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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.2
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 17512
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: July 27, 2016

Looking for a person to fulfill a multi-faceted role in the centre of our family and range of income projects. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of an intentional urban community. You will work on our urban farm in downtown Guelph, take care of our backyard hens, and maintain the backyard property (weed, tidy, cut grass, plant vegetable garden). We have an unusually large 200ft backyard property very close to downtown Guelph that we are developing as a model urban farm. We want people to be inspired and learn what’s possible to create in an urban setting.

You will also have an opportunity to assist with setting up and taking down rental urban chickens with Backyard Bok Boks. This is one of our businesses that provides an experience of trying out backyard hens in the summer for 2 weeks to 3 months without the risk of committing to a full year permanent chicken coop set-up. Your role is to keep track of inventory, to organize Bok Bok materials in preparation for a set-up, to assist with the set-up on Wednesdays each week, and to clean up and put away items in storage at the end of the day.

You will also assist our house manager with inside maintenance of our house, and Airbnb turnovers. This involves cleaning up the kitchen, doing dishes, wiping counters, and doing laundry. Assisting with the Airbnb turnovers is helping to clean our studio cottage and other apartment spaces, removing sheets and doing laundry, making beds, and preparing the spaces for the next guests.

The position is requires 30 hours a week in exchange for room & food. Further financial compensation is available if you would like more than 30 hours per week. There is also a half-exchange option to work 18 hours a week for your room, and you cover your own food. You stay in our house around the corner from our primary residence. This is a neighbourhood house that has been converted into a beautiful hostel-style home with beds in a shared room, a private room, and a separate basement apartment listed on Airbnb. The living room, kitchen and washrooms are shared. The house is filled with a friendly and worldly group of international travellers who share inspiring conversations, and also appreciate their reflection time when needed.

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