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Seasonal Gardener

Role
Reporting to the Director of Horticulture, the Seasonal Gardener will maintain gardens for the Toronto Botanical Garden. The Contract Seasonal Gardener will be responsible for implementing the planting and care of the plant collections for the gardens of the TBG as directed. The position is 5 days/week; may include weekend rotations, & assistance with special events.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Caring for and tending the plant collections of the gardens of the TBG
  • Spring clean-up including the cutting back and clearing of last year’s plant material
  • Regular garden tasks including weeding, pruning, dead-heading, & watering
  • Preparation of soil for planting & transplanting where necessary
  • Spreading of compost, fertilizer & mulch where necessary
  • Identification of weeds, insects and disease for their prevention and treatment
  • Maintenance and operation of an irrigation system and water features
  • Work with garden volunteers; provide direction and supervision when necessary
  • Assist with garden prep for events
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • A student or graduate of a Degree or Diploma program in Horticulture, Botany, Landscaping, or completion of a registered apprentice program; work experience or equivalent education also accepted
  • Knowledge of gardening techniques and plant species is essential
  • Knowledge of landscape irrigation is preferred
  • Must be energetic, physically fit, motivated and have a passion for plants and gardening
  • Must be prepared to work in all weather conditions
  • Must have a valid driver’s license (preferred)
  • Computer skills are necessary for record keeping and access to email
  • Excellent communication & interactive skills to work with staff, volunteers, the public
  • Must have a mobile phone

Personality and Attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal relationship and strong collaboration skills with all key stakeholders which include staff, members and volunteers
  • Attention to detail, responsive and adherent to deadlines; excellent time management, organization and planning skills
  • Strong sense of accountability, commitment towards measuring outcomes and ability to work in a results-oriented culture
  • Demonstrated initiative and autonomy
  • Maintains and communicates a positive attitude, exercising diplomacy, confidentiality and good judgement

Location
North Toronto
777 Lawrence Avenue East

Application for consideration
Please send your resume and covering letter outlining your interest in this role to: HR@torontobotanicalgarden.ca


Nature Educator (2 positions available)
Salary: $17.00 per hour
Dates: May through August 2020 (some flexibility with start date)
Please note this position is contingent upon funding.

Also available are two (2) Summer Nature Educator roles at $15 per hour for July and August.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you are also interested in being considered for these roles.

Working with Toronto Botanical Garden education and horticultural teams, the Nature Educators will plan, maintain, and interpret TBG’s Teaching Garden and lead the inclusion of Indigenous and cultural/botanical heritage and/or accessibility focused plants and programs. This garden is tended to by children attending TBG school programs and camps. The harvest is shared between them and a local food bank.  Our educational programs, many of which support the Ontario school curriculum, will immerse children in the natural world and draw connections for children between the natural world, art, and culture. Students will participate in hands-on activities including planting and working in the garden, learning about plants, soils, and animals that live in the garden, and creating nature art. More information on TBG school programs and camps can be found at http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/category/learn/school/  and http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/category/learn/kids/

Why work with Toronto Botanical Garden?

  • Make a positive difference in the lives of children
  • Encourage positive sustainable behaviours
  • Network and build lasting relationships with fellow environmental educators and gardeners
  • Work with supervisors who advance your career development through mentoring
  • Work alongside and network with gardeners, horticulturalists, and others who are leading experts in their fields
  • Work on a small team of enthusiastic, creative and hard-working, educators
  • Spend your work days in the beautiful landscape of TBG, Edwards Gardens, and the Wilket Creek ravine.

Responsibilities:
Education (50%)

  • Assist with planning and delivery of curriculum-based garden programs for pre-school, elementary and middle-school Students, and camp children.

Farming/Gardening (20%)

  • Assist with the planting, maintenance, and harvesting of vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Indigenous and heritage and/or accessibility focused garden projects (15%)

  • Research, plan, and implement Indigenous and cultural/botanical heritage or special needs focused garden projects.
  • Track and record seed and plant sources and performance.

Other Duties (15%)

  • Leading staff, volunteers, and interns in garden work.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate for this position is an enthusiastic educator with a passion for food, plants, and gardens. This person should be motivated and able to work independently as well as in a team.

In addition, the successful candidates must:

  • have experience working with and educating children, especially outdoors
  • be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions,
  • be physically able and willing to conduct garden maintenance,
  • be fluent in English with excellent oral communication skills,
  • have basic proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite,
  • be creative, patient, flexible and positive,
  • and have, or be willing to acquire, a current Police Reference Check and basic First Aid certificate.

A drivers licence and occasional access to a car is an asset.

Eligibility:
This is a Canadian Heritage YCW supported position for full-time students who are intending to return to full-time studies in the next semester. 
You are eligible if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada,
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment,
  • are registered in the YCW on-line Candidates inventory,
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment,
  • do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW,
  • have been a full-time Students (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job,
  • have finished the school term at the start of employment,
  • and intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

Application Procedure:
Applications will only be considered if they include the following information in the cover letter:

  1. Confirmation that you satisfy all the YCW eligibility requirements listed above, including your intention to return to full time studies in the fall.
  2. Confirmation that you are registered, or intend to register, in the online Young Canada Works Candidates inventory.

Qualified Candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter as one PDF file by March 30, 2020 to: 
Rebecca Niblett
Children’s Education Supervisor, School Programs
childrensed@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Committed to employment equity, the Toronto Botanical Garden encourages applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.
Accessibility-related accommodations during the application process are available upon request.
Please note that only applicants entered on the Young Canada Works Candidates inventory can be considered.
We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Lead Nature Educator
Salary: $18.00 per hour
Dates: May through August 2020 (some flexibility with start date)
Please note this position is contingent upon funding.


Description:
Working within the Toronto Botanical Garden education team, the Lead Nature Educator will plan and deliver nature-based programs for elementary school groups and summer camps. These programs, which support the Ontario school curriculum, immerse children in the natural world and draw connections for children between the natural world and art and culture. Students will participate in hands-on activities including water testing in Wilket Creek, exploring habitats in the Wilket Creek ravine, farming in TBG’s Teaching Garden, and creating nature art. More information on TBG school programs and camps can be found at www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca/school and www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca/kids

Why work with Toronto Botanical Garden?

  • Make a positive difference in the lives of children
  • Encourage sustainable behaviours through education
  • Network and build lasting relationships with fellow environmental educators
  • Work with supervisors who advance your career development through mentoring
  • Work on a small team of enthusiastic, creative, and hard-working educators.
  • Spend your work days in the beautiful landscape of TBG, Edwards Gardens, and the Wilket Creek ravine.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver new and revise existing curriculum-connected educational programs for elementary and middle school students and camp children.
  • Take a lead role in the planning and delivery of toddler and caregiver programs.
  • Direct the planning, preparation and delivery of nature-based summer camps for children between the ages of 3 and 13, including some from high-needs communities.
  • Maintain TBG’s learning spaces, including the classroom and its plants, vermicomposting worms and fish.
  • Assist with the supervision of a small number of summer staff and volunteers.
  • Perform some administrative duties.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate for this position is an enthusiastic educator with a passion for natural heritage interpretation. A teacher’s degree is not required but preference will be given to those pursuing one. An academic background in the natural sciences is also considered an asset.
In addition, the successful candidate must:

  • be fluent in English with excellent oral communication,
  • have experience working with children and youth from schools and/or camps,
  • have experience in environmental or outdoor education,
  • have experience with the Ontario elementary school curriculum and/or curriculum design,
  • have an interest in horticulture, food security, environmental science and/or nature,
  • have experience with and be comfortable taking a leadership role in a small team,
  • have moderate proficiency in Microsoft Office suite,
  • be creative, patient, flexible and positive,
  • be able to work as a member of a team and independently,
  • be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions,
  • and have, or be willing to acquire, a current Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check and basic first aid certificate.

Eligibility:
This is a Canadian Heritage YCW supported position for full-time students who are intending to return to full-time studies in the next semester. 
You are eligible if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada,
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment,
  • are registered in the YCW on-line Candidates inventory,
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment,
  • do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW,
  • have been a full-time Students (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job,
  • have finished the school term at the start of employment,
  • and intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job.

Sustainability
TBG is committed to environmental sustainability education and action. All TBG employees and volunteers are expected to learn about and contribute to greening initiatives. Information about these initiatives can be found at torontobotanicalgarden.ca/green.

Application Procedure:
Applications will only be considered if they include the following information in the cover letter:

  1. Confirmation that you satisfy all the YCW eligibility requirements listed above, including your intention to return to full time studies in the fall.
  2. Confirmation that you are registered, or intend to register, in the online Young Canada Works Candidates inventory.

Qualified Candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter as one PDF file by March 30, 2020 to: 
Rebecca Niblett
Children’s Education Supervisor, School Programs
childrensed@torontobotanicalgarden.ca


Toronto Botanical Garden is embarking on an exciting landmark capital expansion to achieve education, display, conservation and research across a 35-acreage footprint that will serve over 1 million visitors a year. Botanical gardens play an increasingly important role in the 21st century: they are public institutions best positioned to provide knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and the importance of plants and healthy ecosystems to all other life on earth. 

Toronto Botanical Garden is a registered charitable organization, governed by a Board of Directors.

Our Vision
Toronto Botanical Garden will be renowned for its display of nature’s beauty and as a dynamic hub for plant-centred learning, conservation and research.

Our Mission
Toronto Botanical Garden connects people to plants, inspiring us to live in harmony with nature.

Toronto Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. In accordance with relevant legislation including the Ontario Human Rights and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

 

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