The Ottawa Food Bank is a respected charity with deep roots in the Ottawa community. We raise food and funds to support tens of thousands of people who need emergency food services every month. Working in partnership with 112 member agencies, we provide food and programming through community food banks, meal programs, Kickstart After 4 programs, and our Community Harvest Farm program.
We are looking for three people to fill full-time, temporary positions as Community Harvest Assistants starting mid-April 2022 and finishing early November 2022.
Working alongside the Community Harvest Manager, the Community Harvest Assistant performs all field-based tasks required to operate a 10-acre fruit and vegetable farm. This role also involves the daily coordination of volunteers working at the farm, as well as the occasional delivery of produce from the farm to the Ottawa Food Bank warehouse.
The nature of the work requires the incumbent to work outdoors in varying weather conditions. CSA certified work boots that are ankle high or taller, with steel toe protection is mandatory footwear for staff operating heavy machinery both in the field and in the warehouse of the Ottawa Food Bank.
Access to a personal vehicle or reliable transportation to the growing project site and occasionally to other local farms is required. The Ottawa Food Bank Farm site is located near Stittsville, ON and not accessible by public transportation.
As an ideal candidate, you will have experience and general interest in gardening and farming, be reliable, and able to work long days in varying weather conditions. You are a team player with a mature attitude and an understanding of agricultural practices. Some experience using farming equipment would be an asset. You will also have experience supporting and working with volunteers, and well-honed customer service skills.
As a Community Harvest Assistant, you will;
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ATTRIBUTES
The incumbent must possess the following knowledge, skills, and attributes:
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Frequent heavy physical activity (e.g., the lifting of objects of up to 55pounds, occasional maneuvering of large pallets of food with pallet jack) and ability to bend, squat, walk, reach, and twist is required to perform the duties of the position.
The daily operating of farming equipment and/or working in the vicinity of farming equipment operated by others, as well as the maintenance requirements of the position require the incumbent to be alert at all times.
Good verbal and writing skills in English are a requirement of the position. Basic verbal skills in French would be an asset.
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, approximately 7-month contract role.
COMPENSATION: Minimum $18.60/hour, commensurate with experience. An additional monthly health benefits stipend.
The Ottawa Food Bank values diversity in its workforce. We invite applications from all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC communities. Please let your recruiter know if you require accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please go to https://theottawafoodbank.bamboohr.com/jobs/ Select the Community Harvest posting and upload your resume and a cover letter.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Dec 31 2021 ID: 62265