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Position: Nanny
Organization: Speckled Hen Garden
Location: Port Williams, near Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Type: full-time / work-stay option, see below

We are looking for a responsible, morally exemplary Human to look after our 8-year old child. The Nanny will create a safe, healthy, fun environment for our child as well as for our pets. The successful candidate will transport our child to and from play dates and extramural activities, take them to and collect them from the school bus stop. The successful candidate will treat our pets the same as our child, with loving kindness, and ensure they have access to food as scheduled and fresh water at all times.

To ensure success you need to look after our child, pets, and the home environment as if they were your own. Preferred applicants are active, competent, organized and compassionate. Evenings and weekends required.

Nanny Responsibilities:

  • The number one priority is to ensure an inspiring, safe, healthy and kind environment for our child at all times.
  • Performing household chores such as sweeping, doing dishes.
  • Ensuring clean and tidy home environment all times.
  • Feeding and watering pets effectively.
  • Preparing our child for school, walking with them to the school bus and greeting them after school at the bus stop.
  • Preparing healthy whole food plant based lunch and in-between snacks, encouraging them to assist with household chores, helping them with homework, and supervising them during play.
  • Walking to the local park for exercise and taking a dog along for a walk.
  • Encouraging creative activities; such as art, crafts and board/card games.
  • Reading stories to our child, and creating stories.
  • Ensuring our child is in bed at the set bedtime, after they brush their teeth and you read a story(ies) together.
  • Transporting and collecting our child to and from play dates and extramural activities.
  • Running errands as required (not very often).
  • Performing other duties as required.

Nanny Requirements:

  • High School Diploma, GED, or suitable equivalent.
  • 3+ years childcare experience, preferred.
  • Proficient knowledge of home safety and first aid.
  • Valid First Aid Certificate, or the willingness to obtain one.
  • Valid driver’s license, with clean driving record and proficient driving skills, personal vehicle in safe working condition.
  • Knowledge and skills of plant-based nutrition and meal preparation.
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and multitasking abilities.
  • Affinity for children and pets.
  • Good moral character and pleasant disposition.
  • Physically fit, energetic, agile and dexterous.

There are two flexible scenarios for our Nanny position:

Scenario 1: Live away, commute.

The selected candidate will care for our child, and pets, in our home and is willing to remain overnight, for one night up to three nights per block as required to meet the needs of shift-work. There will be a bedroom with ensuite bathroom for the use of the Nanny during these times. It is assumed that the Nanny has a home elsewhere and reliable transportation. The responsibilities, as highlighted above will be assumed. There will be a remuneration reflective of the hours worked.

Scenario 2: Work-Stay.

We can offer a work-stay option. The Nanny would be accommodated in a furnished bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The remuneration would be negotiated as a weekly stipend, and the Nanny would become part of our family. What does that look like?

We currently live in an urban-rural neighbourhood setting in a modest 1950's bungalow on a half-acre with 6 laying hens and a small garden plot, however…..

We have recently purchased 3-acres of land and shares in an adjoining 120 acre protected woodlot. We will begin thinning our land (to promote growth) and building a driveway during the winter months. With a plan to build a small cabin in the late Spring 2020. Our goal is to develop the land as responsible stewards with environmental sustainability and biodiversity being our guiding factors.

We will plant native Acadian Forest species and lots of edible species to increase food security and independence.

There will be other building projects planned and carry out as finances and time allow.

More hands-on for 2020: We will develop our garden plot for annual vegetables in a neighbouring field. It is an old hay field and will be high-maintenance for the first several seasons. We have developed, coordinated and facilitated organic agriculture internships in the past and still retain some useful knowledge that we love to share. We have abundant resources for organic growing and this is a great opportunity for hands-on development of ones’ skills.

It is our goal to develop a few special products for market; these plans will be further developed during the winter of 2020 and implemented in 2021.

Our work-stay Nanny doesn’t have to be involved with our plans, but the ideal candidate would seize this unique opportunity. It could be an opportunity for someone to develop their sustainable life skills and become part of something more.

There is some flexibility to customize these options and we are willing to have that conversation with those candidates who are short-listed during the interviewing process.

Please apply with a cover letter explaining why this opportunity appeals to you and why you are suited to the position, current CV, include three references (at least one must be professional), and please note that the selected candidate will be required to obtain a criminal record check and vulnerable sector clearance. Forward application package in pdf to:

The ideal start time is January 1st, 2020. Only those who are short-listed will be contacted. The position will remain open until filled.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Nov 25 2019    Numéro : 55247