Operations Manager - horticulture/agriculture

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ORGANIZATION: Hamilton Victory Gardens

LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario


The mission of Hamilton Victory Gardens (aka Hamilton Sustainable Victory Gardens Inc.) is to increase access to healthy, nutritious and culturally-appropriate fresh produce for individuals/families in need and to promote community engagement and social inclusion as community members work together to improve food security. This mission is being realized through a form of "urban agriculture" by constructing raised garden beds on unused urban land throughout the Greater Hamilton Area. Dedicated volunteers plant and maintain the garden sites and then harvest the fresh produce, which is all donated to local food banks and food programs for distribution to their clientele. In the past six years, 15 garden sites have been constructed throughout the city, and over 175,000 pounds of produce have been harvested and donated.

Hamilton Victory Gardens has an Educational Program which provides hundreds of elementary and secondary school students during the spring and fall, and participants of Day Camps during the summer, with the opportunity to take part in “hands-on” experiences at local Victory Garden sites. The organization also partners with various local agencies to provide social/community inclusion opportunities for members of numerous diverse community groups (e.g. intellectually disabled, refugees/newcomers, international students) and offers "Give Back to your Community" experiences for teams of employees from local corporations and agencies.

For more information please check out our website at hamiltonvictorygardens.org


Hamilton Victory Gardens is looking for a motivated self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team and who is looking for a chance to develop his/her leadership and management experience. He or she must have excellent knowledge of urban agriculture (or gardening) and a demonstrated ability to grow a wide variety of vegetables from seed to harvest and maintain soil health using organic methods. She or he requires strong team leadership and interpersonal skills, excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to multi-task and handle a variety of challenges within a dynamic and changing organization in order to further the organization’s mission, impact, and effectiveness. Additional requirements for the successful candidate include the ability to commit for one or more years and the flexibility to work evenings and Saturdays as needed during the growing season.






  • Coordination - Coordinate, manage and monitor the day-to-day operations at all garden sites in the organization. Develop, implement and monitor effective planting and harvesting plans for each garden site. Monitor inventory of supplies and tools.
  • Supervision – Support garden site coordinators by providing consistent guidance, expertise and administrative support. Manage and give direction to summer student interns. Oversee and assist garden volunteers as required.
  • Human Resources – Work with the Board to plan the use of human resources. Assist in: recruitment and placement of required Interns and volunteers; establishment of organizational structure; and delegation of tasks and accountabilities. Establish work schedules.
  • Best Practices - Improve processes and policies in support of organizational goals. Formulate and implement policies and procedures to maximize output. Monitor adherence to rules, regulations and procedures, including Health and Safety policies. 
  • Communication – Facilitate coordination and communication between support functions. Maintain regular communication with supervisory personnel and chairs of HVG committees. Maintain comprehensive records and reports related to operation of garden sites. Represent Hamilton Victory Gardens, as required, at community events and media opportunities. 
  • Strategic Input - Liaise with Board of Directors. Provide input in the development of strategic plans for operational activity. Implement and manage operational plans. 
  • Board of Directors – Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings as required. Perform any additional duties as required by the Board.





Candidate must have:

  • A minimum of two years experience as a Project Coordinator/Manager or other role leading an agriculturally-based program without direct supervision on a day-to-day basis


  • Good interpersonal skills to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, and the ability to empower, develop, motivate, and engage others in action
  • Creative problem solving skills and strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and experience with social media, Excel and additional computer programs.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle


Additional desirable assets include: experience with community building projects in the Hamilton area; experience in a non-profit environment.


Details: This is a full-time position starting on February 1st, 2017.

Due Date for Applications: January 20, 2017

Contact: Please send resumes (with a brief cover letter) and/or questions to: Bill Wilcox at hamiltonvictorygardens@gmail.com

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Hamilton Victory Gardens

Job Type

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Hamilton, Ontario

Start Date

Feb 01, 2017

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