Organic Gardens Assistants (2 Roles)

Are you looking for a rewarding summer job that supports food security and benefits the local community? As the Organic Garden 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.

Founded in 2001, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is a community-driven urban land trust, nature reserve and environmental institute with its headquarters and first three locations comprising over 900 acres within the Haldimand Tract that spans six miles on either side of the Grand River from source to mouth, land granted to Indigenous Peoples in 1784 to recognise their support for the British in the American Revolution. In Wellington County, rare is creating an Eramosa River Conservation Corridor to protect forever the river and its adjacent forests and uplands –– lands of the highest ecological significance and which are so far largely unaffected by direct human impact –– ensuring connectivity of spaces and survival of species in an increasingly and rapidly developing area. For all its properties, rare acknowledges and is grateful to all of the original stewards of the land. Understanding that this land has been rich in diverse Indigenous presence since time immemorial rare would like to honour and respect the sovereignty of both First Nations in the area: the Onkwehon:we Peoples of Six Nations of the Grand River and the Anishinaabe Peoples of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. In addition, rare acknowledges the Neutral people and earlier peoples for whom there is archaeological evidence on the property dating back 10,500 years, and also those Indigenous Peoples who currently live, work, play and learn in the urban landscape around the properties, such other self-identified and status First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

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 sq ft Springbank Food Bank gardens
  • 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 8am to 5pm with an occasional Saturday or evening shift to staff special events


  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

How to Apply

This seasonal contract is pending funding with a tentative start date of May 6, 2019. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Please submit one (1) PDF document that includes a cover letter, résumé, 3 references and confirmation that you meet the eligibility requirements (references will not be contacted until you have been short-listed and informed) to Taryn Jarvis – Property, Facility and Gardens Coordinator

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