Overnight Youth Support Worker

- Closes December 20, 2018

  • Vancouver

Youth Substance Use Support Recovery Program – Vancouver (Job #7350 – 1002)

Regular Full Time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13)

PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. We have been recognized for placing a high value on work-life balance. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve.

Position Summary:

The regular full time Overnight Youth Support Worker is a member of the residential and clinical care team which is responsible for the direct care of youth and young adults placed at one of our substance use supportive recovery homes in East Vancouver.  The program provides transitional and supportive recovery programming for youth with persistent substance use issues with or without concurrent mental health issues.  The programs provide a post-detox, substance-free setting in a safe, supportive environment.

This position requires a sound understanding of addictions, mental health, and trauma-informed practices. The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge base of successful addictions treatment practices for youth and young adults, and the ability to balance clinical methodologies with relationship-based practice.

Primary Duties:

  • Lead the planning and managing of daily structure and routines (i.e., wake-ups, meal prep, bedtimes, etc.)
  • Through regular individual support involve youth/young adult in enhancing and developing various living skills, such as meal preparation, cooking, hygiene, etc.
  • Participate in the implementation of a care plan for each youth/young adult in the program.
  • Administer medications to youth in accordance with program policy and procedures
  • Act as a positive role model for youth and assist youth in developing values of honesty, self-assertiveness, respect for self and others, a democratic viewpoint, lack of dependency on drugs, alcohol and self-abusive behaviour.
  • Identify potential crises and take steps to intervene effectively to prevent and/or diffuse these situations.
  • Monitor visits by family/friends of youth/young adult.
  • Timely written and/or verbal reporting of information relevant to the formal assessment of each youth, including observations, communication from other service providers or families, comments or reports from youth, etc.
  • Organize and assist in the completion of household tasks involving youth (i.e., meal preparation; house cleaning; maintenance; etc.).
  • Manages own time efficiently and works independently within a team framework.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally within the team, other service providers, families/friends of the youth, neighbours, and members of the community.
  • Understands the stresses of the job and takes steps to prevent/manage stress (burn-out).

Academic and Job Experience Required:

BSW or B.A. in a related field plus one year experience or a two Year Child and Youth Care Diploma plus two years’ experience or the equivalent. Additional substance use/addictions training/experience considered an asset.                                             

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
  • Standard first aid certificate and CPR

Desired Requirements:

  • Crisis intervention and de-escalation training
  • Strong understanding of anti-oppression and decolonizing practice
  • Training to address depression/suicide/mental health Assessment an asset
  • Residential experience with youth
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal cultural/healing practices, impacts of colonialism, racism
  • Trained in trauma-informed practice
  • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and driver’s abstract an asset


  • Vancouver Manager of Addictions
Salary Range:     $23.31/hour – $26.53/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer paid)

“PCRS fosters an environment that ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.”


How to apply

Send Cover Letter and Resume to: resumes@pcrs.ca

Please quote “Job #7350 – 1002” on your cover letter

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