Landscaping/Gardening Team Member

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of a unique 900+ acre site in one of the fastest growing urban areas of the country, rare Charitable Research Reserve is an organization situated in the Region of Waterloo in south-western Ontario. Our primary goal is to successfully conserve the natural area and improve the ecological integrity of our landscapes. To do that we need to be a part of a community that values and connects with nature.

Do you love to garden? We have exciting opportunities for an enthusiastic nature lover with a passion for gardening and landscaping, ideally already equipped with hands-on experience or able and willing to learn.

Reporting to the Property, Facilities, and Gardens Coordinator and working closely with several interns, summers students and volunteers in a team environment, Landscaping Team Members will be responsible for the assistance of an effective and safe operation of all of rare’s gardens. Help us to make our gardens bloom with native species and buzz with pollinators!

What we offer:

  • Excellent workplace culture and professional networking opportunities for nature enthusiasts in a diverse team environment
  • Gain experience working in the nonprofit world
  • Gain outdoor work experience and prepare yourself for fieldwork heavy jobs in environmental science or agriculture
  • Meet new friends of all ages who share your passion and interests
  • Learn new skills and techniques
  • Enjoy yard work even if you don’t have the space or resources for your own garden
  • Enjoy summer fun and exercise in the outdoors

Duties and responsibilities:

  • General maintenance of flower beds
  • Weeding
  • Mulching
  • Watering
  • Pond maintenance and cleaning
  • Lawn mowing
  • Pruning, trimming

Desired skills: 

  • Ability to use various equipment, e.g. lawn mower, clippers, pruning shears
  • Ability to work under strenuous outdoor conditions and in inclement weather
  • Minimum of 5h time commitment per week
  • Enthusiastic, committed and reliable
  • Understanding of landscaping basics is an asset
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision

All interested candidates should submit by email in one document (.pdf): a brief statement of interest, resume and contact information for three references to the attention of rare’s Executive Director, Stephanie Sobek-Swant,

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest. Visit for more information about rare.

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rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001