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Position: Market Gardener
Organization: YMCA Farm | YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre | Employment

Location: YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre, 13300 11th Concession Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0
Housing: Overnight accomodations and meals available

YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre is a 263-acre site that provides year round outdoor education and summer day camp experiences that foster personal growth and build community for guests of all ages.

Cedar Glen is home to a 2-acre market garden that provides fruits and vegetables to our Food Services department and a Community Supported Agriculture program. The farm presents an educational opportunity for day campers and outdoor education participants throughout the year. In addition, the Cedar Glen farm team is responsible for the operation of a 0.48-acre urban farm plot located at Downsview Park. 

Reporting to the Farm Supervisor, the Market Gardener 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, and on-site and off-site farm stand customers). 

In this role, you will:

  • Implement the annual farm plan, created with the Farm Supervisor, by planting seedlings in the greenhouse, transplanting, maintaining and harvesting successions of fruits, vegetables on our 2-acre farm. At the end of the season, prepare the farm for the winter season by clearing the fields, storing farm supplies and creating an inventory list. 
  •  As part of a team effort, plans expected harvests and organizes distribution of actual harvests. 
  •  Lead a crew of helpers (assistant market gardeners, 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 support Farm Supervisor, assistant market gardeners, and other farm team members. Positively participate in group meeting and coaching sessions throughout the duration of the contract. 
  • Ensure 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).
  •  Track and record all farm production related activities in farm log. Monitors and follows planting and harvesting calendars as prepared by the Farm Supervisor.  
  •  Identify and propose techniques and tools to Farm Supervisor for analysis and approval.
  •   Follow work schedule developed by Farm Supervisor to include occasional travel between farm locations. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

You bring:

  • Formal or informal training in agriculture, horticulture, gardening, landscaping, or a related field  
  • Minimum of 1 full season in a leadership role with a team of employees and using practical skills for market gardening 
  • Demonstrated leadership in leading a farm crew and providing superior customer service  
  • Ability to build successful communication with the Farm Supervisor 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  

What you need to succeed:

  • Commitment to the YMCA’s Mission, Vision and Values
  • Focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of all children, youth, and vulnerable people in YMCA programs including understanding legal and moral obligations related to reporting suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services
  • YMCA Competencies: Accountable, Relationship-Builder, Improvement-Orientated, Team Player & Leader, Equity and Wellbeing Promoter

Why work for the YMCA?

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities. We are committed to helping our employees reach their full potential and are recognized as a great place to work. We offer meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. See what you can expect from the YMCA here.

Joining the Y means contributing to over 165 years of providing opportunities for people to shine through programs and services like health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families, and seniors. Learn more in our 2020–2025 strategic plan, Ignite the Light, which outlines how we are focused on boosting well-being and promoting equity across the Greater Toronto Area.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We strive to remove barriers to employment and recognize that diverse staff who reflect the communities we work in enrich the experiences of our participants and our team. As an equal opportunity employer, we invite applications from all qualified candidates including racialized people/people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, disabled people/people with disabilities and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

If we can make the recruitment process more accessible for you, please let us know when we reach out about a job opportunity so we can work with you to accommodate your needs.

In keeping with our commitment to safety and child protection, job offers are contingent on 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. Learn more about these checks here.

If you are hired, prior to your start date and as a condition of your employment, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical or other Human Rights Code-related exemption.

The YMCA only considers applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, due to the volume of applications we receive, we can only contact candidates who are selected for an interview.

Job Type: Fixed term contract
Salary: $16.55-$17.00 per hour
Expected hours: 37.5 per week
Schedule: Monday to Friday
Work Location: In person


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 6 2024    ID: 70175