Ottawa Network For Education Hiring a Classrooms Garden Manager!

Ottawa Network For Education Hiring a Classrooms Garden Manager!


They are looking for an energetic individual to manage and grow ONFE’s Classroom Gardens program. Students in this exciting new initiative grow plants from seed and learn in a hands-on way about plant life-cycles, nutrition, healthy eating, entrepreneurship and leadership.

For more information check out their posting here!

Reporting to the Program Director, the successful candidate will:

  • Train and support school staff and volunteers.
  • Build and maintain relationships/partnerships with community organizations and experts in related fields.
  • Work with education and community partners to develop and implement learning activities for students.
  • Develop educational resources for students, educators and parents.
  • Create processes and resources to support program sustainability and growth.
  • Manage and track equipment and supply purchases for schools.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers.
  • Maintain and build a bilingual on-line sharing portal for teachers.
  • Maintain a database of program contact information and key data [Excel table].
  • Evaluate program outputs and outcomes.
  • Organize workshops and events related to the program.
  • Assist with annual program planning and budget-setting.
  • Support the communications and social media strategy.


Required Skills/Experience:

  • Bilingual (English and French) with excellent communication skills in both languages.
  • 3-5 years of experience developing and managing collaborative programs / projects.
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma.
  • Experience working with children.
  • Experience managing volunteers.
  • Experience in partnership development.
  • Experience facilitating workshops.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Strong computer literacy skills; including Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point as well as Google products (Google + and Drive).
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
  • Experience in educational programming in horticulture, nutrition, agriculture, environmental studies and related fields (highly desirable).
  • Experience with indoor hydroponic and/or soil-based garden systems (desirable).
  • Experience working with school boards in a staff or volunteer role (desirable).
OSFN at the ETFO

OSFN at the ETFO

Hey Teachers!

The Ottawa School Food Network was happy to see you at the Be Curious PD Day on Friday, April 27, 2018.

🍎 The Great Big Crunch 🥕

🍎 The Great Big Crunch 🥕

In a mouthwatering *crunch* heard all over Ottawa, 3500 elementary students bit into locally-grown fruits and vegetables on March 1, 2018.

The Great Big Crunch is an annual, Canada-wide event. In Ottawa, it is animated by the Ottawa School Food Network. The goal of the event is to get kids excited about healthy eating and local agriculture. This year, twelve schools from four different school boards were provided with fresh, organic, local snacks sourced from Savour Ottawa Farms like Barkley’s Apple Orchard and Bryson Farms.

Food preferences are set early in a child’s life. We are working with the community to improve access and availability of vegetables and fruits, and to increase children and parents’ knowledge about healthy eating. – Kimberley Steven (Healthy Kids Community Challenge Ottawa)