Current Opportunities

Many Feathers is a non-profit organization in north-Mississauga looking to bring local food and sustainable practices to the community. Beginning in 2014 with a small group of young entrepreneurs, Many Feathers has grown into 2018 through developing a successful community farmers market hosting up to 35 vendors and being visited by an average of 1000 customers per week. Established in 2016 the Many Feathers Garden is a project that produces opportunities for the community to learn about urban agriculture and food security and moves into 2018 developing our third garden. Additionally we are establishing a children's education program, new events, and are continuing and expanding our food donation programs.  As an organization, we are committed to the local food movement and to the local economy by supporting farmers and small businesses within the community and in the greater area.

Our mission at Many Feathers is to create local community spaces to empower residents, promote local food, and sustainable living through community engagement and education.

 
 
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COMMUNITY GARDEN MANAGER

Part-time
Date of contract is approximately May 1 - November 1
$16/hour, 20 hours/week

Many Feathers is looking for an individual to manage our two existing and develop our third community garden alongside our Community Garden Director. This individual will participate in promoting the gardens at our events, will engage volunteers, and will fulfil an active role in our garden donation program. This role focuses on the efficient gardening and management of the community gardens; it is a great position for someone with some previous knowledge of gardening, but who is looking to grow their career in the agriculture/environmental industry.

Job Description

  • Reports directly to the Community Garden Director
  • To manage all gardens on-side and administratively
  • Report issues within the garden and record data from harvests
  • Participate on planning teams for future growth
  • Coordinate volunteers and host drop-in sessions
  • Work with Education Coordinator to facilitate workshops and the junior gardeners program that they host within the gardens
  • Project-coordinate current gardens and manage planning to execution of new gardens
  • Coordinate food donations with the Food Access Coordinator and representatives from the groups we donate to 

Role and Responsibility

  • Develop and care for each garden - prepare the soil in the spring, plan and plant seedlings, coordinate watering schedule, maintain plant care throughout season
  • Responsible for weekly harvests and storing produce
  • Be a vendor at the weekly farmers market (role shared amongst other garden staff), participate in the business element of small-scale farming by selling the produce and interacting with customers
  • Participate in extra duties such as composting/manuring and problem-solving pest/fungicide issues through organic means (pesticide-free garden, only natural tactics utilized) 
  • Maintain the garden tracker with the Community Garden Director to track progress; participate in monthly data analysis review to observe progress
  • Health and safety checks

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A degree, or working towards a degree related to urban agriculture, permaculture, environmental studies, etc.
  • Experience in gardening or farming, specifically with fruits and vegetables an asset
  • Previous volunteer experience highly considered - we see dedication to community and volunteering as an important applicant component
  • Be able to work outside in all weather conditions, physically fit for gardening (bending over, weeding, etc.) able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must have reliable transportation; public transit is not available for all sites
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • First aid and CPR Level C certification is an asset or willing to obtain
  • Must be able to work weekends and (some) evenings
  • Must reply to emails in a timely manner from receipt (24-48hrs)

    apply

    If you are looking for an excellent opportunity to share or develop your skills and have a commitment to the environment please apply with a resume or a short email about why you are interested in joining the Many Feathers team to: Samantha Staresincic at info@manyfeathers.ca

    Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until April 10th with interviews to follow.

       
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      COMMUNITY GARDEN SUPERVISOR, STUDENT

      Part-time, 4 positions open
      Date of contract is approximately May 15- August 26
      $14/hour, 30 hours/week

      Job Description

      • To act as a supervisor on-site and be full-time employees to all garden sites
      • Participate on planning teams for future growth, as an assistant to the Garden Manager & Director
      • Coordinate volunteers and host drop-in sessions
      • Work with Education Manager to facilitate workshops they host within the gardens
      • Project-coordinate this garden and others
      • Coordinate food donations with the Food Security Manager (Many Feathers donates 20% of the weekly garden harvest to an aboriginal women's shelter, Anduhyuan, and is developing additional donation programs in 2018 to be facilitated by the Garden Supervisor students)

      Role and Responsibility

      • Develop and care for each garden - prepare the soil in the spring, plan and plant seedlings, coordinate watering schedule, maintain plant care throughout season
      • Responsible for weekly harvests and storing produce
      • Be a vendor at the weekly farmers market, participate in the business element of small-scale farming by selling the produce and interacting with customers
      • Participate in extra duties such as composting/manuring and problem-solving pest/fungicide issues through organic means (pesticide-free garden, only natural tactics utilized)
      • Maintain the garden tracker with the Garden Manager to track progress; participate in monthly data analysis review to observe progress
      • Work with the Garden Manager and Food Security Manager to fulfill the "Fruit Tree Harvest" pilot program in 2018 (community outreach initiative to reduce food waste in the community and donate more fresh food to low-income groups) (pending program lead position fulfillment)
      • Health and safety checks

      qualifications

      • A degree, or working towards a degree related to urban agriculture, permaculture, environmental studies, etc.
      • Experience in gardening or farming, specifically with fruits and vegetables an asset
      • Previous volunteer experience highly considered - we see dedication to community and volunteering as an important applicant component
      • Be able to work outside in all weather conditions, able to lift up to 50 lbs.
      • Must have reliable transportation; public transit is not available for all sites
      • Must have a valid driver’s license
      • First aid and CPR Level C certification
      • Must be able to work weekends and occasional evenings
      • Must reply to emails in a timely manner from receipt (24-48hrs)
      • This position is filled through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and will be available pending funding approval. Candidates must meet the following requirements through this program
        • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
        • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
        • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection ActFootnote 2 for the duration of the employment
        • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

      apply

      If you are looking for an excellent opportunity to share or develop your skills and have a commitment to the environment please apply with a resume or a short email about why you are interested in joining the Many Feathers team to: Samantha Staresincic at info@manyfeathers.ca

      Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the end of April with interviews starting at the beginning of May, and pending funding.

       
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      Event supervisor summer student

      Part-time, 2 positions open
      Date of contract is approximately June 1 - August 26
      $14/hour, 30 hours/week

      Many Feathers is a non-profit organization in north-Mississauga looking to bring local food and sustainable practices to the community. Beginning in 2014 with a small group of young entrepreneurs, Many Feathers has grown into 2018 through developing a successful community farmers market hosting up to 35 vendors and being visited by an average of 1000 customers per week. As an organization, we are committed to the local food movement and to the local economy by supporting farmers and small businesses within the community and in the greater area. The farmers market has developed into a weekly community staple for 3 concurrent years, the night market is moving into its' second year with its' partnership with the Museums of Mississauga, and the organization is developing its' first Farm Hop to encourage agri-tourism in Peel region.

      job description

      As the Event Supervisor Summer Students with Many Feathers, you will work alongside the Director of Operations to develop the logistics of the 2018 markets and farm hop, work to secure funding and sponsorship, hire entertainment, recruit vendors, evaluate staffing requirements, and coordinate a multitude of events to help grow the organization. You will work closely with the marketing and outreach departments, and also with the finance director to maintain clear budgeting goals. This is an excellent opportunity for a new event planner or project coordinator looking to gain a comprehensive experience in event management for the nonprofit sector.

      • Assist the Market Manager in recruiting a wide variety of vendors while avoiding overlap in products
      • Assist the Market Manager in developing contracts and filing required permits/licenses
      • Hire buskers for each market week
      • Hire entertainment and arts groups for the weekly night markets
      • Develop themed markets
      • Develop market activities i.e. info booths or kids activities
      • Assist the marketing team to reach targets
      • Work on potential fundraising techniques; assist the Food Security Manager in working on our food donation programs that run through our events
      • Assist the Director of Operations in developing the first "farm hop" event through outreach and logistics management
      • Work on securing sponsor relationships
      • Complete all permitting and licensing documents
      • Develop administrative procedures for tracking all market activity, while also recording weekly data for overall success analysis
      • and other miscellaneous tasks as they arise, to be worked on with the market manager

      qualifications

      • Post-Secondary education in Event Planning/Management, Tourism, Marketing, Public Relations or similar
      • Ability to work with urgency and meet deadlines
      • Demonstrated commitment to the protection of the environment
      • Highly organized with great attention to detail
      • Previous experience in event planning or budgeting an asset
      • Some customer service skills required
      • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions (through spring, summer, and fall)
      • Must be able to work through emails and respond in 24-72 hours; must have access to a computer and internet.
      • First aid & CPR level C certification
      • Smartserve certification is an asset
      • G class license and access to a car that will sometimes be used for event-related tasks is an asset
      • This position is filled through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and will be available pending funding approval. Candidates must meet the following requirements through this program
        • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
        • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
        • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection ActFootnote 2 for the duration of the employment
        • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

      If you are looking for an excellent opportunity to share or develop your event management or project development skills and have a commitment to the environment please apply with a resume or a short email about why you are interested in joining the Many Feathers team to: Samantha Staresincic at info@manyfeathers.ca

      Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the end of April with interviews starting at the beginning of May, and pending funding.

       
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      education program developer

      Part-time, 1 position open
      Date of contract is approximately May 15 - August 26
      $14/hour, 30 hours/week

      Many Feathers is looking for an individual passionate in environmental education to join the team to oversee the 2018 Education program. This role will be working closely with our Education Program Manager to implement a variety of projects both at the gardens and weekly farmers market that are aligned with our pillars. 

      job description

      • Implement and oversee the summer education program for Many Feathers Coop under the supervision of the Education Manager
      • To engage with members of the community and to propose programs that are aligned with the pillars of the organization
      • Track success and failures of these programs through quantified data
      • Work with children 12 and under as well as with local farmers to teach agricultural education

      qualifications

      • Interest in the betterment of the environment, local food, and urban agriculture
      • Interest in the education field, specifically interest in working with children
      • An undergraduate degree, or in the process of obtaining an undergraduate degree, in either Early Childhood Education, Environmental Science or a related Field
      • Specifically is interested in working with kids/or in the teaching field
      • Energetic and excited about environmental sustainability programs directed towards children and youth
      • Reliable and committed with good leadership skills
      • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
      • Has a valid Driver’s License (certified G class is preferred) with access to a vehicle for some work-related tasks an asset
      • CPR/First Aid Certified
      • Ability to do some heavy lifting (up to 50lbs) and work outside in all weather conditions
      • Willing to work through email with a response time of under 48 hours
      • This position is filled through the Canada Summer Jobs Program and will be available pending funding approval. Candidates must meet the following requirements through this program
        • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
        • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
        • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection ActFootnote 2 for the duration of the employment
        • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

      APPLY

      This position is great for those looking to enhance their understanding of urban agriculture and gain experience in a teaching-based setting.

      If you are looking for an excellent opportunity to share or develop your education/teaching skills and have a commitment to the environment please apply with a resume or a short email about why you are interested in joining the Many Feathers team to: Samantha Staresincic at info@manyfeathers.ca

      Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the end of April with interviews starting at the beginning of May, and pending funding.