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Grounds Maintenance - Granville Island (Vancouver)

Sector: People and Strategy 

Language Designation: English Essential 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): ZZZ 

Salary Range: $43701.32 to $48557.02

Position Status: Temporary Full Time 


Be part of an inclusive workplace. Diversity and Inclusion guides everything we do at CMHC. We’re taking concrete actions to eliminate racism and embed equity into our culture, processes, programs, and policies so that they reflect the lived experiences of all Canadians.

Granville Island is administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) on behalf of the Federal Government.  The mission of CMHC with respect to Granville Island, is to maintain and foster Granville Island as a unique urban oasis in the heart of Vancouver, a place where visitors of all ages and income can meet, browse, explore and experience a variety of cultural, recreational, educational, commercial retail, arts and industrial activities on a year round basis.

Improving accessibility, creating a market district, developing a more vibrant arts & innovation sector, and enhancing the public realm are the key recommended strategies of Granville Island 2040: Bridging Past & Future, released by CMHC-Granville Island. The report builds on the success of the past, while offering bold new recommendations that anticipate how Granville Island can remain a dynamic destination for future generations to visit and enjoy. For more information, and to read the full report, visit



As Ground Maintenance you will assist in the success Granville Island through completing tasks ensuring the Granville Island experience is safe, clean and enjoyable for both clients and the Islands 11 Million visitors each year. 
As Granville Island is a 7-day/ week operation, there is a requirement to be available for shift work, including evenings and weekends.


Number of openings: 2 temporary full-time positions until May 2022 and November 2022


•    Repair, replace and maintain: wheel stops, roadways, sidewalks and boardwalks. This includes minor carpentry work replacing planks and deck boards, cold patch asphalt repairs and installation of interlocking paving stones.
•    Operating a leaf blower and leaf vacuum in cleaning of all debris from grounds.
•    Cleaning of public areas including hosing/pressuring washing boardwalks, sidewalks, plazas and docks etc.
•    Assists Maintenance Technicians in hanging of flags, banners and signage
•    Operating Scissor Lift fork lift and Boom lift for a variety of needs (lights, banners, gutters etc.)
•    Cleaning gutters, roof drains, canopies, awnings, skylights and windows using lifts, extension poles and power washers etc.
•    Operating motorized street sweeper, also hand sweeping of litter and debris.
•    Snow and ice removal, using shovels, snow blowers and ice melt spreaders when needed.
•    Assists Maintenance Technicians in minor building repairs as required.
•    Assisting Craftsperson Painter with duties, as required.
•    Set up/take down of temporary tents, stages and barricades for performances at different venues as directed by work orders and site plans.
•    Emptying garbage and recycling receptacles around the island and bringing waste to a centralized location.
•    Using the forklift to transfer or pick up to tow garbage and recycling bins to a centralized location for pick up or emptying.
•    Operate a hydraulic compacting machine to compress garbage, and to sort any recycle materials out to the landfill garbage.
•    Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner as a representative of CMHC.
•    Assorted daily cleaning duties, as needed, in maintenance shop and around the island exterior locations.

Minimum Qualifications 
•    Certification as a fork lift, scissor and boom lift operator is required or must be obtained within one month of hire.
•    Must have a valid driver’s license.
•    A minimum of 1 year of equivalent work experience in grounds maintenance.
•    Demonstrated knowledge in the use of grounds maintenance equipment such as power washers, leaf blowers and street sweepers.
•    Demonstrated experience in basic carpentry and the installation of interlocking pavers including the safe use of power and hand tools.
•    Ability to stay focused on the task at hand, in a highly congested environment.


Preferred Qualifications 
•    Basic construction trades knowledge: plumbing, electrical, mechanical etc. is an asset
•    WHIMS certificate an asset


Posting closing date: the competition may remain active until filled


Job Requisition ID: 6601  

Office Location: Vancouver (BC) 

Other Location(s):  

Security Requirement: Reliability Status 

Travel Requirement: Travel not required 

To Note
  • Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements.
  • Selected candidates may be required to do a presentation or assessment as part of the interview. If so, they will be advised in advance.
  • We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
  • If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.
  • Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an under-fill capacity, in which case the person will be hired at a lower salary range than is advertised for this position.
  • All applications submitted to this competition will be kept for a six (6) month period and may be considered for future related vacancies at CMHC.
  • All regular employees must be in their current role for a minimum of one (1) year prior to applying for a new position, if not, they must receive managerial approval to apply for a new position. 
  • If applying for a temporary assignment, please ensure that your Manager approves your application prior to submission.
  • In all cases, regular employees must successfully complete the corporate probationary period prior to applying for a new position.

CMHC is an employer that values diversity and encourages the learning and use of both Canada's official languages. CMHC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages application from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities