People, Plants and Homes Community Programmer

People, Plant and Homes Community Programmer

Job ID:  2942


Location:  Vancouver, BC


To be considered for this role, applications MUST be submitted online, by clicking on 'Apply' below.

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BC Housing thanks all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This position is only open to those legally entitled to work in Canada.


BC Housing is a provincial Crown Corporation that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need across the province to address critical gaps across the housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through to rent assistance in the private market and affordable home ownership.  Share in the rewards of working with an organization that offers challenging work and competitive compensation and supports the growth and development of its people.

 Our mission is making a difference in people's lives and communities through safe, affordable and quality housing.

BC Housing is committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets.  We encourage and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference.

BC Housing offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. But a job is more than a pay cheque. We also offer our staff the opportunity to work together to make a difference. When employees go home at the end of the day, they experience the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped provide safe, affordable housing for British Columbians.  And while they’re here, employees can take advantage of many opportunities:

  • In-house training, and training at other institutions, for courses related to employees’ current positions or to prepare them for advancement within BC Housing.
  • Wellness programs including physical fitness, programs to help employees quit smoking, free flu shots, mental health resources, and lunch-and-learn lectures and seminars.
  • Recognition programs including long-term service awards, idea recognition and outstanding performance awards.
  • Livegreen incentives include an employee transit pass program, and other initiatives that encourage alternative, sustainable transportation (even a bike purchase program!).
  • An active Social Club that organizes special events like seasonal parties and arranges group discounts to other events.
  • Participation in community and charitable events.

** Please note: Eligibility for benefits offered is based on employment status **



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 PPH Coordinator 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:


  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a social service field
  • Courses in horticulture, therapeutic horticulture and/or community development preferred
  • Food Safe Level 1
  • Certificate in conflict resolution preferred
  • Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license
  • Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate preferred


  • Two years’ experience working directly with vulnerable populations or multi-barriered clients
  • Experience working in an organization or program that focused on community engagement and development
  • At least one year experience in a horticulture or garden related field
  • Experience in farming, small scale food production and food distribution a strong asset
  • Experience in light woodworking or garden bed construction an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered


  • 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.
  • Have 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.

Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as one document in your profile when applying for this position. Please add your cover letter to your resume and submit both documents as your resume.


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Only applications submitted using the Online Recruitment System at will be accepted

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