Cultural Infrastructure Support and Maintenance

Job Opportunity by Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Job type: Full Time


Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is an Aboriginal, community controlled multi-service agency. Our mission is to provide support, ensure safety and enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal families, children, and youth within the greater Toronto area. Our agency works within a holistic framework, which builds on individual and family strengths, and engages clients as partners in identifying issues and their solutions. Classification: Contract Full-Time Hours: 35 hrs/wk. Rate: $46,631 - $72,251 NCFST is committed to staffing a workforce representative of the Aboriginal population we serve. We encourage First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants to apply and to please self-identify in their cover letter.   Purpose Reporting to the Supervisor, Cultural Facilities Management, the Cultural Infrastructure Support and Maintenance Worker provides hands-on services at all NCFST properties, support services and labour services for all cultural programs and events, including summer camps, the Agency’s Pow Wow and other internal and external events.   Major Responsibilities Culture Activities

  • Cultural and physical logistics and hands on support for all Summer Camp activities at Grundy and Glen Rouge, including teepees, sweat lodge, yurta, and related structures, dining lodge, recreational equipment etc.
  • All work relating to the development and operation of Aboriginal medicine gardens and related Cultural facilities;
  • Other duties related to cultural activities and advancement;
  • Comply with provincial and occupational health and safety legislation, regulations, policies and procedures.
  Building and Property Logistics Logistics to ensure effective operation, repair and upkeep of all properties operated by NCFST within and outside of the Greater Toronto Area, including with particularity:
  • Regular site visits and inspection reports that identify areas of concern (i.e. life-safety systems, fire detection, windows, walls, waste, grounds state of repair etc.)
  • Installation and repair of building lighting;
  • Investigation and resolve of electrical power issues;
  • Service of appliances, plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical, vents, doors, tile, furniture and related or associated logistics;
  • Quality control assurance work ensuring hazard-free operations;
  • Operation of industrial cleaners/equipment/ to effect the removal and control of dirt, debris and other refuse from buildings and surrounding property;
  • Compliance with the Building Code, the Fire Code and the Occupational Health & Safety Act including inspection of fire and safety equipment on a regular basis;
  • Compliance with and completion of all work orders on a timely basis;
  • Roof repair respecting one story shingled roofs;
  • Grounds-keeping on a scheduled or periodic basis including but not limited to litter picking, snow removal, leaf removal, grass cutting, hedge trimming, fence repairs, concrete repair, paving stone repair, and curb appeal improvements/repairs;
  • Comply with provincial and occupational health and safety legislation, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Input into procurement of equipment necessary for fulfilment of duties;
  • Subordinate management and coordination of outside contractors;
  • Other duties as relate to building and property management.
Qualifications:   Education and Experience
  • Post-secondary education in property maintenance and several years of experience in a maintenance position. Alternatively an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered (i.e. high school diploma and several years’ experience). Experience within a social service organization is preferred;
  • H.M.I.S./M.S.D.S. Training; Workplace Certification Training an asset;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the workplace Health and Safety practices and understanding of an employee’s responsibility under current legislation;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the workplace health and safety practices and understanding of an employee’s responsibility under current legislation;
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check.
  Cultural Knowledge
  • Lived experience in Aboriginal cultural beliefs, values, norms, ceremony, and teachings relevant to the clients, staff and Aboriginal community served by NCFST;
  • Ability to speak an Aboriginal language will be considered a major asset;
  • Excellent communication skills in order to effectively liaise and work with individuals from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of general construction concepts and material application, maintenance, repairs, general electrical knowledge and fire and safety equipment;
  • Working knowledge of heating/cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems;
  • General knowledge of Fire Code, Electrical & Building Codes;
  • Demonstrated understanding, and commitment to, integrating the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Mission and values in to practice, service and relationships;
  • Demonstrated understanding of workplace Health and Safety practices and understanding of an employee’s responsibility under current legislation;
  Skills and Ability
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in providing property logistical services;
  • Ability to diagnose problems and effective communication to tradespeople;
  • Self-motivated and multi-tasking;
  • Enthusiastic, pro-active, service driven and team player;
  • Ability to stand, crawl, walk, and stoop; push and pull, lift or lower objects up to 50 lbs. and up to 80 lbs. with assistance;
  • Ability to work outdoors, in wet or humid weather, and in fluctuating and/or extreme temperatures;
  • Ability to work under adverse situations and conditions, e.g., dirty, noisy, etc;
  • Ability to work in an environment where there is high exposure to dust, pollens, and other allergens;
  • Ability to climb and work from a 14 foot stepladder;
  • Must be able to exhibit professionalism and courtesy to internal and external customers at all times;
  • Attendance at events and programs as necessary, including commitment to overnight travel and outdoor accommodation, extended hours and emergency on-call availability;
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, to maintain effective communication and working relationships, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills, tact, sensitivity and build strong internal relationships.
We are committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, NCFST will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process. We thank you for your interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.