Youth Care Worker (Live-In)

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  • Substance Use
  • Vancouver

Youth Substance Use Support Recovery Program – Vancouver (Job # 7300- 1903)

Regular Full Time

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 in the workplace,  Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining a work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve.

Position Summary:

The Youth Care Worker (Live-In) 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 two 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.

There are three (3) positions (per house), each working 4 days on with 2 days off under the title of “Live in Caregiver”, and provides daily residential support and guidance to program residents alongside an in-house clinical team. An overnight awake staff will be on shift nightly.    Live-In Home Support Workers receive free full-time rental accommodation in a separate legal suite or laneway house located on the property. 


  • Lead the planning and managing of daily structure and routines (i.e., wake-ups, meal prep, daily chores and tasks, bedtimes, etc.) and involve youth in these activities.
  • Assist in admission and orientation routines and transition/discharge planning.
  • Participate in the implementation of a care plan for each youth/young adult.
  • Monitor activities of youth on and off-site where required.
  • Act as a positive role model for youth.
  • Apply a range of behaviour management strategies, consistent with logical consequences, standard practices, and agency policy.
  • Identify potential crises and take steps to intervene effectively to prevent and/or diffuse these situations.
  • Facilitates/transports youth to appointments with relevant professionals, as necessary.
  • Monitor visits by family/friends of youth/young adult.
  • Organize and participate in the provision of developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Organize and assist in the completion of household tasks involving youth (i.e. meal planning food purchasing and preparation; house cleaning; maintenance; etc.).
  • Documents all relevant information in the clinical file in accordance with program standard practices.
  • Timely completion of administrative reports (i.e., timesheets, petty cash receipts, etc.).
  • Manages own time efficiently and works independently within a team framework.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with colleagues, other service providers, families of the youth, neighbours, and members of the community.
  • Attend and participate in staff/supervision meetings, committee meetings and agency staff meetings, as required.
  • Understands the stresses of the job and takes steps to prevent/manage stress (burn-out).
  • Other duties as assigned.

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 an asset.

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
  • Current standard first aid certificate
  • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and driver’s abstract.

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
Position Remuneration:
Pay-scale $164.02-$186.58/per 24-hour shift plus comprehensive benefits package including pension
Free Full-time staff rental housing provided on-site and meals provided while on shift.
 PCRS will consider applicants with temporary worker status or sponsorship to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency.


  • Devika Ramkhelawan, Vancouver Manager of Addictions.

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

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