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Common Roots Urban Farm-Woodside is Hiring 2 Garden Engagement Coordinators!

2 Positions: Garden Engagement Coordinator
Organization: Common Roots Urban Farm – Woodside 
 Dartmouth/Halifax, Nova Scotia

Eligibility: current or previous EI claim (see below)
Hours: 30 hours a week Early April – Early November

The Garden Engagement Coordinator will outreach and engage community members in our garden project at the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth and generally help create a functioning, supportive and welcoming atmosphere at the garden.


  • Help coordinate community workshops, work parties, and celebrations in the garden.
  • Support gardeners by facilitating the lending of tools, assisting them where needed, answering questions and creating a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Help build new beds for the community garden and common plots, and maintain the grounds and gardens. This will include weeding, transplanting, watering, harvesting.
  • Promote the garden and the pop-up market stand to the community
  • Help to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers in the garden
  • Create educational and promotional material for workshops and events. Create resource materials for plotters and gardeners.

Applicants should be comfortable with outdoor physical work in all kinds of weather and be interested in gardening, mental health, and working with people.

Deadline for applications: Sunday March 29

Please send a cover letter and resume to with ‘Garden Engagement Coordinator’ in the Subject line.

Please note, this position will be funded through the Job Creation Partnership.

Payment is made through Employment Nova Scotia and generally works out to be above $15/hour for a 30 hour per week position.

To be eligible, you must be unemployed, and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You also must meet ONE of the following:

  • Have a current Employment Insurance (EI) claim
  • Have had an EI claim that ended within the last 60 months
  • Have been employed with gross insurable earnings of $2000 or higher annually in at least 5 of the last 10 years.

Other criteria may apply. Please refer to:

About Common Roots-Woodside

CRUF-Woodside is a community garden and market garden on the grounds of the Nova Scotia Hospital, which serves mental health and addictions patients.

We use gardening as a way to promote physical, mental and environmental health. We do this by providing community gardening space; offering skills training and educational workshops; making healthy, ecologically-grown food more accessible to community members, hospital clients and staff; doing garden programming with hospital patients, and creating a space for gardening that’s supportive and welcoming.

We currently have over 85 community plots that are used by community members, hospital staff and patients. We also have a market garden that grows food for the hospital and community; and common plots that are a space for the general public to explore, learn and sample from.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 11 2020    ID: 56398