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Position: 2411 - Greenhouse Horticulture Assistant
Organization: Services & Housing In the Province (SHIP)
Position Address: 'Peace Ranch' - 19179 Centreville Creek Road, Caledon, ON, Canada
Location: Caledon
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
Ideal for: Individual, Co-Op Placements, Newcomers, Older Adults
'Peace Ranch' stands to benefit from the assistance of a small team of dedicated volunteers who have knowledge in greenhouse operation and plant care. Volunteers would need to have previous experience working at a garden centre or greenhouse operation. Students are welcome (earn your '40 hours')! You may have opportunities to work with our residents.

Interested, aspiring volunteers should 'click on' 'Apply Now!' (above/below), to gain access to our application form. (Complete it, then follow the instructions on the form to send it to Susan Morling at SHIP). Thank you.

'Peace Ranch' is a community mental health agency offering supportive housing and social recreational rehabilitation programs to individuals with serious mental illness as well as those who are dealing with co-occurring addiction challenges.

Located on a beautiful 25 acre (10 hectare) farm in Caledon, 'Peace Ranch' provides a unique rural setting for whole health and healing. Our residence offers full time supportive housing for up to 10 individuals.

The volunteer will assist with the maintenance of plants in the solariums during the winter months and operation of the glass 30x60 greenhouse in the spring/summer/autumn. There is also outside garden work. The greenhouse and horticultural activities are part of our wellness program.

We have a modern 30x60 glass, automated greenhouse, including hydroponic systems, flower gardens, and a teaching garden for vegetable production. The food we grow goes back to our food security programs and regular meals at 'Peace Ranch'. Our volunteers are welcome to share our bountiful crops. Your expertise will allow for our plants to grow healthy and happy!

Position Qualifications
● Prior knowledge or experience in greenhouse operation, horticulture techniques, horticulture therapy, and/or farming practices
● An easy going attitude
● An understanding or willingness to learn about mental health recovery
● Self-motivated
● Ability to take direction and follow through on duties assigned
● Shorter duration will be accepted, but ideally looking for someone for a longer commitment

Given the vulnerability of 'Peace Ranch' residents and program attendees, a satisfactory 'Police Check' is required.

Min Age: 17    Police Check: Yes

Time Commitment
Duration:Medium Term (4 - 6 months)
Start Date:2019-11-04
End Date:2020-05-29
Monday Morning, Monday Afternoon, Tuesday Afternoon, Wednesday Morning, Wednesday Afternoon, Thursday Afternoon, Friday Morning, Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Afternoon
A weekend person would be responsible for coming in for a hour or two and watering plants. No staff direction.

During the week there will be staff to direct volunteers on tasks for the day. Once you are trained and comfortable with duties, we are flexible about your schedule.

Wellness Coordinator will conduct intake interviews, orientation, and supervision. Experienced volunteer will guide newer volunteers when Wellness Coordinator is not available.

Area(s) of Interest: Environment, Education & Learning, Sports & Recreation, Counselling & Mental Health, Healthcare
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