Job Posting 73157

People Plants and Homes Community Programmer
BC Housing
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Coquitlam, BC
closes in 16 days (Thu, 12 Aug)
full time  •  To be discussed


The People, Plants and Homes (PPH) Community Programmer reports to the Supervisor, PPH Program and works as part of the PPH and wider 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. He/she/they plans, delivers, and implements initiatives that support 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 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.
  • Sound experience working in an organization or program focused on community engagement and development and working directly with vulnerable populations or multi-barriered clients. Sound experience working in a horticulture or garden related field.
  • Completion of Food Safe Level 1 course.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the employer.
  • Criminal record check required.



  • Sound knowledge of community development approaches, therapeutic horticulture and community garden management.
  • Sound knowledge of garden construction and design.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of BC Housing and social housing programs, and their role in the social service system.
  • Some knowledge of current social issues such as poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addictions et cetera;
  • Ability to plan and deliver garden and food related programming.
  • Ability to support individuals with multiple barriers and to assist them to develop and co-ordinate community activities and programs.
  • Ability to build relationships with internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse cultures and to provide programs and services that are culturally accessible.
  • Ability to lift up to 20kg and be physically mobile throughout shift length to carry supplies for programs and garden builds.
  • 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 BC driver’s license (Class 5 preferred but Class 7 (Novice) acceptable)
  • Access to dependable vehicle that can transport plant materials, soil or program supplies to program locations.


  • Please Note: Successful applicant(s) are subject to a satisfactory criminal record search and are required to maintain Security Clearance throughout their employment.
  • Due to the nature of this role, a valid class 5 driver's license and satisfactory driving record is required.
  • Due to the nature of this role, access to a reliable vehicle will be required


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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