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Everyday, our dedicated team works hard to make sure that everyone who comes through our doors is treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.

Our mission is to offer support and encouragement to people who are marginalized because of mental health, disabilities, substance abuse, poverty, or homelessness, it’s our job to increase their level of self-sufficiency by providing opportunities. 

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At Start Me Up Niagara, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our services and our community. 

Start Me Up Niagara is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accommodation within reason due to a disability or medical need are available on request for candidates taking part in the recruitment process.

Current Job Opportunities

Program Assistant - Community Farm and Social Enterprise

  • As a Program Assistant you will help SMUN to meet its program objectives. This position has a variety of responsibilities.

    The job description outlined below is intended to be a guideline for the many tasks that this position entails and may be reasonably modified as program needs change.

    Mission: Start Me Up Niagara’s Community Farm is focused on growing healthy foods for SMUN’s meal programs, to share with community partners and to promote positive social relationships through gardening and food. We aim to help improve community health, teach participants how to grow these foods and to make them widely available so individuals can learn how to incorporate them into their daily lives.

    We participate in a social enterprise where our participants can volunteer at the farm to learn growing skills and help make products from items grown for the farmer’s market in local kitchens. The purpose of this program is to promote social connectedness, provide opportunities to develop skills and have income supports. We work in partnership with other local agencies serving marginalized populations.

    Job Overview: The Social Enterprise Kitchen Program + Market Coordinator will contribute to the development and delivery of the social enterprise kitchen program and coordinate the pop-up market kiosk at our Work Action Centre. This includes working alongside volunteers and participants in the commercial kitchen environment where products are created and prepared for market. They will help run a table at farmer’s markets, and help develop and deliver other retail opportunities (ex. online sales and shipping). They will also assist in the volunteer-run pop up produce market to share produce with the community.

    You will develop positive working relationships with all of the staff and participants and report any problems or concerns to the Program Coordinator immediately.

    Key Requirements:

    - Provide Program Coordinator with support

    - Assist with planning, scheduling of educational, production and sales activities

    - Cooperate with community partners involved in program

    - Help with planning and implementation of weekly kitchen schedules

    - Help market and deliver produce and products created

    - Able to work in the kitchen and office including hard repetitive physical work

    - Some evening or special event hours may be required

    - Current driver’s license and a clean driving record

    - Good interpersonal skills

    Required Qualifications:

    - Experience working in a team environment with proven leadership skills

    - Demonstrated ability to work independently and with groups

    - Demonstrated good organizational and record keeping skills

    - Knowledge and experience in gardening and growing

    - Teaching and facilitation experience

    - Demonstrated good communication skills

    - Ability to repeatedly lift 50 pounds

    - Self-motivated, cooperative and flexible

    - Post Secondary Education completed in applicable field considered an asset

    Job Types: Part-time, Seasonal

    Part-time hours: 21 per week

    Salary: $20.00 per hour

    Benefits:
    Employee assistance program

    Flexible Language Requirement:
    French not required

    Schedule:
    Day shift
    Monday to Friday
    Weekend availability

Applicants are invited to email a cover letter and resume to hr@startmeupniagara.ca with the subject line "Program Assistant - Community Farm and Social Enterprise".


SMUN is an equal opportunity Employer. In compliance with AODA, this job posting is available in an alternate format upon request. To request disability accommodation, please contact hr@startmeupniagara.ca.

We thank all candidates for their interest.  Due to high volume only those selected to interview will be contacted.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. Applicants should make their needs known in advance. 

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