FARM JOB: GUELPH, ON – Ignatius Farm Educator

Posted by Moss Dance on December 19, 2017

Ignatius Farm Job

Ignatius Farm is hiring a farm educator for the 2018 season—if you are interested in growing food, eco-spirituality and farm-based education, read on…

ABOUT IGNATIUS FARM

The Ignatius Farm grows certified organic vegetables and berries for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, farmers markets, local businesses and service agencies. The Farm’s programs include community gardens, acreage rentals, internships, working shares, volunteer opportunities, and several annual community events.

The Ignatius Farm is an integral part of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph Ontario, whose key mission for more than four decades has been to foster an ecological way of life through agriculture, spirituality, and eco-restoration.

DESIRED QUALITIES

We are looking for passionate, imaginative individuals to help us care for the planet and our organic farm. As part of our team you will help build our vision of developing local food systems, innovative greenhouse production, eco-spirituality, community shared agriculture, and ecologically-minded education programs. The candidates should have some background, knowledge or interest in gardening, greenhouse production, soils, ecology, local food systems and the mindset to integrate ecological restoration and eco-spirituality with ecological farming.

The Farm Educator is a strong oral communicator and writer of educational materials, and is proficient with Excel, Microsoft Office suite, newsletter software & social media Ignatius Farm staff commit to Health & Safety mindfulness, working outside in all weather, operating as a cohesive team, and building community.

Assets: Valid G class drivers licence, First Aid/CPR

Ignatius Farm Job

JOB TASKS

The Farm Educator will:

  • Provide workshop trainings for field teams (interns, volunteers, field workers) and external groups
  • Create new content for established programs and community events
  • Produce marketing materials via newsletters & social media
  • Promote programs and liaise with farm training networks
  • Implement programming specific to funding objectives:
    • Career Focus* – Coordinate Community Gardens (3 acres), Volunteers, and Ignatius Farm Internship program; update internal training curriculum for a broader audience
    • OJCP* – Build, facilitate, and evaluate new indoor growing training modules
  • Document successes & lessons learned
  • Support field team to grow, harvest & distribute organic vegetables
  • Activity ratios: 50% program development & delivery; 30% outreach, marketing & events; 20% field support

JOB DETAILS

Career Focus*

  • February 26, 2018 – March 1, 2019
  • 40 hours/weel

Ontario Job Creation Partnerships*

  • January 22 – August 31, 2018
  • 30 hours/week

Compensation will be through the Career Focus program or Ontario Job Creation Partnership program.

TO APPLY

Submit resume and letter of interest to officecoordinator@ignatiusguelph.ca

Application deadline: January 12, 2018 at noon.

You must meet the funding criteria for the funding programs. Your letter of interest must specify the funding program for which you meet all of the eligibility criteria. Funding Eligibility: Both funders require candidates be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You must meet the funding criteria of either the Career Focus* or OJCP* programs:

Career Focus* Internships are partially funded by Agriculture Canada through Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy. To qualify before starting the project applicants must be

  1. under 30 years old
  2. unemployed or underemployed
  3. have graduated in the last three calendar years from a university, college or CEGEP 4. have not participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy program

Ontario Job Creation Partnerships* (OJCP) are funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The OJCP program is not a “training” program, but a short-term work experience opportunity, where participants receive income support. To be eligible to apply to this program, applicants must be:

  1. Currently in receipt of EI benefits, OR able to establish an EI benefits claim prior to beginning a JCP position, OR have completed an EI claim within the past 36 months, OR began a maternity or parental claim within the past 60 months;
  2. Be unemployed, or working part-time (less than 20 hours per week);
  3. In need of the work experience that will be gained through the OJCP position they’re interested in, where this experience will improve their prospects for securing full-time work in their field of interest & expertise

Please send applications to: officecoordinator@ignatiusguelph.ca

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