Common Roots Woodside is Hiring 2 Garden Engagement Coordinators!

Two Positions: Garden Engagement Coordinator

Organization: Common Roots Urban Farm – Woodside 

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Eligibility: these positions are funded through the Job Creation Partnership program.  Eligibility requirements may include having a current or previous EI or CERB claim.  See details at this link.  

Hours: 30 hours a week, starting as soon as possible until mid November

Wage: This position is paid for through the JCP program. Hourly wage for 30 hours a week works out to above $20/hour. Please note, however, that those hired will not be eligible for EI once the placement is completed.

Position Description

The Garden Engagement Coordinator will outreach and engage community members, help maintain the gardens, and generally help create a functioning, supportive and welcoming space in the garden and community market.

Individuals who identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Black and/or racialized are encouraged to apply and self identify. 


  • Support gardeners by facilitating the lending of tools, assisting them where needed, answering questions and creating a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Help build new beds for the community garden and common plots, and maintain the grounds and gardens. This will include weeding, transplanting, watering, harvesting.
  • Help run the community market including reaching out to the community and assisting customers.
  • Help to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers in the garden
  • Where applicable, assist the Education and Communications Development Coordinator with workshops, events and educational materials.
  • Where applicable, help with food deliveries


Applicants should be comfortable with outdoor physical work (including bending, kneeling and lifting heavy objects) in all kinds of weather and be interested in gardening, mental health, and working with people.  Basic computer and email skills may also be needed.

The ideal candidate for this job will:

  1. Have experience gardening vegetables and/or have a keen interest to learn.  A passion for cooking/local eating is also a great asset.  
  2. Have strong attention to detail and able to carry out tasks independently 
  3. Have enthusiasm for outdoor physical work
  4. Have experience working with and coordinating diverse groups of people
  5. Have experience with fast paced market environments
  6. Work well both independently and as part of a team.
  7. Valid drivers license is an asset
  8. Access to a vehicle is an asset

Please note, interpreters can be made available for interview and training for this position. 

 Deadline for applications:  Sunday, April 10

Please send a cover letter and resume to with ‘Garden Engagement Coordinator’ in the Subject line.

Please note, this position will be funded through the Job Creation Partnership.  Applicants are encouraged to apply to the program as soon as possible to allow an earlier start date once hired.

To be eligible, you also must meet ONE of the following:

  • Have a current Employment Insurance (EI) claim
  • Have had an EI claim that ended within the last 60 months
  • Have received benefits under the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Have been employed with gross insurable earnings of $2000 or higher annually in at least 5 of the last 10 years.  

Other criteria also applies.  Please refer to:

Read more about Common Roots Urban Farms here.

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