Job Opportunities

OFT offers a number of opportunities through summer job placements and internships as they become available.

Current Summer Student Job Opportunities

Farmland Program Assistant (up to 3 positions available)

Job Duties

The Summer Student will work closely with OFT’s Executive Director, staff, and volunteers.  We are currently focusing on increasing our membership base; a large portion of the student’s responsibilities will include attending events and promoting our mission.  Job duties will include:

Community Events

  • – Researching and attending various events to recruit new members including setting up, staffing displays, and interacting with the public
  • – Planning events including our Annual General Meeting and Community Farm Celebrations on recently protected farms
  • – Organizing and working with volunteers

Outreach and Engagement

  • – Researching and writing regular blog posts and newsletters
  • – Managing and updating the website, including developing new content
  • – Taking photographs and writing stories about our protected farms
  • – Creating and implementing social media strategies for Facebook and Twitter
  • – Writing press releases and engaging with the media


  • – Researching and writing grant applications to various foundations
  • – Creatively writing appeals to prospective and current donors
  • – Assisting with seasonal mailings
  • – Investigating opportunities for sponsorship

Office Tasks

  • – Responding to phone calls, emails, and general inquiries about our programs
  • – Improving office organization and recordkeeping
  • – Data entry


  • – Researching and reviewing various municipal policies related to farmland protection
  • – Writing draft policy submissions when appropriate
  • – Researching and compiling information on the various benefits of land protection
  • – Creating property maps that show the location of our protected lands

This position is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program, which requires the candidate to be:

  • – Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • – Registered as a full time student during the preceding academic year and intending to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • – A student in a post-secondary program;
  • – A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee protection;
  • – Legally entitled to work.

Hiring preference will be given to aboriginal students or students of a visible minority, who meet the program requirements listed above and exemplify the skills and attributes OFT is looking for.

Details: $12 hourly wage,30 hours per week for 16 weeks, beginning May 1, 2017. The weekly schedule will vary, as occasional evening and weekend work will be required. Please note: This position is subject to funding approval through Canada Summer Jobs.

Location: OFT office at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

To Apply: Please forward your cover letter, resume, and references (in one document) via e-mail to by Monday March 20, 2017, 5pm EST. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Current Internship Opportunities

There are no internship opportunities at this time.