Position: Farm Apprentice
Type: summer job with room, board, stipend (see below)
Organization: Camp Amy Molson: www.campamymolson.com
Farm Program: www.youngrootsfarm.org
Location: Montreal and Grenville-sur-la-rouge, Quebec
Contract Details: Full-time, 16 weeks.
Start date: May 4, 2020 (flexible)
End date: August 28, 2020
Acting Supervisors: Farm Program Coordinator and Program Director, Camp Amy Molson
Camp Amy Molson (C.A.M.) is a summer camp with a 75-year history of providing outdoor experiences and life skills to at-risk populations from Montreal. Located in the beautiful foothills of the Laurentians, on traditional Kanien’keha and Anishinaabe territory, between
Ottawa and Montreal, we engage over 550 participants in our programs throughout the year (summer camp, family camp, youth farm and wilderness immersion camp). We are committed to providing some of the most affordable programs in the province. Our main activity is summer camp for 150 children at a time (ages 5-13), focusing on fun, excitement, self-esteem building as well as important time for decompression in contact with nature away from the city. Other programs include Farm and Wilderness Camp for 12-17 year olds, family getaway weekends for inner-city community centres and harvest events for families and the public.
Young Roots Farm is the community farm at C.A.M. For eight years, its mandate has been to spread the joys of growing vegetables, fruit and animal products and strive for balance with our environment. With an outdoor kitchen, micro scale livestock rotation and a third of an acre of forest-garden under care, we teach self-sufficiency, indigenous cultural lessons, discovery of new flavours, and promote direct contact with the soil, sweat and ecological cycles that we depend on for food. We teach cooking, farming and right relationship with nature, provide vegetables to the camp kitchen and operate a youth entrepreneurship program that brings our produce (including pesto, pickles, and hot sauce) to market. We combine the excitement of hundreds of youths, organic growing methods and a unique farm landscape that has been designed for discovery and engagement to nurture a direct connection between people and their food.
The Farm Apprentice:
We are seeking someone to join our team who is excited by the unique challenges and rewards of growing food and working with youth.
The Farm Team consists of the Farm Program Coordinator, Farm Educator, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, and Farm Apprentice. We work closely together throughout the year and cover a lot of ground! The Farm Apprentice’s role would be to spend the spring learning to help run the farm (seeding, harvesting, bed preparation, watering schedules etc.) and then incorporate that knowledge to help run workshops with youth during summer camp season and keep the farm producing.
Tasks will include but are not limited to:
- Working with the team to grow food and manage the farm ecosystem while maximising ecological diversity and processes.
- Working with the Farm Program Coordinator to become confident in planning and executing seeding, harvesting, and food storage.
- Laborious tasks such as putting up fences, weeding, bed shaping, wheelbarrowing etc.
- Assisting in planning and building the garden beds (including ordering seed, compost, and tools).
- Delivering engaging programming (cooking, harvesting, games, environmental lessons) to youth aged 5-13 years old
- Composting food waste from the kitchen.
- Assisting in other aspects of camp life (carnival days, evening program, keeping the peace in the dining hall).
We are seeking candidates with:
- A passion for food and working with children and youth.
- Energy, enthusiasm, and sensitivity for working with children from different backgrounds.
- Adaptability to the fluid demands of farming and working with youth.
- Strong leadership skills.
- Ability to work in physically demanding conditions (rain, cold, bugs).
- Ability to deal with rustic living conditions.
- Fluency in English. Fluency in French also an asset.
- A valid Quebec drivers license is an asset but not necessary.
We encourage applicants from underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply.
During the 8 weeks in spring, a stipend of $250/week, room and board (all meals provided), and transport to and from Montreal is provided. During the summer (8 weeks), a salary of $1600-$2200 is provided depending on experience. There is the option to continue working into the fall season as well.
Please send your CV and cover letter to garden(AT)campamymolson.com