People, Plants & Homes Program Assistant

Position Summary


Job ID:  3060


Location:  COQUITLAM, BC

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

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  • Be part of an exceptional company culture with great employee benefits and a healthy work/life balance!

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 Program Assistant reports to the People Plants & Homes (PPH) Coordinator and works as part of the PPH and Housing and Health Services team to support gardening and food security programs. The position is responsible for a variety of task including administrative support, warehouse organization, plant care and hands on program support. The desired candidate is detail oriented, good at working independently and as part of a dynamic team and building strong relationships with participants.


The successful candidate will have the following:


  • High School Diploma
  • Post-secondary education in business administration an asset
  • Class 5 Drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle is mandatory


  • Minimum one year related experience in administrative assistance
  • Experience in working with communities of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds an asset
  • Gardening or farming experience an asset, but not essential
  • Or an equivalent combination education, training and experience acceptable to the employer


  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment and prioritize job responsibilities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and ability to be highly organized.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Personable and able to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Good knowledge of Windows, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet tools
  • Able to undertake physical work for significant periods of time.
  • Class 5 Drivers license and use of own vehicle is mandatory.
  • Organic gardening skills an asset.
  • Understanding of community development principles an asset.


  • 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.

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.

Please review the Job Description prior to applying

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As part of the application process, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire which must be completed in order for your application to be considered. Please allot up to 5 minutes to fill it out after submitting your resume and cover letter as one single document.

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

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