Canada Summer Jobs: Foodlands Programmer, Full-Time, Term Certain (#CD09-24-04)

May 7, 2024 | Career Opportunities, Community Development

Closing Date: 2024-05-20

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is a not-for-profit Society serving the Renfrew-Collingwood (RC)
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.

Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice (RCFJ) is a team within the Community Development department at CNH. RCFJ promotes equitable access, intercultural learning and community leadership around sustainable growing, local food, food security, diverse food traditions, and healthy eating in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. We believe that food is a human right and that the “right to food” means much more than meeting basic nutritional requirements. We help bring neighbours together to find solutions to issues like hunger, isolation, and racism in our community.

Job Overview

The Foodlands Programmer focuses on urban growing and Indigenous food sovereignty. The Programmer works collaboratively with the team, including supports urban growing initiatives, empowers community members to build their capacity in the gardens, supports the health of the ecosystem at the Community Food Forest, etc. The Foodlands Programmer is also responsible for the planning, execution, and record-keeping of community-based workshops on urban growing.


  • Program Delivery
    • With the support from the team, plan and organize weekly work parties/drop-ins at the community food forest, the rooftop garden, and the community gardens
    • Collaborate with external organizations to organize community celebrations
    • Encourage and empower community gardeners and volunteers to share their unique knowledge sets
    • Attend bi-monthly RCFJ Food Advisory Committee Meetings
  • Communications
    • Design, and post 4 infographics related to urban growing, Indigenous food sovereignty, or food justice
    • Prepare Foodlands program reviews and promotion materials for the bi-monthly e-newsletters
  • Administrative & Internal Tasks
    • Attend weekly RCFJ team meetings and bi-weekly Community Development department meetings
    • Keep up-to-date records on attendance of volunteers, participants, and programs delivered, as well as the equipment inventory
    • Perform other tasks as assigned


  • Must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred
    under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada


  • Interest in Foodlands, land-based work, urban growing and Indigenous food sovereignty
  • Basic knowledge of community development values including anti-oppression and equity
  • Demonstrate interest, involvement, and knowledge of Renfrew-Collingwood community resources
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with Outlook, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and social media platforms
  • Must provide Criminal Record Check Clearance
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19


  • Food Safe and First Aid certification
  • Oral and written proficiency in additional language(s)

Job Details

  • Salary: $17.40/hr
  • Schedule: 30 hours/week. The schedule is flexible and may include some evenings and weekends.
  • Location: Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver)
  • Date: June 10th, 2024 – Aug 31st, 2024 (12 weeks)

Application Process

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, CNH will not consider your hob application. As per the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Human Resources Policies and Procedures, all factors being equal, first priority will be given to qualified local and internal applicants. We encourage applicants with lived experience of structural inequity to apply, and in particular those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2IA+, and those living with a visible or invisible disability.

This position is funded by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Canada Summer Jobs Program.


Ingrid Figueroa
Community Food Liaison

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

Please Quote Reference #CD09-24-04
CLOSING DATE: May 20th, 2024 at 12pm

APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. We thank all individuals who apply for this position and will contact shortlisted candidates directly. No phone calls please.

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