with 12 youth aged 15-29  Supervise and train volunteers to help run programs  Promote the Urban Roots Youth program in the community  Develop, test and refine curriculum relating to food systems, horticulture, urban agriculture, food justice, culturally relevant foods, and food security  Work with partners to ensure program spaces are full  Evaluate program with youth participants  Evaluate and help to hire youth for summer job positions  Supervise 4 youth during summer

Skills and qualifications:  Must have a proven track record in supervising and engaging youth  Must have working knowledge of composting, vermicomposting, greenhouse management, garden or farm experience  Must have good written and verbal communication skills and a positive attitude  Must have experience running youth programs  Must be willing to submit to a criminal reference check for working with vulnerable persons  Must be able to work with minimal supervision  Knowledge of current issues in food security, food justice, urban agriculture, nutrition and environmental/sustainability education an asset  Curriculum development experience an asset  French language an asset Green Thumbs Growing Kids is an equal opportunity employer and members of equity-seeking groups are especially encouraged to apply. Only candidates who are short-listed for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Deadline for application: Friday, March 2, 5 pm. Send cover letter and resume to jobs (at) kidsgrowing.ca.

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