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Fruits Défendus

Les fruits défendus is recruiting new members for the coordinating committee of the collective! + 1 job opportunity for software developers

Are you motivated to get involved in a collective effort to reduce the waste of local food resources, as well as to contribute to the creation of a more sustainable food system through the collection, valorization, and sharing of fruit in the city?

Thanks to citizen action in many Montreal neighbourhoods, our collective has grown significantly in the last few years. There are more and more volunteer pickers, residents who share their trees, organizations with whom we create partnerships and program events, and more.

All of this requires a strong organizational capacity to manage the tasks related to the smooth running of the collective, as well as to make decisions to improve and direct our activities and structure.

So, if our mission moves you and you would like to participate in the organization and direction of our activities, this is your chance!

The Coordinating Committee Is Responsible For The Following Activities

  • Participation in decision making and implementation;
  • Management of collective decisions;
  • Organisation of events and workshops;
  • Support and training for pick leaders;
  • Design and maintenance of the online database;
  • Web design;
  • Strategic season planning;
  • Fundraising ;
  • Transfer of knowledge and support to similar groups.


  • Share the values of the collective;
  • Participate in weekly meetings tuesday evenings (at least for the first weeks);
  • Be accessible by email to other core members;
  • Contribute an average of 3 to 5 hours per week for the proper functioning of the collective.

To signal your interest in joining the coordinating committee of the collective, please fill out this form

Software Developer

About The Position For A Software Developer

Since 2016 the collective has used a Python-Django application, called Saskatoon to organise all of our activities. We are currently looking to hire a developer to take on the second phase of development this spring. You will be accompanied by the original developers when you start the contract to ensure that the takeover is successful. 

Saskatoon is a multi-use tool that allows : tree owners to register their tree and offer information about it, volunteers to organise harvests on a public calendar, archives of all annual harvest and volunteer statistics, a registry of all volunteer members of the collective, and more. 

Review the complete guides for Saskatoon here.


  • Continue development of Saskatoon for the season 2021. 
  • This includes improving the user-interface, adding features to be decided in collaboration with the coordinating committee of the collective, fixing bugs and writing units and integration tests.  

Responsibilities Of The Developer

  • Continue the development and the testing of the existing system
  • Perform security updates, bug fixes, new requested features 
  • Review and merge eventual pull requests from other volunteer contributors
  • Provide technical support for the collective regarding Saskatoon. 
  • Being able to manage the Debian GNU/Linux server where the system is deployed is a plus.

Skills / Assets

Motivated to participate in our collective mission seeking to contribute to building more sustainable local food systems through community action

Required Competences

  • Django Framework
  • REST
  • Json
  • MySQL
  • Redis
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Jquery
  • Bootstrap
  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • Nginx
  • uWSGI

Work Environment

Remote work 

Contract details

Schedule: 15-20 h/week
Compensation: $30/heure
Duration of the assignment: spring/summer 2021 (flexible, to discuss)
Application deadline: May 15, 2021
Send your interest by email to:

About Us

Les Fruits Défendus is Montreal’s volunteer-led urban fruit harvesting collective hosted by Santropol Roulant. The initiative connects local fruit tree owners with volunteer harvesters and helps ensure that this valuable local food resource does not go to waste. After the fruit is harvested, it is divided in three between the tree owner, volunteers, and a beneficiary organization. The collective leads fruit harvests in neighbourhoods in the central part of the city, including the Plateau and Mile End, Rosemont – La Petite Patrie, Parc-Extension, and Villeray.

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