We have two Summer positions available at the HCP. Job descriptions and how to apply below:

Position 1: Gardens Assistant

The Gardens at HCP (https://hcp.ca/) is a public garden and place of learning in Saanich. The HCP is a not-for-profit society focused on the provision of horticulture education and the development and maintenance of 104 acres of educational gardens and conservation lands.  We are currently looking for someone to help fill the summer employment position of Gardens Assistant from June 30 – August 25th, Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The successful candidate will work with the Head Gardener as well as other staff and volunteers in the garden.

The Gardens Assistant duties will include:

  • Gardening assistance in any of our beautiful 9 acres of gardens. The Gardens Assistant will work with staff and volunteers to help develop these gardens over the 8 week work term.
  • Assisting with mowing lawns, weeding, irrigation systems & watering.
  • Maintaining the plant sale area ensuring that it is well stocked, water, priced and informational signs are displayed.
  • Act as Volunteer Liaison during volunteer Wednesday, relaying information from gardens staff to volunteer groups, assist volunteers where required.

Requirements

This position is a Canada Summer Job funded through Service Canada. Applicants must:

  • 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.

The successful candidate must be available to work weekends and be able to lift and carry 20 lbs as well as work in a physical environment outside all day. Biology, plant, or gardening knowledge is an asset. 

35 hours per week / $15 per hour.  Please submit a cover letter and resume with references to Linda Petite at [email protected] by May 31st.

Position 2: Events Assistant

The Gardens at HCP (https://hcp.ca/) is a public garden and place of learning in Saanich. The HCP is a not-for-profit society focused on the provision of horticulture education and the development and maintenance of 104 acres of educational gardens and conservation lands. We are currently looking for someone fill the summer employment position of Events Assistant from June 30 – August 25th, Tuesday – Saturdays from 9 AM – 5:00 PM.  The Events Assistant will help in the office at the reception desk; assist with private facility rentals and with our large public fundraising event “Arts & Music in the Gardens”.

The Gardens at HCP is hiring an Event Assistant for Summer 2019!

This position is full-time (35+ hours/week) and temporary, from June 30th through August 25th. The position is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs for youth aged 15-30 and is no longer limited to returning students. The successful candidate will display the following qualities:

  • Proven interest and experience in the hospitality and/or wedding and events industry
  • Friendly manner with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively through verbal, written and online communications
  • Ability to stand, kneel, bend, twist and lift heavy objects

Reporting to the Event Manager, the successful candidate will learn through a mix of one-on-one training, hands-on experience and self-directed learning. Over time, the candidate will be responsible for the following tasks: 

  • Perform site visits with potential event clients
  • Set up tables, chairs, tablecloths and A/V equipment according to event layouts and timelines
  • Be onsite during events to address client needs and day-of requests
  • Assist with various administrative tasks including but not limited to contract preparation, processing payments, updating and maintaining current event files and preparing marketing materials
  • Oversee the front desk and gift shop area, including answering the phone, processing transactions, and registering new members and workshop registrations using specialized computer software
  • Assist with Community Education workshops by providing instructor liaison during workshops, workshop assistance with room and audio-visual requirements and promotions
  • Updating promotional materials such as posters and brochures and adding events to the website calendar

The successful candidate will also be an active member of the 25th Annual Arts & Music in the Gardens planning committee. They will assist with vendor registration and communication leading up to the event and must be available to assist with onsite event coordination August 9-11, 2019. 

Hours will vary according to the event bookings and may include daytime, weekends and evenings until 11:30pm.

The successful candidate must be available for weekend work (mostly Tuesdays to Saturdays) and be able to lift and carry 20 lbs.

35 hours per week / $15 per hour

Requirements:

This position is a Canada Summer Job funded through Service Canada. Applicants must:

  • 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.

Please submit a cover letter and resume with references to Megan Stacey at [email protected] by May 31st.