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Community Services Worker, Food Security - Canada Summer Jobs

Job Type: 
Full Time
Pay Rate: 
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday 6 October 2021

Canada Summer Jobs - 2021

Community Services Worker – Food Security (Full-time)

Position Type: Contract 16 weeks, 35 hours a week

Pay rate: $14.25/hr

Positions to be filled: 1

Reports to: Food Security and Engagement Coordinator

Application Deadline: October 6 , 2021






ACSA is a nonprofit, multi-service agency addressing needs and empowering children, youth, newcomers, homeless, and otherwise underserved communities to build a better tomorrow. 

Our core programs include housing and outreach programs, food security programs, newcomer services, youth outreach and therapy programs, child and family programs, early years’ programs, and community engagement.


Summary of Job Functions


ACSA’s Food Security department offers year-round programming to help increase access to good, healthy food for all. With community gardens, cooking programs, and nutritional education, ACSA takes a holistic approach to challenging food insecurity. The Community Service Worker will assist with programs and services that build community capacity surrounding nutrition, food production and environment to address the inequities in food access. The Community Service Worker will apply a community development/engagement framework to implement and evaluate initiatives that address food insecurity within Scarborough.


Duties include:

  • Plan, supervise, and implement cooking/nutrition and food gardening activities targeted towards the Chester Le, Glendower, and Bay Mills communities
  • Engage seniors, adults, and youth in Food Security program activities by building relationships and communicating professionally and efficiently
  • Assist in the implementation of the youth and child/family gardening programs
  • Provide relevant food access resources and materials including information about other community food-based initiatives and COVID-19 supports applicable towards resident interests
  • Update and add to ACSA’s Food Asset Map with relevant and updated food access resources
  • Conduct and support gardening/indoor growing workshops
  • Encourage leadership and involvement of residents, including community gardeners, through capacity building
  • Perform community outreach and engagement as needed
  • Lead and assist online workshops and educational sessions
  • Complete administrative duties as directed, including creating content for social media accounts and website
  • Record and develop media to be used for online workshops and social media
  • Maintain regular communication with other CLCC teams, including Youth Workers and Youth Violence Prevention team, assisting in engagement pieces when necessary
  • Participate in relevant working groups, committees and task forces addressing community food interests
  • Perform other duties as directed


  • Must be between 15-30 years old
  • Must 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
  • Knowledge of Scarborough community food resources, issues of relevance to newcomers, and low-income families and familiarity with diverse cultures an asset
  • Passionate about sustainability, food issues, and reducing food insecurity
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively alone and in a team environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Gardening experience (professional, volunteer, or hobby-related) is an asset
  • Cooking skills (professional, volunteer, or hobby-related) are an asset
  • Experience working with senior, adult, or youth populations would be an asset
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Chester Le, Glendower, and Bay Mills communities an asset
  • A valid driver’s licence and access to vehicle is an asset
  • Access to a computer and internet when working remotely is an asset
  • Second language an asset (preferably Arabic, Mandarin)
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Current police reference check is mandatory

Please apply via email (cover letter & resume in one attachment) to:


Attention: Tyrzah Martins



Please quote Community Services Worker – Food Security in the subject line of email.


ACSA is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We thank all applicants for their interest in the position. However, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. 

If you are contacted by ACSA regarding a job opportunity and need accommodation throughout a hiring process, please contact Yelena Galochkina, HR Generalist at This address is for accommodation inquiries ONLY. Job applications sent to it will not be considered.


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