The Ontario Public Interest Research Group – University of Ottawa (OPIRG) is seeking one employee to work 30 hours per week. OPIRG’s Campus Green Spaces Coordinator contract begins June 1st 2016 and ends July 27th 2016. OPIRG is a bilingual, student-funded and student directed volunteer organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy in the areas of social, environmental, and economic justice.
Background on the project:
This year we engaged really closely with the Community Garden, the learning garden and the pollinators’ garden to understand they way they work and learn what their needs are. There are two types of community-based gardens at the University of Ottawa: the learning gardens and community allotment gardens. Established as an OPIRG action group in 2014, the learning gardens are plots of land that are accessible to most students and staff who are willing to take part in growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and pollinator plants. Gardening events and workshops are typically held throughout the season, providing learning opportunities to all willing participants. Pollinators’ gardens are essential to introduce the basics of gardening and food systems to novice students. These types of gardens can be almost any size and can use a wide variety of plants including flowers, shrubs and trees. Additionally, pollinator gardens are easier to establish and maintain than vegetable gardens, and can be supportive of future vegetable or butterfly gardens. Best of all, pollinator gardens benefit the ecosystem.
The University of Ottawa gardens currently offer the opportunity for gardening experience in spaces that contribute to the benefit of both our campus communities and wildlife. The experience and aspects of learning are accompanied by horizontal modes of organization that govern these spaces in multiple ways relative to the garden’s purpose.
The Community Garden Coordinator will
- organize the working parties,
- recruit volunteers for the learning garden
- organize training opportunities for all green spaces
- organize work schedules for volunteers
- coordinate work with other organizations around campus.
This is a position funded by the Canada Summer Student Program.
All job applicants must be:
- between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
- a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
- returning to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
- a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program
- a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
- legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.
*Foreign students are not eligible.
- Able to communicate, orally and in writing, in both English and French
- Strong organizing, coordination skills and experience
- Demonstrate initiative and teamwork skills
- Some gardening or landscaping experience
- General computer skills
- Knowledge of anti-oppression concepts
- Some knowledge of consensus based decision-making
- Personable attitude
- Capacity to work under stressful conditions, as well as delegate and prioritize tasks
- Experience in planning events, particularly on-campus and neighbourhood-level events; and
- Experience managing groups and coordinating volunteers
- Strong writing skills in both English and French
- Experience in social, economic, and/or environmental justice organizing, especially within a anti-oppressive framework
Salary: $12/hr (30 hours a week, for 8 weeks)
OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they, as individuals who identify with marginalized communities, would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter.
Applicants who wish to be considered for employment equity should mention this in their cover letter.
All applicants are asked to include a brief statement on their understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself, and the work environment.
Only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted the week following the deadline for resumes.
DEADLINE for applications: Wednesday, May 25th 2016 at 5:00p.m. The proposed start date is June 1st, 2016.
Please submit ALL of the following documents to be considered as a candidate:
2) cover letter explaining how you meet each of the qualifications; and
3) a 3-4 paragraph statement explaining your understanding of power and oppression in our society, as it relates to yourself and the work environment, as well as OPIRG.
Send the documents to:
Hiring Committee – OPIRG
OPIRG/GRIPO-University of Ottawa
85 University Private 215 D University Centre
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
E-mail (PDFs only please) to: firstname.lastname@example.org