Employment Opportunities

Job Posting: Garden Animator

Organization Overview:

York Region Food Network (YRFN) is a regional hub that offers programs and education to ensure that the people of York Region have dignified access to healthy food produced within a sustainable food system. Our vision is Food for Health – Food for All.

Position Overview:

The Garden Animator position is an exciting opportunity to build and execute food growing programs in York Region. The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of horticulture/agriculture and have a passion for creating inspiring community spaces.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the activities in our community gardens throughout York Region.
  • Develop YRFN’s Urban Agriculture Strategic Plan.
  • Develop and facilitate the garden education program.  
  • Coordinate and facilitate garden social activities (e.g. pot lucks, working bees).
  • Create a safe and welcoming environment and ensure health and safety of participants.
  • Maintain program records including registration, feedback/testimonials, in-kind support, and volunteers.
  • Seek opportunities to leverage community resources and funds for garden programs.
  • Complete program evaluations and ensure programs are responding to needs in the community.
  • Foster and sustain positive working relationships with others, internally and externally, to further the mission of YRFN.
  • Recruit and coordinate garden volunteers. Supervise summer students.  
  • Other duties as assigned. Some work can be physical.


  • Relevant diploma or degree or equivalent experience – horticulture, agriculture, adult education, community development.
  • Strong knowledge of food growing.
  • Excellent group facilitation, interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to food insecurity issues affecting individuals and families.
  • Knowledge of community services in York Region.
  • Experience in community development and collaboration.
  • Understand the dynamics of working with volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
  • Computer literacy – Microsoft Office, e-mail, and Internet.

Contract Position: one year contact – potential for renewal

Wage: $24.00/hour (30 hours/week)

Application Deadline:    January 14, 2019

Reports to:  Executive Director

Submit Resume to:         Hiring Committee, York Region Food Network

                                                E-mail: 4moreinfo@yrfn.ca

                                                Subject Line: Garden Animator

York Region Food Network is committed to employment equity and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. We would like to thank all applicants; only those invited to interviews will be contacted.

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