Urban agriculture mobilization and education officer
Youth Eco Internship Program2 October 2009
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: http://rooftopgardens.ca/ .
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: www.rooftopgardens.ca, 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.
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 www.yeip.ca 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: email@example.com
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