Using Gardening to Enrich Lives

Horticultural Technical Assistant

At the Ignatius Jesuit Centre
$14.00/hr for 30 hrs/week
8 weeks beginning ASAP

Historic courtyard garden maintenance as well as organic vegetable field development. Design and maintenance of a 1,500 sq. ft field and 500 sq. ft perennial tea garden with tasks including: watering, planting, grooming, transplanting, composting, soil amending, turf grass management, plant propagation, seed saving, harvesting and drying of produce, and plant identification.

Coordination and support of volunteers completing garden tasks, as well as other community volunteers such as new immigrants, refugees, individuals including seniors with physical or mental disabilities, marginalized and homeless youth or those from low income families learning horticultural skills. Assisting with Horticultural Therapy programs for participants learning horticultural and urban agricultural skills as part of a program which encourages healthy dietary habits and physical outdoor exercise to encourage the adaptation of healthy lifelong practices.

You are expected to be enrolled in an environmental science or related degree program such as organic agriculture, plant biology, ecology or horticulture to apply knowledge of environmental sciences, pest management, soil science and plant identification to the position. It is also recommended to have some background in organic gardening and community engagement.

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Our Mission:


We are a community-based, charitable organization that provides social and therapeutic gardening opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and abilities enabling personal growth, community membership, and environmental well-being.


Our Vision

Lives and communities enriched through therapeutic gardening.


Our Workshops

We offer unique horticultural and therapeutic workshops to individuals or groups as pay for service programming. These workshops are designed and delivered by a horticultural therapy technician and can be modified to suit the needs of the participants. Unlike our community collaborated and funded programming, these workshops are paid for by the participants.


Our Impact

The Julien Project has demonstrated that social and therapeutic gardening is an effective strategy to promote health, enhance personal skills, and facilitate community integration all while maintaining a sustainable approach. Our program participants have become actively engaged in learning horticulture and urban agriculture practices, which they have applied to their homes, schools and the greater community. We are proud to have engaged a diverse array of individuals who might not otherwise seek or have access to participate in supported gardening initiatives. 



Thousand Dollars Raised

Each year The Julien Project receives thousands of dollars in donations and grants from generous community sponsors.




The Julien Project has been an important part of the Guelph community since it's inception in 2006.




Each year The Julien Project connects with hundreds of visitors who enjoy our programming and garden space.


Our Community Programs

We provide tailored horticultural therapy programming for individuals as part of a healthy community-building initiative to address issues of education, leadership, employment, poverty and isolation. Through horticultural skill development, participants develop their cognitive abilities, creativity and social skills, while also developing increased self-sufficiency and confidence. Unlike our individual workshops, a program is a set of organized activities supported by donor resources to achieve a specific and intended result.


Mission Butterfly Program

We are currently collaborating with Mission Butterfly to support those suffering from PTSD with a four-part online video tutorial featuring horticultural therapy workshops filmed in the Bovey Greenhouse at the University of Guelph.

Youth School Program

Through garden workshops, students develop transferable and entrepreneurial skills necessary for employment preparation and healthy community membership within the horticultural therapy context.


Edu Kitchen Program

In collaboration with Lakeside HOPE House, our horticultural therapy technician leads educational kitchen workshops for the HOPE House community. Workshops will use local organic vegetables grown in our gardens at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre.

Supported Participant Program

Our supported participant program welcomes community members to assist with courtyard or field tasks such as spring clean up, planting, harvesting, and program preparation. This is subsidized by community support.


July 2015

I would highly recommend The Julien Project programming for others to increase their horticultural knowledge as well as for therapeutic use.

Holy Trinity Elementary School Teacher


Get Involved

The Julien Project has grown from the vision of its founder to a thriving therapeutic gardening organization working with diverse populations involving over 1,400 project visitors every year. This has only been possible through the commitment and support of our volunteers, donors and community partners.