The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre urban land trust and environmental institute in Waterloo Region/ Wellington. Since inception, rare has taken care of the land on behalf of the community through the use of Western tools in conservation, research and education. As rare becomes engaged in reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, these pillars will equally include and value Indigenous ways of knowing and being — to become three strands of a strong braid.

Gardens Assistant
Are you looking for a rewarding summer job that supports food security and benefits the local community? As the Gardens Assistant at rare’s Springbank Farm you will work on an organic agriculture project that does just that! While working outdoors in a beautiful natural setting, you will learn valuable skills, contribute to a beneficial community project and meet a wide array of interesting people.

Supervised by and reporting to the Property, Facility and Garden Coordinator, you will be responsible for assisting with the management of a large organic vegetable garden, providing guidance to groups of volunteers of varying ages and skills, leading a weekly garden program for children attending rare’s Every Child Outdoors summer camp, general lawn care and maintenance of other gardens on the property, and other related duties as required.


Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Physically demanding work in organic gardens including planting, pest management, weeding, mulching, watering, harvesting
  • Plant propagation in greenhouse
  • Successfully grow, harvest and deliver of thousands of pounds of organic produce to local food banks
  • Supervision and leadership of garden volunteers from corporate groups, schools, non-profits, and individual members of the community
  • Providing leadership to Food Bank clients and staff who assist in the 15,000 square foot Springbank Food Bank garden
  • Lawn and garden maintenance within the community gardens and at various rare facilities
  • Organization and maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Help teach children attending rare’s Every Child Outdoors program about organic gardening with a hands on approach including plant care, fun facts, harvesting and tasting
  • Promote rare’s vision at local events and farmers markets

Required Qualifications:

  • Gardening experience
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions, including rain, intense heat and tolerate exposure to biting and crawling insects
  • Physically fit, able to lift and carry heavy weights
  • Ability to use manual tools such as shovels, rakes, hoes, garden forks and powered equipment such as lawnmowers and weed trimmers
  • Demonstrated ability for team work and ability to work responsibly while unsupervised
  • Pleasant and approachable demeanor
  • Observant, specifically in relation to noticing gardens pests and problems
  • Valid G class driver’s license with a clean driver’s abstract and access to own vehicle for transporting self around rare’s property
  • Available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with an occasional Saturday or evening shift to staff special events

Eligibility Requirements set forth by Canada Summer Jobs:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations


This is an 8 week contract. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, confirmation that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth by Canada Summer Jobs, and 3 references to the contact below.  Your application should be contained in a single PDF document.


Taryn Jarvis
Property, Facility and Gardens Coordinator
rare Charitable Research Reserve


No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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