**JOB POSTING: GARDEN ASSISTANT**

Job Description
RPIRG garden assistant – 6 week contract

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) is a student-run and funded non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, and action in the public interest. RPIRG exists to provide its members with the resources to be active citizens on the University of Regina campus and in the wider community. RPIRG has been in operation since 2007. For more information about us, please visit our website www.rpirg.org

We are seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to assist with maintenance in our new campus orchard and also research to compile a comprehensive guidebook for future management. Current or returning students or recent graduates of the University of Regina students will be prioritized for this position. This includes students enrolled through Campion College, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS POSITION IS FUNDED THROUGH CANADA SUMMER JOBS WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW THE HIRING OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. The program requires applicants to meet the following conditions:
– be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*
– be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**; and,
– have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

For more information about eligibility, please visit the Canada Summer Jobs eligibility page.

Although we cannot hire international students for this specific program, please note that all other positions we hire are open to international students.

Responsibilities
– Assist RPIRG Green Patch Coordinator with planting, watering, weeding, pest management and other maintenance of orchard space (supervised by Green Patch Coordinator)
– Research and document best practices for orchard perennials and compile into a orchard guiding document (supervised by Executive Director)

Requirements
Knowledge/awareness:
– Garden maintenance and knowledge of local weeds an asset
– Knowledge of prairie growing conditions an asset
– Interest in social justice issues and community engagement an asset

Skills/Abilities:
– Interviews, data collection, and reporting
– Microsoft office and google applications – word, docs, excel, sheets, etc.
– Self-motivated, ability to work with minimal supervision while taking direction from staff
– Strong communication skills and asset
– Able to do light to medium physical labour – this includes some light lifting, using garden tools both standing or kneeling/sitting, and pulling or cutting weeds

Other:
– For orchard work, successful applicant must be able to travel to campus
– For research work, successful applicant would ideally work from home to save travel and amount of time spent on campus. RPIRG can provide a wifi-capable laptop for research/writing purposes if needed. If the successful applicant does not have internet at home RPIRG can help with an alternate arrangement
– Ability to follow current COVID-19 workplace safety requirements, as per training provided.

Contract Period: 6 weeks starting approximately June 29, 2020 (some flexibility on start time possible)
Hours of Work: 30 hours per week. Hours are flexible, and some work can be completed off campus.
Location of work: Regina, Saskatchewan
Remuneration: $21.16/hr including vacation pay.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 3 at 12pm.

We actively encourage applicants to identify if they are part of groups, communities, or have identities that experience barriers to equity

To apply, please prepare the following and label it with your name:
– Resume and Cover Letter, in one document. Cover letters should explain how your skills and experience will benefit you specifically in this role.
– Contact information of two references

Please send it to:
Krystal Lewis, Executive Director
(pronouns: she/her)
Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)
info@rpirg.org

This position has been funded in part with generous support from the Canada Summer Jobs funding program.

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