Job Opportunities

Lakeside HOPE House

Lakeside HOPE House provides tangible, compassionate assistance and care to those in the Guelph community through immediate relief and ongoing support. Our goal is to foster a greater level of independence by delivering front-line services and support that allow our community members to maintain their dignity and choice. This is accomplished through a diverse range of programs and services including a choice-based, bucks-based Food and Clothing Market, HOPE Stylin’ Haircuts, a community Edu-Kitchen, the Guelph Community Backpack Project, a daily Café, HOPE for the Holidays, and other programs to all Guelph residents (including children) living in poverty.

Backpack Project Coordinator Job Posting

 

Job Description

The Backpack Project Coordinator will plan and execute the Guelph city-wide backpack program which is coordinated by HOPE House and provides over 1,100 backpacks to students in need across the city. The participant will work with families living in poverty to ensure that all families in need in the Guelph area receive a fully stocked backpack. The Backpack Coordinator will also liaise with other city agencies to form one centralized database list of recipients to ensure the efficiency of the program. This hands on role will provide a good picture of what working with families living in poverty looks like and offers a great learning opportunity while also filling an essential role in the Guelph community.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • update last year’s work plan to support this year’s operations
  • collect and organize community member applications
  • work with the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition to coordinate city-wide effort
  • sort and organize and order supplies for the assembly of all backpacks
  • recruit organizations to run supply drives for specific items needed for the backpacks
  • participate in developing marketing materials
  • collect and organize volunteers for the execution of the project
  • accurately organize the backpack supplies and materials for pick up by the different Neighbourhood Groups
  • coordinate all the assembly and distribution of the backpacks
  • coordinate the clean up and inventory of left over items (if applicable)

 

Qualifications

  • Be of legal working age and eligible to work in Canada
  • Have a valid G driver’s license

 

Competencies & Skills Required

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Data entry skills
  • Ability to work with spreadsheets
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, load and unload supplies into vehicles
  • Working knowledge of poverty (i.e. generational, situational, working poor)

Provision of a vulnerable sector police check

 

Working Conditions

  • Compensation: $17/hr
  • Position begins May 11th 2020 until September 11th 2020 for a total of 280 hours.
  • Hours are flexible based on the criteria below.
    • May and June – an average 10 hours per week
    • July – an average 15 hours per week
    • Aug – an average 30 hours per week
    • Sept – an average 10 hours per week

 

Direct Reports

  • Some volunteer supervision

 

HOPE House is an equal opportunities employer, committed to employment equity. HOPE House values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

 

Resumes will be accepted until Friday March 6th, 2020 at 4 pm

 

Please send to director@lakesidehopehouse.ca attn: Jaya James

 

 

Community Farmer Job Posting

 

Job Description

  • The Community Farmer will provide overall leadership to the management of two farm parcels of land. All fresh food produce will be delivered to HOPE House or distributed through HOPE in Motion to other food security agencies within Guelph.
  • The primary parcel is an 8.6-acre parcel known as the North Field located on the St. Ignatius Jesuit Centre. In 2019, HOPE House grew vegetables on one quarter of an acre of this land and worked with the Julien Project on an additional 4,000 square foot plot. The Julien Project delivered horticultural therapy workshops to our vulnerable populations. At this site the Community Farmer developed the crop plan, work plan, provided labour and supervised volunteers and the Farm Associate with growing, harvesting and distributing of quality organic vegetables.
  • The second parcel is a 1-acre parcel located at Lakeside Church that has a dedicated group of 6-8 Lakeside Church volunteers who complete the planting, weeding, harvesting and food distribution to HOPE House. At this site, the Community Farmer is responsible for providing expertise and advice to the volunteers on how to best manage this parcel.
  • The participant will work with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds including marginalized groups. This hands-on role will provide a good picture of what working with families living in poverty looks like and offers a great learning opportunity while also filling an essential role in the Guelph community.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage two community gardens
  • Work with and set pace for the Farm Associate and volunteers at North Field
  • Encourage and support volunteers and program participants in garden maintenance tasks (prepping beds, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and post-harvest field clean up)
  • Plant, transplant, weed, harvest and clean produce according to Organic and Food Safety protocols
  • Provide a welcoming space for participants to build self-confidence, wellness and personal skills
  • Work within a set budget

 

Qualifications

  • Be of legal working age and eligible to work in Canada
  • Have a valid G driver’s license

 

Competencies and Skills Required

  • Knowledge and experience in gardening, ecological farming or other field work
  • Knowledge and experience in working with basic farm tools
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and well with others
  • Ability to work within a budget
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and show sensitivity to vulnerable populations and marginalized groups
  • Works well outside in all weather, at a good pace
  • Solid basic math and relational skills
  • Commitment to Health & Safety, operating as a cohesive team and building community
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, load and unload supplies into vehicles
  • Working knowledge of poverty (i.e. generational, situational, working poor)
  • Provision of a vulnerable sector police check

 

Working Conditions

  • Compensation: $18/hr
  • Contract position averaging 20 hours per week (includes some weekends)
  • Start date: May 4th 2020
  • End date: October 16th 2020
  • This position reports to the Immediate Relief Manager

 

Direct Reports

  • Supervises the Farm Associate
  • Some volunteer supervision

 

HOPE House is an equal opportunities employer, committed to employment equity. HOPE House values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

 

Resumes will be accepted until Friday March 6th, 2020 at 4 pm

 

Please send to programs@lakesidehopehouse.ca Attn: Gillian Cornell