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Positions: Community Harvest Assistants (3)
Organization: Ottawa Food Bank
Location: Stittsville, Greater Ottawa, Ontario

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;

  • Provide farming assistance to the Community Harvest Team at the Ottawa Food Bank Farm.
  • Provide functional supervision of volunteers.
  • Perform a variety of field-based tasks required to run a 10-acre fruit and vegetable farm; seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, irrigation maintenance, equipment operation, etc.
  • Perform volunteer coordination and orientation at the Ottawa Food Bank Farm and other local farms during produce gleaning events.
  • Occasionally operate a Community Harvest vehicle during round trips from the Ottawa Food Bank to farm.
  • Prepare detailed, daily logs of volunteer/staff field work.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


The incumbent must possess the following knowledge, skills, and attributes:

  • Judgement, tact, and discretion, and good interpersonal skills are required when dealing with co-workers, volunteers, donors (farmers), and the general public
  • An interest in agriculture
  • The ability to work independently with a high degree of dependability
  • A valid G drivers’ license and a clean driver’s abstract
  • Flexibility to adapt to varied workload demands and weekly scheduling adjustments due to inclement weather
  • Patience and sensitivity to the special needs of developmentally challenged individuals who volunteer their time to the Ottawa Food Bank
  • Interest in the issues of hunger and food insecurity
  • The desire and ability to foster a work environment that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable
  • The ability to effectively identify problems and resolve conflicts
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel software


  • Market gardening or experience in an agricultural environment is an asset
  • Farm equipment operation is an asset
  • Experience with volunteer coordination and/or supervision is an asset
  • Experience working in a physically demanding role is preferred
  • Up to date standard First Aid certification is preferred.


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.


Please go to  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