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Position: Urban Agriculture Education Assistant
Type: Volunteer Position
Organization: Ripple Farms Inc.
Location: Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

About Us:

At Ripple Farms our purpose is to reconnect urban populations with food by engaging people through hands-on workshops and educational material. Our aim is to tackle food insecurity one meal at a time - ‘How Many People Can We Feed?’.

Ripple Farms’ brings the farm to the city, growing nutritious, traceable food 365 days of the year. Operating Canada's first Urban Farming Units (2), we manage Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Microgreen production. These small-scale, high-density operations showcase new models of urban agriculture that can be implemented at various scales. As StartUp Canada’s Social Enterprise of the Year, Ripple Farms engages with visitors of all ages, providing educational workshops and farm tours focused on Food Literacy, Biomimicry, Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Urban Agriculture. We believe that education is the foundation upon which systemic change can thrive within communities across Canada.

Who are you?

Our Urban Agriculture Education Assistants are an important part of our social enterprise as Education, Innovation and Local Food are our three main pillars to drive social change in Canada. You will be a key player in creating an amazing experience for everyone participating in urban agriculture camps and workshops! You will work with the Ripple team to educate about our systems with the focus on biomimcry, biology, sustainability, aquaponics, hydroponics, and urban agriculture.

If you are an innovative, friendly, self-motivated and an adaptable facilitator that can communicate key messages for unique audiences, then this is the position for you! We strive to execute fun workshops that are filled with engaging, interactive knowledge-building activities. This is an ideal opportunity for students, recent graduates, and new teachers looking to gain hands-on experience for careers in education, facilitation, horticulture, and science communication. You will gain valuable experience in leadership and team-building skills while working with our campers and team.

We have multiple opportunities for volunteers, from summer camps, to interactive workshops for kids, as well as adult workshops and other educational event volunteer positions. This position does provide the opportunity to grow with the company.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Create a fun and stimulating learning environment for all participants

  • Participate and help attendees during workshop activities

  • Other duties as assigned

Camp specific:

  • Keep campers entertained and ensuring a smooth execution of workshops by playing games or sharing knowledge

  • Lead and manage groups of campers in an orderly, safe manner

  • Supervise campers during breaks, meals and recreational activities

Qualifications:

  • Passion for educating about food security and urban agriculture

  • Enthusiastics, outgoing, fun, and committed to providing an exceptional experience for our summer campers

  • Understanding and experience with Science (Environmental Science, Biology), Horticulture, Urban Agriculture and Sustainability is a plus

  • Experience working in a group setting with children between the ages of 5-16 years (for camp volunteers)

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • First Aid Certification is an asset but not required

  • Must be at least 18 years old

Days Needed:

Not all days are required. When emailing, please specify which days you will be available, and your start date availability. Events will take place at Evergreen Brick Works. Training will be provided.

  • Monday - Friday throughout the summer (especially during the week of July 23-27)

  • Wednesday Evenings from 4:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Possibility of Saturday and Sunday

Hours: Minimum of 8-10 hours a month

How to apply:

Email resumes and a brief cover letter to:
hello@ripplefarms.ca
with subject: Urban Agriculture Education Assistant - Volunteer Position

Please provide when you are available to volunteer, and when you are available to start.

Please visit us at:
Web: http://ripplefarms.ca/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ripple_canada 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ripplefarms/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RippleFarms/

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FoodWork ID: 46368       Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Jul 5 2018