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Position Title: Program Coordinator, Nature Stewards
Organization: Environmental Youth Alliance
Location: 500-610 Main St, Vancouver, BC

Terms: 32 hrs/wk, permanent (flexible schedule)
Start Date: Flexible - between March and May 2020

Wage: $38,000 - $40,000
Reports to: Program Manager

NOTE: Substantial weekend work will be required for this position.

COVID-19 Update: We are still interviewing and hiring for this (and other) positions (; start dates may be slightly delayed. 

What we do: mission & mandate

EYA helps youth facing barriers to connect with nature and develop the skills, confidence, and resilience to become community leaders and environmental stewards. We provide free hands-on programs in inner city green spaces, empowering youth to grow native plants, restore wildlife habitat, carry out community science, and learn about using wild plants for food and medicine.

You'll be joining a small but innovative organization, and a team of creative, fun, and like-minded colleagues. We value collaboration, accessibility & inclusivity, and authentic youth leadership. EYA offers a flexible work schedule, options to work at home, a $300 annual health spending account, and $150 annual pro D budget. To find out more, visit

What you’ll do: situation & role overview

As the Program Coordinator for Nature Stewards, you’ll design and facilitate a number of multisession programs each year, including developing curriculum and engaging youth to learn about native plant horticulture, habitat restoration (invasive species removal, native plantings), and Indigenous plant use. You will also work collaboratively with a team to manage and maintain EYA’s nursery and greenhouse, develop plant medicine harvest gardens, and restore urban wildlife habitat along Still Creek. The program is based in Strathcona and Cottonwood Community Gardens in the Downtown Eastside. There are three positions available.

Key responsibilities

  • Facilitate youth programs: Lead hands-on, experiential activities engaging youth to grow native plants in EYA’s nursery, learn about the food and medicinal properties of plants, rewild urban green spaces, and connect with land-based teachings
  • Help create & maintain teaching/harvesting gardens and restore habitat along Still Creek
  • Design programming and develop curriculum, with support from the program manager
  • Help manage and maintain the nursery and greenhouse that support the programs
  • Manage program logistics: create lesson plans, recruit youth & schedule guests
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners and local experts
  • Recruit and mentor youth volunteers/interns to support program delivery
  • Manage social media and marketing for the program
  • Support program evaluation and reporting
  • Support operational improvement projects as needed
  • Support program fundraising work as needed
  • Help to coordinate and facilitate community workshops and events as needed
  • Ensure program activities adhere to organizational policies, relevant legislation, and professional standards
  • Other activities as identified by the Program Manager

One of the 3 positions available will also be responsible for leading elementary school field trips at EYA’s program sites, helping students explore urban ecology through art and science.

What you’ll bring: requirements & assets

Are you an energetic and skilled facilitator? Do you have experience with horticulture, herbalism, farming/gardening, Indigenous plant use, or ecological restoration? We're looking for someone with experience running environmental education programs for youth and strong knowledge of plant care and habitat restoration or the use of plants as medicine, foods, and fibre arts. Ideally, you’re familiar with plants native to Coastal BC or excited to learn more. You’re also organized, creative, collaborative, a good communicator, and passionate about plants and urban ecology!

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience/training in applied biology, agriculture, ecology, herbalism, Indigenous studies, environmental science, education, or related field
  • 1 - 2 years experience planning and facilitating ecology-related youth programs; experience working with youth from marginalized populations preferred
  • Strong interest in urban habitat/rewilding or herbalism/plant medicine; experience with ecological farming, ecological restoration and/or horticulture
  • Knowledge of plants native to coastal British Columbia an asset, or willingness to learn
  • Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op required; access to a personal vehicle is an asset
  • Able to work collaboratively with a small team to achieve shared goals
  • Positive attitude, flexible, and willing to pitch in to make things happen
  • Clear and concise communication skills
  • Able to work independently and take initiative
  • Organized and committed to high quality work
  • Resourceful, handy, and able to creatively problem-solve
  • Able to work responsibly and safely in inner-city garden spaces
  • Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
  • Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
  • Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 or willingness to obtain

How to apply

E-mail a short cover letter and resumé (in one document) to Emily Keller, Executive Director with “Program Coordinator application” in the subject line:

We have extended the deadline to April 17. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early. Three positions are available. COVID-19 update: We are still hiring for these positions, although start dates may be delayed to May or June. 

Due to limited administrative capacity, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 28 2020    ID: 55856