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Position: Farm Worker, Production
Organization: YMCA Cedar Glen Organic Farm

Location: YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre, Schomberg, GTA, Ontario
** Opportunities for on-site accommodation available **

Starting Rate: $15.89/hour
Effective Date: March 15 – November 27, 2020

Reports to: Farm Team Leader 
(Part Time Hourly Contract)

Why work for our Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 5,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature & Scope:

YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre is a year round operation, opened 7 days a week, which delivers outdoor education programs to school groups, youth and adult retreats, a day camp and an overnight camp focused on leadership development during the summer months. The centre also operates a 4 acres organic vegetable farm with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, Farm Camps, and farm stands.

Reporting to the Farm Team Leader, the Farm Worker is responsible for following the farm plan, organizing and carrying out the day to day tasks related to crop production with the key objective to maximize productivity while utilizing organic farming practices. The position provides the highest quality vegetables to all customers (Harvest Share members, Food Service staff, on-site and off-site farm stand customers).

Responsibilities:

  • Implement the annual farm plan, created with the Farm Team Leader, by planting seedlings in the greenhouse, transplanting, maintaining and harvesting successions of fruits vegetables on our 4-acre organic farm. At the end of the season, prepare the farm for the winter season by clearing the fields and storing farm supplies.
  • As a team effort, plans expected harvests and organizes distribution of actual harvests.
  • Leads a crew of helpers (assistant farm workers, interns, volunteers, visitors) on a day-to-day basis in an efficient and supportive manner. Supports farm operations and education on a regular basis based on needs of the farm.
  • Proactively supports Farm Team Leader, Farm Workers, and other farm team members. Positively participate in group meeting and coaching sessions throughout the duration of the contract.
  • Ensures that the daily operation of the farm as set by the team is carried out and recorded (i.e. tilling, planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing and to market, cleaning farm spaces and supplies) according to organic practices provided by Ecocert.
  • Tracks and records all farm production related activities in farm log. Monitors and follow planting and harvesting calendars as prepared by the Farm Team Leader.
  • Identifies and proposes techniques and tools to Farm Team Leader for analysis and approval. Source prices for inputs on the farm and purchase according to decisions made by Farm Team Leader.
  • Imagine and trouble shoot farm compost system and use of available resources or potential infrastructure to ameliorate soil health.
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.
  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Formal or informal training in organic agriculture, horticulture, gardening, landscaping, or a related field
  • Minimum of 2 full seasons in a leadership role with a team of employees and using practical skills for organic market gardening
  • Demonstrated leadership in leading a farm crew and providing superior customer service
  • Ability to build successful communication with the Farm Team Leader to ensure continuous and efficient production
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with staff team, members, customers and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Routinely perform hard physical labour on a regular basis
  • Flexibility to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Must have valid driver’s license for Harvest Share deliveries
  • Must have a personal arrangement to commute to the farm. YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre is not accessible by public transit
  • Standard first aid and CPR
  • Ability to use frequent light to medium physical effort: lifting up to 20 kg (44 lbs.), bending and stooping
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • The following position requires the following Association and Leadership Competencies: advanced competence in: Effective Interpersonal Communication; being Member Focused; Relationship Building and Partnering; being Results Focused; Teamwork and Collaboration; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion; Building Community Relationships and Resources; People Management; Planning and Initiative fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self- Management; Association Management and Stewardship; Cross Functional Integration; Leadership; Strategic Orientation and Change Management

Please send cover letter and résumé quoting job posting # by Friday, February 28, 2020 to:

Melisanne Loiselle-Gascon
Farm Team Leader
YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
13300 11th Concession Schomberg, ON L0G1T0

Email: Melisanne.Loiselle-Gascon@YMCAGTA.ORG

F: 905-859-6750

** Opportunities for on-site accommodation available **

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

About the YMCA of Greater Toronto:

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plans Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come. http://www.ymcagta.org

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 9 2020    ID: 55968