• Laurie McKay

Hiring: 2 Vegetable Gardners

St. Aidan’s Food and Resource Hub

Don’t go Hungry Food Program - Growing to Sustain Garden Vegetable Gardener Seasonal Youth (15 - 30 years)

Positions: 2 positions at 30 hours/week

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About us: St. Aidan’s Presbyterian Church is home to the Don’t Go Hungry Food Support Program, a barrier-free emergency food hamper program that provides food to anyone in need in our community, no questions asked. The program was initially developed in response to a need to provide support on Saturdays to those who could not access weekday food programs. When COVID hit, it quickly became the west - end food and resource hub with the support of the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society, and funding support from the Vancouver Foundation, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, Reaching Home and many community-based partners. The Hub supports 179+ households/week through a walk-up/drive through hamper program, a food hamper delivery program for vulnerable community members, two “pop up” programs located in Queensborough and Sapperton. Key to this is the diversity of food we are able to provide through numerous partnerships, community support, and what we can grow in our own backyard in the Growing to Sustain Garden; over ½ a metric tonne of fresh produce with a market value of over $7,000 in 2021.

We are currently seeking a Vegetable Gardener with a friendly disposition to support the operations of the Growing to Sustain Garden that has been developed utilizing permaculture principles. The vegetable gardener position will be required to interact with donors, program volunteers and community members while exercising safe and careful material handling.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Continuous planting and maintenance of the St. Aidan’s garden utilizing the guidelines suggested by our permaculture designer Justin Thurn -

  • Harvesting and keeping weight charts updated of produce.

  • Overseeing the planting and harvesting of an offsite garden.

  • Provide direction to garden volunteers.

  • Interact with donors, volunteers and community members in a courteous and professional manner.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and a variety of demands including directing volunteers.

  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with a non-judgemental attitude, as well as possess and exercise good. interpersonal skills by displaying tact, courtesy and patience with community members, volunteers and donors.

  • Good verbal and written English proficiency.

  • Ability to repeatedly lift and move supplies (up to 50 lbs).

  • Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions.

  • Criminal Record Cheque clearance.

Hours and Rate of Pay

30 hrs/wk.; flexible schedule with weekend availability.

8 weeks from May 16 - July 8 or sooner and July 1 - August 26.

$20.00/hr (responsible for payment of their own taxes, and GST if applicable)

Please apply via email with a resume, cover letter, and 2 references Attn: Laurie McKay at lauriemckaydeacon@gmail.comwith St. Aidan’s Growing to Sustain Vegetable Gardener Position in the subject line by May 6, 2022.Note: Position will remain open until hired.The successful candidate will need to start work immediately upon hiring; no later than May 16th.

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