Public Health Association of BC Public Health Association of BC

Fresh Roots Community Support Team – Schoolyard Gardener (Summer 2018)

Schoolyard Gardener

Fresh Roots: Community Support Team

Vancouver, BC



Application Deadline: Application review begins upon receipt; open until May 30, 2018


Good Food For All

Everyone should have access to healthy food, soil, and community. We enact this vision by cultivating engaging gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration. Fresh Roots stewards 1/2-acre market gardens on school grounds across the lower mainland. Our fields produce good food for the community, empower youth through vocational skills development, and serve as hands-on outdoor classrooms for over 5000 students each year.


The Position

The Schoolyard Gardener is a partnership with Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Farm 2 School
BC and the Public Health Association of BC to support elementary school gardens across East Vancouver. Teachers utilize gardens to help youth engage with curriculum, to learn new concepts, and to help youth eat more healthy food. To ensure that teachers have access to their garden, you will work with
elementary schools across East Vancouver to help ensure that their gardens are taken care of during the
summer season. That means weeding, watering, planting, and planning. You’ll bring produce to food
security organizations and take some home yourself. You are a self-starter who loves to be outside.
You’ll be working by yourself gardening at different sites across East Vancouver, and occasionally with
groups. You are a keen gardener already and feel comfortable working outside through the summer. In
all, you’ll grow a stupendous garden and get it ready for the school year to come!


Required Qualifications

  • Must meet Canada Summer Jobs Requirements
  • Confident gardening abilities
  • Physically fit and happy to work outdoors
  • Confident working independently
  • Demonstrates respect and empathy for all
  • Interest and knowledge of social media
  • Have phone and access to a computer
  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • Have a bicycle and feel comfortable riding with a bike trailer OR a vehicle to travel between sites


Key Details

  • Begins July 1 – August 24
  • $15.00/hr


How to Apply

E-mail a short cover letter (500 words) and resume (in one document) to with your name and the name of the job position in the subject. Early submission of Application increases likelihood of an interview. Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately upon receipt; earlier applications will be considered first. Application deadline is May 30. Once filled this application will be closed. We regret that due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for interviews will be contacted.