Ecology Action Centre Job Posting

Student Food Program Leader (Cape Breton)

The Our Food Project supports a variety of community run gardens and food projects in Cape Breton. We do so by offering workshops and skills training to residents, and by providing supplies, equipment and labour where necessary. We are seeking a driven, creative, enthusiastic and dependable student with an interest in food issues, who is looking for a dynamic and challenging summer job opportunity.

The job will consist of working with community organizations in Cape Breton to strengthen their food and garden programming. The summer student will work with youth and adults to build strong community relationships, and to meet the respective needs of the various groups and organizations. General building and carpentry skills would be an asset;  depending the skillset of the student, this position could involve supporting the construction of garden infrastructure. This position will be supervised by the Cape Breton Community Food Coordinator, who will assist the summer student in fulfilling their duties.

Eligible Applicants must:

 Have been registered as full-time post-secondary students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. Grade 12 graduates attending a post-secondary institution are also eligible to apply.

Our Food Summer Student’s duties could include:

 Working closely with community organizations to deliver garden and community food programming and support on a regular basis;

 A leading role in the design and construction of basic garden infrastructure, such as garden beds, compost bins and rain barrel installation;

 Organizing, designing and facilitating workshops on basic garden skills, healthy cooking/eating, seasonal cooking, canning, and preserving, among others;

 Documenting, debriefing and evaluation of programming;

 Writing regular articles for the Adventures in Local Food blog;

 Supporting the work of the Food Action Committee and the Ecology Action Centre;

 Producing a final report at end of the summer;

 Other duties as required.

Required skills and experience:

 Experience working with diverse communities on community development projects;

 Knowledge in organic vegetable gardening and some related topics (seed starting, composting, harvesting, plant care etc.);

 Knowledge in food preparation and preservation (healthy and seasonal cooking, canning, freezing, root cellaring etc.);

 Proven ability to work with limited supervision;

 Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;

 Able to facilitate groups of volunteers and community members;

 Strong organizational skills, self-directed, as well as team player.

 Have a driver’s license and have access to a vehicle

 General building and carpentry skills, and comfortable supporting others in using basic construction tools;

 Experience developing and facilitating workshops and programs;

 Experienced photographer and familiar with photo editing software.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from traditionally under-represented groups such as women, visible minorities, First Nations, and persons with disabilities.

Length of employment: mid to late May- mid August

35 hours per week @ $15/hour

Location: Exact location to be determined. Will include worked based at one of the community projects in the areas of Cheticamp, and/or Wagmatcook.

Please email a cover letter and resume (with 2 references) to Georgia McNeil, Community Food Coordinator, at . Please submit your application in the form of one pdf document with required elements in the following order: cover letter, resume, references.

Application Due Date: 4:00 pm Friday April 24th, 2015

**Please note: This position is subject to funding approval. Funding dependent, this position will be between 9 and 12 weeks**

We thank all applicants for their time and interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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