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Position: Café Associate (Updated Posting)
Employer: Riverdale Hub: Social Gardener Café
Location: Toronto ON (Greenwood & Gerrard

The Riverdale Hub is a social enterprise in Toronto’s East End that houses the Social Gardener Café, Riverdale Gallery, co-working and event spaces, and a rooftop garden. The Social Gardener Cafe is focused on providing our customers with healthy & affordable vegan meals whether they are just stopping in for a coffee or planning catered events. Be a part of an organization that promotes inclusivity, sustainability and community through our many programs and practices. The Café Associate not only shares our values, but is creative, versatile, and passionate about sustainability, food security and community.

Position Summary:

The incumbent will assist with the daily operations of the café and our in-house and online market. This position is part-time (between 1-3 shifts per week). Rate of pay is $18/hr. Start date is asap. This is not a remote/work from home position. 

Key Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and serve menu items and baked goods.
  • Ensure pantry & display fridge are restocked.
  • Prepare, package, and label house-made/grown products.
  • Ensure clean and tidy cafe and patio space.
  • Update food delivery apps.
  • Participate in markets and special events.
  • Assist in the creation of marketing content, including social media and website content.
  • Liaise with the rooftop gardener on the status of in-house grown produce.
  • Follow all protocols for waste management so that we are close to a zero-waste kitchen.
  • Ensure all safe food handling standards and procedures are followed.
  • Ensure all COVID-19 safety and disinfecting standards and procedures are followed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required knowledge and experience:

  • At least 1 year of food service & hospitality experience OR Graduate from a Food and Hospitality training program.
  • Barista experience.
  • Baking experience is an asset.
  • Food Handlers certificate.
  • Ability to follow recipes.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, move product, equipment and supplies (e.g., patio furniture, etc.).
  • Flexibility to work various hours (8am to 7pm, Tuesdays to Sundays).
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team, as well as independently.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office, G-Suite), and familiarity with POS software and food delivery apps (can train).

Start Date: October/November 2021

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to Any enquiries can be directed to this email address.

We thank you for your interest in the position. Only those shortlisted will be contacted for an interview. Please note that interviews will be taking place virtually or in person if COVID restrictions permit.

The Riverdale Hub is committed to equity, diversity, and accessibility and welcomes applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, women, and persons with disabilities.

Please let us know if you require accommodation for the recruitment process and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 1 2021    ID: 59121