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Position: Education and Community Development Coordinator
Organization: Common Roots Urban Farm BiHi Park
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Eligibility: current or previous EI claim (see below)

About the position:

Common Roots Urban Farm BiHi Park is one of two Common Roots locations in the HRM. It is a hybrid garden located in Halifax West that focuses on education, community engagement, skills development and growing vegetables and flowers for sale and donation. In April 2019 the farm’s Halifax location moved from Bell & Robie to BiHi Park. Following a successful move in 2019 we are looking to engage our new community and neighbours and to increase our educational offerings.

We are looking for someone who is very passionate about local food and food skills to help us as we develop lunch and learns, schools programming and reach out to the community to engage them in our on-farm events and new market stand.

Terms of Contract

April 6 - Nov 15, 2020; 30 hrs/week including 3.5hrs most Saturdays; $18 per hour

The position is as an employee of MetroWorks Employment Association, the parent organization for Common Roots.

Duties and responsibilities:

1. Coordinate and Support Educational Activities:

  • Schedule and Promote new Workshop Series
  • Schedule and promote “lunch and learn” workshops
  • Work with school groups to schedule educational opportunities and farm visits
  • Schedule group visits to the farm
  • Assist in the development of educational materials
  • Participate in the delivery of educational programming as needed

2. Community Outreach:

  • Work with the Farm Coordinator to coordinate and host 2 to 3 community events on the farm (target of 100 to 300 participants per event).
  • Create posters and promote weekly market stand in local community

3. Communications:

  • Use social media to promote educational and community events
  • Communicate with workshop partners and workshop facilitators
  • Host workshops
  • Do follow-up check-ins and thank-you’s with presenters, groups and organizations who host us


The ideal candidate for this job will:

  1. Be passionate about local food and food skills
  2. Have strong organizational skills, including demonstrated excel/google sheets proficiency
  3. Be very comfortable reaching out to people via phone and email
  4. Enjoy promoting activities and basic poster design
  5. Have experience working with and coordinating diverse groups of people
  6. Work well both independently and in a very social setting
  7. Experience in workshop development an asset

Deadline for applications: Sunday March 29

Please send a cover letter and resume to with ‘Education and Community Development 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:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 11 2020    ID: 56402