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Learning Garden Worker

Job Description


Job Title:

Learning Garden Worker


Reports to:

Manager Housing Support Services



Rosalie’s Village Program Team



4351 West Saanich Road


Authority Level:




Position 1: June 6, 2022 – July 29, 2022

Position 2: July 11, 2022 –  September 2, 2022


Hourly Wage:




Organization Overview


The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island has been supporting people in need on Vancouver Island since 1916. Focused on impacting the lives of people affected by poverty, the Society offers emergency relief services while maintaining a focus and commitment to addressing the root causes that contribute to poverty in our communities. The Society currently provides 128 units of supportive and affordable housing serving women and children, seniors and people facing homelessness. Saint Vincent de Paul provides a wide range of community supports through the Social Concern Program including a food pantry, home visit program, education, training, and emergency rent/utility payments. Through the Ozanam Centre, the Society operates a community integration program for persons with developmental disabilities, helping people achieve a higher quality of life. Believing in sustainable development, the Society operates two thrift stores that contribute to both financial sustainability and the provision of clothing and household items to those in need. More than 160 people make up the Society membership, supported by more than 150 volunteers and 75 staff.


Position Overview

The Learning Garden Worker at the direction of the Manager Housing Support Services  Support Services would engage in a variety of activities that would maintain and grow the community learning garden and support increased knowledge and skills regarding food preparation, food handling and assisting to develop an accessible food security system at Saint Vincent de Paul Royal Oak site. Training will be offered when possible to assist the Learning Garden Worker within this role.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities

All duties will be performed under the supervision of the Manager Housing Support Support Services or their delegate our place will assist through job coaching and support and planning with the employee to ensure success within the position.

  • Take on the leadership of planning, establishing and maintaining the Rosalie’s Village Community Learning Garden programs in consultation with team members and residents and program participants at the Royal Oak site.
  • Plan, organize and facilitate community learning workshops specific to all aspects of gardening, composting, food preservation and healthy meal planning and cooking with the Manager of Rosalie’s Support Services and other staff as necessary.
  • Cut and assemble bags of salad greens for community distribution
  • Be available to community members and SSVP staff to answer questions about gardens, composting, planning and programs
  • Attend weekly at the childcare center to facilitate garden and food, nature and garden related activities for children under 5 years old.
  • Participates actively in staff training opportunities.
  • Update Rosalie’s Village community at monthly community meetings and or newsletter and gardening and food security meetings.
  • Assist in implementing an outcome reporting system-Example:  report number of workshop attendees, weigh produce harvested from the garden, etc.
  • Related duties as directed, by Manager or designate, such as general administrative tasks


WorkSafeBC Responsibilities

  • A worker includes volunteers for the purpose of these responsibilities.
  • Ensure the health and safety of all workers under your direct supervision.
  • Know the WorkSafeBC requirements that apply to the work under your supervision and make sure those requirements are met.
  • Ensure workers under your supervision are aware of all known hazards.
  • Ensure workers under your supervision have the appropriate personal protective equipment, which is being used properly, regularly inspected, and maintained.

Be alert to hazards. Report them immediately to your supervisor or employer.

  • Follow safe work procedures and act safely in the workplace at all times.
  • Use the protective clothing, devices, and equipment provided. Be sure to wear them properly.
  • Co-operate with joint occupational health and safety committees, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafeBC prevention officers, and anybody with health and safety duties.


Desired Qualifications

  • A strong understanding of issues of food security and income security gained through; lived experiences, education and previous work experiences.
  • Strong garden and or food preparation knowledge
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Well-developed problem-solving abilities
  • Strong professional boundaries
  • A commitment to enhancing community development
  • Team player who can work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Should be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Be able to work well under pressure and with within deadlines
  • Must pass a vulnerable sector criminal reference check with the Ministry of Safety and a food safe course (both are at the cost of the Society)
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years.

Please Forward Resume and Cover letter to Attn: Sasha Harper 

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