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Growing Chefs! Ontario is Hiring

Positions: Food Education Assistant
Organization: Growing Chefs! Ontario
Location: London, Ontario

The Growing Chefs! Ontario (GCO) mission is to change the way children and families learn about and develop healthy relationships with food. Our belief is that engaging food education programs for children and families can catalyze the evolution of a healthier, empowered community that is engaged with its food system.

GCO will hire four (4) Food Education Assistants for June-August to partner in this mission.

Food Education Assistants will support the delivery and development of all GCO food education programs throughout the summer months. These programs include in-person day camps, virtual school programs, webinars, virtual and in-person community cooking classes, take-out events, and more.

A Food Education Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to work directly with children and youth (ages 3-18) to facilitate fun, creative and meaningful learning opportunities in our programs. Food Education Assistants will also support the logistical and administrative aspects of these programs, such as registration, program planning, health and safety protocols and participant tracking/reporting for funding. Finally, Food Education Assistants will embody the communal attitude of our organization by supporting any GCO program as needed, be that fundraising events, donor and volunteer relations, and/or marketing and social media responsibilities.

Candidates for this position should share GCO’s curiosity about food systems as well as food literacy, and desire to share their learning with others. If you enjoy facilitating unique programs for young people, learning new skills, and enjoying good food (of course), this may be the ideal summer position for you!

Check out our website and social media for a taste of the programs we’ve got cooking: Growing Chefs Ontario (website) | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

Available Positions

  • 4 (Four) Food Education Assistants
  • Mostly weekday shifts, including occasional weekend/evening hours as required
  • Starting at $16.55 an hour
  • Full-time hours (40 hrs/week) are anticipated from June-August

Eligibility (this position is funded by the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Job Program):

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment?
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and?
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience working with children/youth
  • Familiarity with G-Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Highly organized and reliable
  • Adaptability to work independently and with a team in a fast paced work environment
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends

Additional Assets:

  • Experience in front or back of house foodservice and hospitality industry
  • Experience and/or interest in gardening or farming
  • Experience and/or interest in photography
  • Experience with communications, marketing and managing social media accounts.
  • Education related to food systems and/or cooking is an asset (geography, environmental studies, nutrition, culinary, earth sciences, child and youth, etc)
  • Experience in a leadership role is an asset

What We Offer You

  • Work with significant, meaningful impact on our organization and community
  • Opportunities to grow your own understanding of healthy food systems
  • Opportunity to work in a growing, fast paced non-profit environment
  • Dynamic workplace with plenty of job variety
  • Good food! Good people!


If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Christy Cook at . Please ensure that you fully meet the eligibility criteria before applying. Please contact us if there are any questions regarding your eligibility or the job details. Those chosen for an interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the hiring process, so please submit your application as early as possible. Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

Please note: Growing Chefs Ontario is committed to diversity and inclusion. Preference will be given to applicants who voluntarily self-identify as black or other racialized youth, indigenous youth or youth who are early leavers of high school, not in employment, education or training.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 4 2022    ID: 64277