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Position: Greenhouse Worker
Organization: The Stop Community Food Centre
Location: Toronto, Ontario

The Stop began over 30 years ago as one of North America’s first food banks, and has grown into a vibrant community centre, using food as a gateway to addressing many issues, including poverty, the environment, social isolation, and health in one of Toronto’s lowest-income neighbourhoods. The Stop’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality.


The ideal candidate for this position will have experience growing plants within a variety of spaces such as community gardens, commercial, industrial, and retail greenhouses. The Green House Worker will report and be under the direct supervision of the Urban Agriculture Coordinator.


Program Support:

  • Facilitate and support volunteers in gardening tasks during greenhouse volunteer shifts in the greenhouse and sheltered garden
  • Support facilitation of Global Roots, a gardening program (late April – late Oct) in partnership with Culture Link, involving 40+ seniors and youth participants
  • Assist with staffing and animating drop-in times in the Greenhouse throughout the week and on Saturdays during the Stop’s Farmers Market
  • Assist with bi-weekly food order and snack preparation for Programs, Drop-ins, Volunteer shifts
  • Conduct garden & greenhouse tours for visitors (individuals and groups)

Greenhouse & Garden Maintenance:

  • Perform greenhouse/garden maintenance as needed (e.g., watering, pest control, maintaining sanitary conditions, seedling care, seeding, harvesting etc.)
  • Maintain compost systems – indoor worm composting and outdoor composting, and promote community involvement in Green Barn composting
  • Ensure program spaces are kept clean and organized after use

Planning & Outreach:

  • Provide input to Greenhouse and garden planning (e.g., crop plans and other projects)
  • Assist with coordination of seedling giveaway preparations (e.g., contacting community gardens), in addition to seedling production and distribution days
  • Assist with planning and implementation of Greenhouse programs
  • Support outreach and promotion of Greenhouse programs and workshops


  • Assist program coordinators in implementing all relevant Stop policies and procedures
  • Maintain constructive communication with other staff at The Stop
  • Represent The Stop constructively when engaging with the public
  • Help maintain expense records, program logs and other administrative records as required
  • Meet with supervisor on a regular basis
  • Attend staff meetings regularly
  • Participate in broader planning and team building activities at the agency
  • Other duties as assigned

Salary Range: $21.47 per hour
Regular Hours: 15 hours/week
Length of Contract: One year from start date with the possibility of extension

Please email a cover letter and resume by 5:00 pm Friday, January 24, 2020 to:

No telephone calls please. The Stop is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from equity-seeking groups. We regret that we will only contact those applicants selected for an interview.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 13 2020    ID: 55611