Job Posting 60365

People, Plants And Homes Community Programmer
BC Housing
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Coquitlam
closes in 16 days (Sat, 14 Mar)
full time  • 


Job ID:  3300


Location:  COQUITLAM, BC







The People, Plants and Homes (PPH) Program supports individuals with complex needs to integrate into their community, improve their wellbeing and achieve independence and self-sufficiency through food literacy and gardening initiatives.

The Community Programmer reports to the Supervisor, PPH Program and works as part of the PPH and Housing and Health Services team to deliver programs that promote the physical and social well-being of tenants by utilizing the practices and theories of community development, therapeutic horticulture, food literacy and sustainability. The position builds collaborative relationships with BC Housing staff, tenants and community organizations to create and deliver site-specific programs that foster healthy, active, inclusive and supportive communities.




The successful candidate will have the following:



  • Diploma in a social service field or other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum two years of experience working in an organization or program focused on community engagement and development and working directly with vulnerable populations or multi-barriered clients. Minimum one year of experience working in a horticulture or garden related field.
  • Food Safe Level 1
  • Experience in farming, small scale food production, food distribution, garden bed construction, and/or light woodworking is an asset.
  • Completion of courses in horticulture, therapeutic horticulture, community development and/or conflict resolution is an asset.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the employer.


  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver garden and food related programming.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with community partners and clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative team environment and across organizational departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to support individuals with multiple barriers and to assist them to develop and co-ordinate community activities and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse cultures and to provide programs and services that are culturally accessible.
  • Knowledge of current social issues that may affect BC Housing clients such as homelessness, mental health and addiction.
  • Basic knowledge of community development approaches and therapeutic horticulture.
  • Basic knowledge of different government and community organizations and the services they provide.
  • Attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficient in computer applications including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Must be willing to travel and to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license
  • Access to dependable vehicle that can transport small amounts of plants or supplies to program locations.


How to Apply:

Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications and competencies.  To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position.  This information will be used as part of the selection process.

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