Vancouver Coastal Health

Detox Worker

Job Description

Job Title: Detox Worker
Work Site: Vancouver Detox - Vancouver, BC
Status: Temporary Full Time - Vacation Relief
Start Date: As soon as possible until January 2023
Salary: $26.38 - $28.63 per hour


Days off: Rotating

Reference#: 171206-jem


Come work as a Detox Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Health Care Worker to join the Vancouver Detox team as a Detox Worker. Apply today to join our team!


As a Detox Worker with VCH you will report to the Shift Supervisor to provide assessment, monitoring and referral of chemically dependent adults and youth at the Detox Centre, and provide care and supervision to intoxicated individuals in a police holding unit.




Education & Experience

  • Graduation from a recognized Health Care Worker educational program plus two years' related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Sound knowledge of the principles and practices related to the assessment and care of chemically dependent adults and youth.
  • Proven counseling skills.
  • Ability to assess, supervise and monitor chemically dependent adults and youth.
  • Ability to present educational materials and lead discussion groups related to substance abuse.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to work independently with minimal direction, to take initiative, to organize and prioritize work and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish/maintain satisfactory work relationships with the public and other employees, to deal tactfully and effectively with co-workers, public and staff from other agencies, to maintain confidentiality and to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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