Not Far From The Tree is a non-profit organization that picks fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste. They’re looking for a Hub Coordinator in Toronto.
NFFTT helps fruit tree owners make use of the abundance of fruit that their trees offer by dispatching teams of volunteers to harvest it for them. One third goes to the fruit tree owners, another third goes to the volunteers for their labour, and the final third is distributed (by bicycle or cart) to community organizations in the neighbourhood who can make good use of the fresh fruit.
Not Far From The Tree Hub Coordinator – Ward 21, Toronto
Application deadline: June 5th, 2009 @ 5:00 pm EST
Start date: mid to late June, 2009 Location: Ward 21, Toronto
Pay and hours: $20/hour, 20 hours a week for 23 weeks (June-November)
Not Far From The Tree, a project of The Catalyst Centre, is Toronto’s very own fruit tree project. We ensure that the fruit growing in Toronto is picked, shared, eaten, and enjoyed. The core of our programming is our residential fruit-picking program, where we pick fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste. When fruit tree owners cannot harvest their trees, we send team of volunteers to do it for them. 1/3 of the fruit goes to the fruit tree owners, 1/3 to the volunteers, and 1/3 is distributed (by bicycle or cart) to community organizations in the neighbourhood who can make good use of the fresh fruit.
After a successful first season in 2008, Not Far From The Tree is now preparing to launch its 2009 season. To do so, we are seeking a highly organized and dedicated Hub Coordinator for our original neighbourhood base, Toronto’s Ward 21 (St. Paul’s).
- Schedule residential fruit picks for all registered fruit trees in Ward 21
- Coordinate and provide support for volunteers who will lead picks, attend picks, and help otherwise
- Establish and maintain the physical needs of the hub such as equipment and storage
- Liaise with volunteers, fruit tree owners, partner agencies, media, and other interested partners
- Assist with planning Not Far From The Tree events and arrange representation at outreach events
- Report to the Project Coordinator and team of Hub Coordinators regarding progress and outcomes
- Complete, maintain, and manage all necessary documentation related to the job (including financial records, narrative reports, statistics, contact lists, etc.)
- Excellent organizational skills, including program coordination
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, conflict resolution, and written communication skills
- A skilled team leader with the ability to work independently
- A thorough understanding of food security and environmental issues, as demonstrated through the achievement of an undergraduate level degree in a related discipline or through equivalent work experience
- Knowledge of environmental, food, and community-based networks and social service agencies
- A demonstrated history of coordinating staff or volunteers
- The ability to communicate in languages which reflect the demographic of the hub (e.g., Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Portuguese) is an asset
Interested applicants who meet the above criteria are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé to:
Laura Reinsborough, Project Coordinator
laura [at] notfarfromthetree [dot] org.