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Position: School Gardens Program Activity Leader
Organization: SPEC
Location: Vancouver, BC


The SPEC School Gardens program works with different schools, primarily elementary schools in teaching food literacy and environmental education in Vancouver and the surrounding municipalities. Our goal is to connect children to their food, to each other, to nature and their community.

The SPEC School Gardens Program is seeking up to 10 enthusiastic volunteers to assist with leading nature, garden and food literacy activities for school aged children outdoors on school grounds or nearby green spaces from March to June 2021.

Volunteers will be provided an orientation and supervised by the School Gardens Program Coordinator. Volunteers will engage with children ages 5-13 years while leading activities in small groups on topics such as pollinators, soil science, beneficial insects, seasonal changes with lots of hands-on gardening and nature observations. All volunteers will be provided with activity sheets and tips to teach in an outdoor environment.

Volunteers must adhere to all COVID-19 and BC Schools Health and Safety Protocols. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask at all times even outdoors and must bring their own hand sanitizer and garden gloves.

Minimum age: 18+

Time Commitment:

This is a flexible volunteer opportunity. Day time availability is required. We ask that volunteers commit to 4-5 shifts throughout the time frame of this project or one shift a month.

Dates and Times:

Dependent on the schools and when lessons are scheduled. Monday to Friday, 12:30 - 3:15pm. Volunteers can sign up for shifts two weeks in advance. (TBA)

Skills I will gain:

Patience, practice working with young children, teamwork, communication and listening skills, adaptability, time management, conflict management, confidence, and leadership.


  • Lead one nature or garden based activity per scheduled session (20 minutes) per group
  • Assist with making sure students are engaged in the lesson and paying attention.
  • Set-up and clean up of activity stations and garden tools.

Some heavy lifting will be required (helping carry and organize supplies and activity stations, setting up tables and or tents).

*Please note that this volunteer opportunity takes place outdoors in all kinds of weather (rain or shine). Please advise if you have any physical limitations or require any additional support.


Volunteers must have some previous experience with working/volunteering with children ages 5-13 years of age and some knowledge of gardening principles. This a great opportunity for teacher candidates, students in food and land systems, farm programs, environmental studies, environmental science, forestry or other sustainability programs.

Other Requirements:

All volunteers must complete a Criminal Record Check and participate in a short phone or online interview to be considered.

short term opportunity (during the school year)


Sharlene Singh

School Gardens Program Coordinator


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Jan 6 2021    Numéro : 58215