FARM JOB: Vancouver, BC – Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Foodlands Programmer

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 12, 2022

Collingwood Neighbourhood House, in Vancouver, BC is seeking a Foodlands Programmer!

Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is a not-for-profit Society serving the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood of East Vancouver. CNH’s mandate is to promote the well-being of the Renfrew-Collingwood community by providing leadership and working collaboratively with individuals, families, agencies and other groups to develop and support inclusive, innovative, sustainable initiatives and services that respond to the community’s social, educational, economic, health, cultural and recreational needs.


The Foodlands Programmer position is a community development position focusing on urban growing and Indigenous food sovereignty. Under the direction of the Food Justice Coordinator, the Foodlands Programmer’s key responsibilities include supporting urban growing initiatives that empower volunteers and Collingwood residents to build their capacity in the garden and share their unique skills. The Foodlands Programmer is responsible for the planning, execution, and record keeping of community-based workshops on urban growing.

The Foodlands Programmer is tasked with working collaboratively with the Indigenous Foodlands Manager to build relevant weekly volunteer sessions, support the health of the ecosystem at the Indigenous Food Forest. The Foodlands Programmer will take a leadership role in planning, promoting, and executing several special events for the Collingwood Community including a local farm visit, and fall bulb swap. The Foodlands Programmer will work to build a strong community of volunteers where participants are empowered and welcomed into the space.


Program Delivery 60%

• Work collaboratively with the Indigenous Foodlands Manager to develop, plan, promote, and host weekly work parties at the Food Forest

• Collaborate with like minded organizations with support from the Foodlands Manager & Food Justice Coordinator to plan the Still Creek Feast day & Indigenous People’s Day celebrations

• Work with the Food Justice Coordinator & Community Food Liaison to support capacity building within the two community gardens (Cheyenne Community Garden & Collingwood Community Garden)

• Encourage and empower Community Gardeners to share their unique knowledge sets

• Support Community Gardens with work party planning

• Organize, including budgeting and logistics, for one local farm visit (ie, berry picking) for Community Advisory members

• Build elements of Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Justice into all programing

Communications 25%

• Plan, write, and post weekly Social media posts as well as monthly blog posts, and newsletter content for Indigenous Foodlands and Urban Agriculture programs

• Write, format, coordinate, Foodlands updates for the Bi-Monthly RCFJ newsletter

• Connect frequently with volunteers including calling to remind participants of programs

• Write, design, and post 4 infographics and blog posts pertaining to urban agriculture, food/seed sovereignty as elements of Food Justice

Planning and Evaluation 10%

• Keep up to date records and maps of plants and equipment at the Norquay Food Forest, Community garden

• Keep up to date records on attendance of volunteers, participants, and programs delivered

• Attend monthly RCFJ Advisory Committee Meetings

Administrative & Internal Tasks 5%

• Attend weekly RCFJ team meetings, Community Development team meetings, bi-monthly Community Advisory Committee meetings, and weekly check ins with Food Justice Coordinator

• Write weekly Monday Morning Reports for Community Development team to stay on task

• Keep record of hours worked on a weekly basis

• Other tasks as assigned


• Must be between 15-30 years of age, a Canadian Citizen, Refugee, or valid permit to work in Canada

• Demonstrated interest, involvement and knowledge of Renfrew-Collingwood community resources, networks, and institutions

• Fluency in a non-English language an asset (Tagalog, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi)

• Ability to work with Outlook, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and other computer programs

• Working knowledge or willingness to learn Canva, MailChimp, Hootsuite and other marketing software

• Working knowledge of community development values including principles of anti-oppression, intersectionality and equity, and asset-based community development

• Excellent people and community skills and experience working with a marginalized group; including, venerable populations, newcomers and English language learners


Salary: $16.30/hr

Schedule: TBA, 30 hrs/week for 16 weeks

Location: Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Start Date: June 1, 2022


As per Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Human Resources Policies and Procedures, all factors being equal first priority will be given to qualified internal and local applicants. Equality of opportunity and diversity is important to us. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

This position is funded by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Canada Summer Jobs Program and applicants must be between 15 to 30 years old, legally able to work in Canada and must complete a criminal record check prior to contract start date.

CNH is committed to taking every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of its workforce, and the community, from the transmission of COVID-19. As per the CNH Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, we require all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination status before commencing employment.


Gillian Der

Food Security Coordinator

Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9


Please quote reference # CD09-22-02

CLOSING DATE: May 23, 2022 at 12PM.

We thank all individuals who apply for this position and will contact shortlisted candidates directly. No phone calls please.

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