Job descriptions: Community Development Worker, Garden Helper

Community Development Worker: Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan/Healing Garden at St. Matthew's United Church

 

Background:

Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan—Healing Garden is a modest start for The National Healing Forests Initiative in the City of Toronto. Located at the corner of St. Clair West and Rushton Road, this greenspace under an urban canopy of mature trees gives substance to St. Matthew’s United Church’s commitment to Right Relations with Indigenous people.

 

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Group (IPSG) at the Church was founded in 2018 in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We aspire to live in accordance with St. Matt’s Territorial Acknowledgement, which recognizes 15,000 years of Indigenous history in this place as well as our commitment to the Land and its first stewards. 

Job Description:

As part of the Noojimo'iwewin Gitigaan-Healing Garden Crew, the Community Development Worker will collaborate on creating and implementing the 2021 workplan. They will gain Indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge about land and water stewardship, and develop basic science communication skills.  As their skills and knowledge grow, they will design, facilitate, and evaluate participatory Garden activities and programs as well as create public education materials on plant identification and environmental stewardship.  They will also contribute content to e-newsletters and other online platforms used by the church and our partners.  

Working with the Elder-in-Residence and the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Group, they will support programming for Indigenous History Month, World Environment Day, Rivers to Oceans Week, the Summer Solstice, and Pollinator Week. They will cultivate relationship-building, cooperative problem-solving, and consensus decision-making skills in order to complete tasks, resolve tensions, and celebrate accomplishments. Throughout, they will demonstrate flexible, authentic communication skills when working with people of all races, ethnicities, spiritualities, sexualities, gender expressions, abilities, and socio-economic circumstances, from the very young to the very old.

Qualifications:

  • Understanding of place-based community organizing and development

  • Interest in land-based program development, Indigenous and sustainable growing practices, and food justice

  • Confidence to share information orally with individuals and small groups, including starting conversations with strangers

  • Ability to self-organize—including managing schedule, timelines, and deadlines--to complete workplan, including comfort with use of technology for communications and supervisory purposes

  • Strong English-language writing skills, and interest in community journalism, science communication, and other forms of content creation

  • Creative program and event ideas that follow COVID 19 protocols

  • Respect for faith and spiritual practices

  • Openness to people of diverse ages, races, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexualities, abilities, incomes, and life experiences

  • Some post-secondary education in a related field such as Environmental Studies, Indigenous Studies, Communications, Community Work, or Social Work

  • Interest in photography an asset

 

The successful applicant will receive guidance and mentoring from the Elder-in-Residence as well as experienced community workers, journalists, and science communicators.

 

St. Matthew’s United Church is committed to equity and social justice. It endeavors to remove barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups, particularly Indigenous persons, persons of color, LGBTQ2SIA+ persons, and persons with disabilities. St. Matthew’s encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover ​​letters. St. Matthew’s will strive to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities upon request. If you are selected for an interview, please notify the hiring committee in advance to your requirement for accommodation.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan/Healing Garden Co-Lead, Robin Buyers, at buyersrobin@gmail.com by Monday, May 10th, 2021.

 

Due to Canada Summer Jobs funding requirements, all applicants must be 30 years of age or younger. Indigenous applicants will be prioritized for this position. 

 

St. Matthew’s thanks all applicants for their interest, but only those invited to an interview will be contacted.

  • Location: 729 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto

  • Start Date: May 25, 2021 

  • End Date: July 16, 2021 

  • Hours and Days: 36 hours/week, flexible, with some evenings and weekends required  

  • Hourly Rate: $14.25/hour, plus end-of-contract bonus

Garden Worker: Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan/Healing 

Garden at St. Matthew's United Church

  • Location: 729 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto

  • Start Date: May 25, 2021

  • End Date: July 16, 2021

  • Hours and Days: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. More flexible hours negotiable. 

  • Hourly Rate: $14.25/hour

Background:

Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan—Healing Garden is a modest start for The National Healing Forests Initiative in the City of Toronto. Located at the corner of St. Clair West and Rushton Road, this greenspace under an urban canopy of mature trees gives substance to St. Matthew’s United Church’s commitment to Right Relations with Indigenous people.

 

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Group (IPSG) at the Church was founded in 2018 in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We aspire to live in accordance with St. Matt’s Territorial Acknowledgement, which recognizes 15,000 years of Indigenous history in this place as well as our commitment to the Land and its first stewards. 

Job Description:

The Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan Crew functions as a team, collaborating to create and carry out the 2021 Garden workplan. The Gardener Helper works with the supervisor, mentor, and other volunteers--many with extensive experience in urban agriculture and horticulture--to care for Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan. Tasks include soil preparation, planting, weeding, watering, trellising, pruning, harvesting, and hardscaping. The Helper will learn skills and techniques of traditional Indigenous and other sustainable, organic agricultural methods, including caring for Medicine plants, companion planting, rain gardening, and composting. They will help label the 125+ plants growing in the garden, including many native pollinator, heritage, and other food, medicinal, and ornamental plants. 

As their skills and knowledge increase, the Helper will initiate friendly over-the-fence conversations with visitors and support garden program activities. Following weekly harvests, they will ensure that The Stop Wychwood Open Door program receives its share. Speaking with and listening to community members will take precedence over efficient completion of garden maintenance tasks. Throughout, the Helper will demonstrate flexible, authentic communication skills when working with people of all races, ethnicities, spiritualities, sexualities, gender expressions, abilities, and socio-economic circumstances, from the very young to the very old.

Qualifications:

  • Experience and/or interest in land-based program development, Indigenous and sustainable growing practices, and food justice

  • Ability to follow directions and work safely with garden tools and materials, including some lifting, for up to 6 hours daily

  • Confidence to share information orally with individuals and small groups, including starting conversations with strangers

  • Ability to self-organize—including managing schedule, timelines, and deadlines--to complete workplan, including comfort with use of technology for communications and supervisory purposes

  • Respect for faith and spiritual practices

  • Openness to people of diverse ages, races, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexualities, abilities, incomes, and life experiences

  • Interest in photography an asset

The successful applicant will receive guidance and mentoring from the Elder-in-Residence as well as experienced urban agriculture and horticulture practitioners. Thanks to funding from Pollinate TO, they will be eligible for free certification through Pollinator Partnership Canada as a Pollinator Steward upon completion of the Pollinator Steward Certification Program, a program valued at $250.

 

St. Matthew’s United Church is committed to equity and social justice. It endeavors to remove barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups, particularly Indigenous persons, persons of color, LGBTQ2SIA+ persons, and persons with disabilities. St. Matthew’s encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover ​​letters. St. Matthew’s will strive to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities upon request. If you are selected for an interview, please notify the hiring committee in advance to your requirement for accommodation.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to Noojimo’iwewin Gitigaan/Healing Garden Co-Lead, Robin Buyers, at buyersrobin@gmail.com by Monday, May 10th, 2021.

 

Due to Canada Summer Jobs funding requirements, all applicants must be 30 years of age or younger. Indigenous applicants will be prioritized for this position. St. Matthew’s thanks all applicants for their interest, but only those invited to an interview will be contacted.

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