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.  Please review eligibility details before applying.  

Hours: 30 hours a week, early May until mid November

Wage: This position is paid for through the JCP program and payment will be made through them.  Payment is the maximum EI weekly rate, which for 30 hours a week works out to just over $22/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 work with 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.
  • Support volunteers in the garden, including working with individuals who are new to Canada with limited English.
  • Assist with the organization and execution of 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 are an asset.

The ideal candidate for this job will:

  • Have experience gardening vegetables and/or have a keen interest to learn.  A passion for cooking/local eating is also a great asset.  
  • Have strong attention to detail and able to carry out tasks independently 
  • Have enthusiasm for outdoor physical work
  • Enjoy working with diverse groups of people, including people who are new to Canada
  • Have experience with fast paced market environments
  • Work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Valid driver’s license is an asset
  • Access to a vehicle is an asset

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

 Deadline for applications:  Friday April 19th

Please send a cover letter and resume to with ‘Garden Engagement Coordinator’ in the Subject line.  Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.  

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.  Please refer to:

Read more about Common Roots Urban Farms here.

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