Urban agriculture mobilization and education officer

Youth Eco Internship Program

Friday 2 October 2009

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In collaboration withe Youth Eco Internship Program of the YMCA Canada, Alternatives is offering an urban agriculture mobilization and education officer position in its Montreal office.

The Rooftop Garden project (a collaboration between Alternatives and the Santropol Roulant) is an unique community initiative who addresses food security, environmental health and urban ecology. Our innovative gardens empowr urban residents to produce their own food, green their neighbourhoods and build healthy communities.

Alternatives is an actor recognized in the field of urban agriculture with its Rooftop garden project, which won a Phénix award in the sustainable development category in 2008, and the Urban Design prize from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) for its project in collaboration with McGill University. Alternatives develops with many local and international partners innovative models of urban agriculture.

By joining us, the intern will have the rare opportunity to familiarizing himself with new sustainable solutions, while working in a dynamic a devoted team. For more information on the Rooftop Garden Project please vist our website: .

Under the supervision of Alternatives’ Environment Project Officer, the intern will support the sensitization and mobilization campaigns of Alternatives on urban agriculture and social ecology. The intern will take part in the promotion of organic agriculture, sustainable development, re-usability, composting and ecological management of water.

Tasks and responsibilities

The intern will experiments the different steps of an environmental education project, and will be asked to create and use different pedagogical tools. As a member of Alternatives’ team, the intern wi be invited to participate in the organisations’ activities and team meetings. Supervised by the Environment Project Officer, the intern will:

 Participate in the update of different educative guides aiming different clienteles on urban agriculture
 Update the website:, and manage the volunteers mailing lists.
 Produce an e-newsletter distributed once every 2 weeks on variou subject surrounding urban agriculture for the members and volunteers of the gardens
 Plan and facilitate gardening activities in the project "world gardens" with immigrant communities in Montreal
 Sensitize the population to the adoption of good habits (healthy food, composting, re utilization, recycling) in many communities (HLM, retirement houses, day camps)
 Help advertise gardening techniques and distribute the "ready-to-grow" kits
 Help plan and organize public events.

Qualifications and skills required

 Post-secondary graduate in a diploma related to communications or environmental sciences
 Good knowledge of urban agriculture and the community sector
 Autonomy and dynamism
 Experience in group facilitating
 Capcity to work in a team
 Excellent communications skills
 At ease with office software (word, excel, powerpoint) and with communication or design software
 Fluent in english and in french.

Other skills a plus:

 A knowledge of spanish and portugese
 A knowled of urban agriculture and gardening techniques.

Eligibility criteria

You must be:

 Between the ages of 15 and 30
 A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a person to whom refugee protection has been granted under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
 Legally entitled to work in Canada
 Legally entitled to work in your province or territory
 A post-secondary graduate.

To submit your application

To apply, fill out the form on the website mentioning that you are applying for an internship with Alternatives

Please join your resume and a motivation letter answering minimally the following questions:

 What is your vision the concepts of urban agriculture and food sovereignty in a local and an international level
 How are you going to contribute to the Rooftop Garden project of Alternatives?
 What is your motivation do an internship with Alternatives?

Also, send us a copy of your resume and motivation letter to:

Deadline to apply: December 21, 2009

Interviews: week of January 18

Internship duration: 9 months full time, 35 hours a week

Salary: 14$ an hour

Starting date: february to beginning of october 2010

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