Flourishing of the Gardens Internship
- Program stream: Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages
- Job title: Flourishing of the Gardens Internship
- Organization name: Santropol Roulant
- Job location: Montreal, Quebec
- Length of assignment: 2017-06-05 to 2017-09-01 (13 weeks)
- Hourly wage: $12.33
About Santropol Roulant
Santropol Roulant uses food as a vehicle to break social isolation between generations. Creatively and collaboratively, we strengthen and nourish our local community with our novel approaches to active community engagement, youth leadership, food security and social inclusion.
About the Urban Agriculture Program (includes hyperlinks to our website that do not appear here)
We aim to build a food system that is healthy, just, and sustainable. Our urban agricultural program offers opportunities for urban-dwelling Montrealers to learn about and connect with the source of their food. Our food security projects strive to make local and organic produce accessible to community members regardless of socio-economic status, level of mobility, or degree of autonomy.
Santropol Roulant has two urban agriculture sites: one located on the McGill campus (at location accessible to people in wheelchairs) and the other on the rooftop of our building on Roy street. These gardens provide fresh, local and organic vegetables for our meals-on-wheels service and weekly organic basket project for people living with a loss of autonomy, mainly seniors.
About the position
Santropol Roulant is seeking a motivated and energetic student to join our team as Urban Agriculture Summer Intern. As a key member of the urban agriculture team, the intern will play an important role in ensuring that the gardens are well maintained and productive. They will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of urban food security initiatives, take on increased responsibility as their internship progresses, and participate in a range of activities related to organizational life (meeting facilitation, committee work, event organizing, etc).
Primary responsibilities include:
Contributing to garden upkeep and maintenance (caring for seedlings, transplantations and direct seeding, weeding, pest control, staking, pruning, thinning, etc.);
Leading weekly volunteer shifts in Santropol Roulant’s urban gardens in French and in English;
Training and supporting volunteers so they can meaningfully contribute to the gardens ;
Leading garden workshops and garden tours in French and in English;
Support the organization of a community event
Occasionally participating in activities and tours at the Farm;
Being present in the day-to-day workings of Santropol Roulant - working with the rest of the team to ensure that all our volunteers, clients and other community members are connected and happy with our work.
Experience in horticulture and gardening
Experience working with volunteers
Ability to work independently and take initiative
Good verbal and written communication skills in French and English
Excellent interpersonal skills and a love for building meaningful relationships
Excellent attention to detail
Comfort with physical labour
Organization, dynamism and creativity
Interest or experience with event organising
Experience with leading activities with groups of younger or elderly people is an asset
Skill development Santropol Roulant is offering:
Experience working in a not-for-profit organization
Working in a bilingual environment
Communication and leadership skills
On the job training in urban gardening, volunteer coordination and event organizing
Experience working in an organization committed to sustainable development
**PLEASE NOTE** The positions are Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages (YCWBOL) contracts. To be eligible you must be a full time student this year and be returning to full-time studies in September 2017; and you must be between 15 and 30 years old. You must also be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.
The internship is a paid full-time position (35hrs/week) with a schedule from Monday to Friday. The interns will also be asked to work a few Saturdays be able to take the time back in the following week. The wage is $12.33/hr.
As an organization that works to break social and economic isolation and bring people together across social barriers, Santropol Roulant recognizes that people who experience structural oppression and marginalization have a lot to offer our community. People of colour, those recently arrived from other countries, people with disabilities, women, two-spirited and queer people, trans people, and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and to self-identify in their cover letter. Our primary office space is step-free and has an accessible washroom, but our second floor, rooftop garden and basement are not wheelchair accessible. Please contact Stephanie if you have any questions about the accessibility of our work area or your participation in an interview process.
To apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter by email or in person to the Urban Agriculture Summer Intern Hiring Committee at 111 Roy East or rh(at)santropolroulant.org by Monday April 3rd at 9am. Candidates will be contacted only if they are chosen for an interview. For more information, contact Stephanie at 514.284.9335, write to stephanie(at)santropolroulant.org, visit our website or come and meet us at the office.
Montreal's rich history and tradition give this city a uniquely vibrant character. Montreal is the largest officially bilingual city in North America. Work, rest and play all take place in a multitude of languages and culture. Montreal is comprised of a number of unique communities, all of which contribute to the diversity of food, music, arts and architecture. Santropol Roulant is located in the heart of Plateau-Mont-Royal, a neighbourhood that exemplifies Montreal's multilingual and multicultural nature, making it an enriching environment in which to spend a summer working at a community organization.
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