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Job Posting: Garden & Maintenance Assistant (WORK-EXCHANGE PROGRAM)

Job Title: Garden & Maintenance Assistant
Position Type: Fixed Contract Part Time
Department: Facilities & Community Services
Reporting to: Building Operator
Location:  AGP – Artscape Gibraltar Point
Application Deadline: June 8, 2021
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2021

ABOUT ARTSCAPE

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Our work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighborhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.

Since its beginning in 1986, Artscape has become recognized as an international leader in creative placemaking, a practice that leverages the power of art, culture and creativity to catalyze change, growth and transformation in communities. Artscape achieves its mission through developing and managing unique cultural facilities—including community cultural hubs, multi-purpose creative spaces and artist live/work projects—and delivering programs and services that promote creativity and cultural space development. For more information please visit www.artscape.ca.

JOB SUMMARY:

Working closely with the Building Operator at Artscape Gibraltar Point, the Garden & Maintenance Assistant will assist in cultivating and maintaining garden plots at AGP including weeding, planting, harvesting, lawn care, property clean up, as well as a variety of small maintenance tasks.

This is a “work exchange position” where the wages paid will be equivalent to the successful candidate’s cost of accommodation on the property. The successful candidate will work no more than 12-15h per week.

The job is ideally suited for artists who enjoy working outdoors, wish to gain valuable artist residency experience and professional insights into how these programs operate.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintains and cultivates vegetable gardens, flowers, shrubs, composting and grounds
  • Maintains watering schedule for outdoor and indoor plants, including grass surrounding the property
  • Research on best practices and products associated to community gardening
  • Variety of maintenance tasks as directed by the the Building Operator
  • Occasional cleaning duties and helping with public facing events
  • Diligent adherence to Artscape Health and Safety Policies and training.
  • Trained on building systems and on occasionally assist with any overnight emergencies.
  • Fire warden responsibilities when the building Operator is not on site.
  • As a member of the Artscape team, understanding the mandate and aims of programming in the building and Artscape’s mission, and reflecting these elements in interaction with users and clients

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Must-have Skills:

  • Working knowledge and keen interest in caring for plants and gardens
  • Basic skills in hand and power tools
  • Professional demeanor, with a positive and proactive attitude
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and handle repetitive work

Nice-to-have Skills:

  • Works well in a self-motivated environment while under mentorship
  • Experience in building maintenance an asset
  • Able to work collaboratively with multiple community stakeholders and Artscape staff
  • First Aid certified

Join Our Team!

We love creatives and creativity!

Join our team and be part of an organization that positively transforms the community through co-creation. Artscape is an urban development organization and global leader in creative placemaking. We have community cultural hubs throughout Toronto. The core of our work focuses on developing real estate projects, programs and services to empower artists and connect them to communities. As a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto since 1986, we collaborate with artists, community leaders, public policy advocates, philanthropists and urban developers, so that our work builds value for everybody. As a team member, you will contribute to the wide range of work we do for the community.

Artscape is dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the diverse communities we serve in Toronto.

How to Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter in confidence to careers@artscape.ca. Indicate the Job Title and your name in the Subject line. In your letter, be sure to tell us where you initially saw the job posted. Unfortunately, incomplete applications without cover letters will not be considered. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, due to the volume of applications we receive, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls, please. In some cases, interviews may begin before the job posting closes.

Accessibility

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Artscape. For more information, please see our Accessible Customer Service policy.

Artscape’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We will hold ourselves and each other accountable through word and action with the assurance that every member of the Artscape community be treated equitably, with dignity and respect. As an employer, as staff, as leaders and community members, we will act in an inclusive manner at all times and with mutual respect of individuals’ rights to be understood and heard.

We believe equity, diversity and inclusion creates a culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals and is representative of the Canadian population and are resolute in cultivating an environment where all people are respected and their differences are embraced.

We do not condone or tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity of any individual. Expressions of hate such as intimidation, harassment, offensiveness or hostility will not be tolerated.

We stand firm in our commitment to the erasure of and fight against all forms of discrimination and harassment, including but not limited to: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Black racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism and anti-indigenous rhetoric and remarks.

We further commit to the creation and enforcement of open and inclusive spaces, free of hate and all forms of oppression.

We will support the growth, awareness and understanding of our most marginalized and racialized communities and will promote and encourage open dialogue that does not infringe of the rights of others or cause harm.

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