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Position: Eco Gardener (9 week summer contract)
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Organization: Camp Kawartha
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
Hours: 30 hours / week

Camp Kawartha is an award-winning organization whose mission is to foster positive stewards of our natural and human communities. We are continuing to find creative ways of incorporating stewardship into the culture of our summer camp.

We are seeking a motivated youth with an interest in horticulture, organic gardening and education. The Eco Gardener will be responsible for establishing and maintaining the camp’s organic gardens, enhancing the camp’s biodiversity and overseeing a composting system.

Contract: From June 21st to August 20th, 2021 for 30 hours per week (9 weeks).
Wage: $15 per hour for 30 hours per week.

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ). To be eligible, applicants must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment.

General Duties:

  • Assist in the design, creation and maintenance of new organic gardens and pollinator gardens at Camp Kawartha’s main site
  • Maintains and enhances existing gardens at Camp Kawartha’s main site (Douro-Dummer) and the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre (Peterborough)
  • Plants, maintains and enhances plants in our straw bale solar green house
  • Assists the Food Services Department to grow fresh, nutritious food
  • Assists in the implementation of our Healthy Foods Program
  • Managing and helping with a children’s garden patch
  • Develop a viable composting system
  • Develops tools and resources to help campers understand principles such as; companion planting, helpful and harmful insects and animals and ‘pest’ management and the lifecycle of different types of plants, as well as the different periods of the growing season, indigenous plants to Southern Ontario and their significance nutritionally and traditionally.
  • Assist with general landscaping at the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre

Qualifications & Abilities

  • Experience and/or formal training in gardening and horticulture
  • A strong interest is stewardship and environmentalism
  • Able to develop resources which will inspire colleagues and campers to become positive stewards.
  • Proven ability to organize, deal with logistics and complexity
  • Exhibits a high degree of initiative and self-direction; good analytical, organizational and high level of oral and written communication skills
  • Computer skills including word processing and data management
  • Ability to work with tact and discretion, good public relation skills, good project management skills


  • High School/College or University graduate in a related field.


  • Must have clear Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Standard First Aid & CPR

Camp Kawartha is an equal opportunity employer that strives for inclusion and diversity.

To Apply:

Please email a resume and covering letter identifying the position you are applying for to:

Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

Deadline for Applications: Monday June 14th, 2021

Thank you for your interest in Camp Kawartha.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 7 2021    ID: 60172