**STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY** – Plant Health Care Model project caretaker

Job Description: Plant Health Care Model Project Caretaker

 **This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

The Plant Health Care Model (PHCM) project is managed by Professor Tanya Dahms in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Its purpose is to research the viability of implementing a wide scale pesticide-free weed management program. A PHCM pilot project has been running for approximately the last 5 years, testing best practices on some of the green spaces in or adjacent to the Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green.

For approximately the last 3 years, RPIRG has partnered with the PHCM project to hire and manage a part-time summer student to oversee maintenance of the project.

For more information on the PHCM project, please contact us or visit: https://www.uregina.ca/president/campus-sustainability/PHCM.html

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate workplan with project manager
  • Coordinate use of supplies and materials (and volunteers if deemed necessary) with Green Patch coordinator
  • Work with other service providers if necessary
  • Regular hand weeding of managed spaces
  • Manage application(s) of kelp fertilizer and compost tea to managed spaces
  • Notify youth camps and daycares about application days
  • Complete final report

Requirements:

There is no direct weed management experience necessary for this position – but an ability to follow safe outdoor work practices is required

  • Must be a current student at the University of Regina, or returning to classes in the fall
  • Availability that fits into the weekly maintenance schedule of the project
  • Must complete final report at end of term

**This position is only being offered to students at the University of Regina**

Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to follow safe outdoor work practices
  • Able to work outdoors in the summer in direct sun, possess own proper clothing
  • Able to bear weight of full liquid compost tea applicators (in backpack form)
  • WHMIS basic training is required for this position, but can be provided upon hiring
  • Ability to work mostly unsupervised
  • Summary report writing

Contract Period: May 28 – September 30, 2018

Hours of Work: approximately 9 hours/week. Application weeks may require more hours, but can be balanced out with less hours other weeks. Wages are paid in the form of the monthly stipend and the successful candidate will be responsible for declaring relevant tax and other deductions.

Remuneration: monthly stipend, based on an hourly rate of $17.50, at 9 hours/week.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 23rd at 4pm.

To apply, please email the following information to info@rpirg.org:

  • Resume
  • In email, please note your student number and describe any relevant work experience (we do not need a full cover letter)
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