Why work for PHS?

PHS embraces a diverse, flexible and inclusive working environment that is reflective of the communities served. Trust, mutual respect and dignity are fundamental PHS values.

We have fair employment practices and recognize the unique talent and input each individual brings.

This is a pragmatic and compassionate organization with a committed and supportive team environment focused on a unified goal.

Open Positions

We are always on the lookout for Mental Health Workers. There’s a simple reason for this: we are a fast-growing organization that recruits from within, hiring for frontline positions from the pool of Mental Health Workers. This is a forward-looking organization with opportunities for progression.

Mental Health Worker (Casual)

Vancouver and Victoria

Would you enjoy working with community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside or Victoria? Are you interested in a job where you can make an impact on the well-being of others? If this sounds like you, PHS invites you to apply for the role of Mental Health Worker (Casual). We are looking to greatly expand our casual pool due to our growth as an organization.

About PHS

PHS provides supportive housing, harm reduction and overdose prevention services to people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Victoria. PHS embraces a diverse and inclusive work environment that is reflective of the community it serves.


  • Providing support, housing services and advocacy for our residents and others who are under-served in our community.
  • Assisting with medication administration.
  • Harm reduction.
  • Assisting with the delivery of recreational activities.
  • Safety and security measures.
  • General cleaning duties for the project or program.
  • Crisis intervention/de-escalation.
  • Acting as a first responder in medical interventions including overdose response and medical emergencies.

Education and experience

We are looking for people from all walks of life! Different types of experiences are valued at PHS, including volunteer and lived experience with mental illness/addictions/homelessness. The ideal candidate for this role has the following qualifications and skills:

  • You have a minimum of 1-2 years of work experience with “concurrent disorders/hard to house” populations.
  • You have education in Social Services and or related field, or you have other relevant related experience.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification is required.
  • Class 5 Driver’s License is a preferred asset.

An equal combination of education, training and experience is acceptable.


Working at PHS will offer you the opportunity to thrive in a fast-growing and exciting organization, committed to providing housing, service and advocacy to all in need.

How to apply

Please send resumes to  jobs@phs.ca  today!

Licensed Practical Nurse (Casual)


Within the context of a therapeutic community care model and in accordance with the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) LPN standards of professional practice, Code of Ethics, and the established vision and values of the organization, located in a housing facility or in a primary health care clinic, provides primary health care services to residents/clients with a wide variety and complexity of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases including communicable diseases, addictions, mental health and general health issues.

Performs physical, addiction and mental health assessments, refers residents to the physician and/or the psychiatrist for further examination, administers prescribed treatments and medications. Observes, monitors, evaluates and documents progress, symptoms, and behavioral changes and performs a variety of health care interventions.

Provides treatment and recovery support using health promotion and harm reduction approaches. Works collaboratively with internal team, other health care professionals, resident, family and community. Provides empathetic, compassionate and nonjudgmental care to all residents and patients, grounded in a harm reduction, strength-based and community-oriented philosophy of care.

The LPN reports to the Nurse Manager.


  • Current registration with BCCNP.
  • Recent, related experience.
  • Certificates in CPR and First AID, BCCDC Immunization, phlebotomy training, advanced wound care training.

Knowledge and abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills within a specific knowledge of community health and nursing practice within a client and family-centered model of care.
  • Broad knowledge of BCCNP LPN standards of practice and guidelines for clinical practitioners.
  • Knowledge of the Community Health Nurse of Canada (CHNC) competencies and standards of practice.
  • Basic Knowledge of nursing standardized tests and measures.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated skill in the provision of evidence-based clinical practice related to designated clinical population.
  • Knowledge of provincial acts, regulations, and program policies and guidelines related to home and community care.
  • Knowledge of acute, chronic disease, palliative and health management and self-management support.
  • Knowledge of community resources available for client/ family support and related health services.
  • Knowledge of transitions through continuum of care.
  • Knowledge of other health professions and their role in client care.
  • Knowledge of adult education principles, methods, and tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote client-focused care for and with clients and significant others, sensitive to diverse cultures and preference, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of a professional team.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new and unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage psychosocial and behavioral issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic, and social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to employ effective conflict resolution and reconciliation approaches and techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, facilitate and coach.
  • Demonstrated ability to employ teaching/ learning strategies to transfer knowledge to engage clients/ families in planning and self-management of care.
  • Demonstrated ongoing professional development of self.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop rapport, trust, and ethical relationships with clients/families, client care providers and other health care professionals and providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, schedule, and prioritize work.

Terms of employment

Successful applicants will be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

This is a unionized position under CUPE 1004.

Job Type: Casual (8 – 40 hours per week).

Salary: $31.65 per hour.


  • Mental health/addictions: 1 year (required)
  • Primary care: 1 year (required)


  • CPR HCP (required)
  • Nursing license (required)

There is no opportunity to work remotely.

How to apply

Your application MUST include a cover letter identifying the position title you are applying for, and the qualities and competencies that would make you a suitable candidate.

Please send resumes to  jobs@phs.ca  today!

Residential Care Aide


Would you enjoy working with community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside? Are you interested in a job where you can make an impact on the well-being of others? If this is you, PHS invites you to apply for the temporary role of Residential Care Aide (RCA).

Reporting to the Project Manager, and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, the RCA provides care to residents in accordance with the organization’s philosophy, goals and objectives, and implements/reviews individual resident case plans to provide the highest quality of service and care.

RCAs work very closely with and support residents who have a mental diagnosis, persons with physical disabilities and/or chronic disease such as HIV/AIDS, persons with a history of criminal activity and/or involvement in the criminal justice system, persons who engage in active alcohol, drug, and/or IV drug use, persons with any combination of the above, or other persons in need of service.

About PHS

PHS provides supportive housing, harm reduction, and overdose prevention to those under-served in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Community. PHS embraces a diverse and inclusive work environment that is reflective of the community it serves.


  • Establishes and maintains a strong rapport with clients/residents
  • Provides personal healthcare to residents, ensuring that the residents’ activities of daily living needs are met as per policy and procedures. e.g. personal hygiene and basic wound care, oral care, skin care, toileting, bathing, nail care, dressing, grooming and activation.
  • Provides physical, social, emotional, basic life skills, and behavioral management support to clients including; accompanying residents to appointments; coordinating transportation; home support; and harm reduction initiatives.
  • Ensure seamless flow throughout the continuum of care, referral to services and exploration of new partnerships to improve clients’ quality of life.
  • Responsible for de-escalating hostile interactions and escalating to higher authorities as necessary.

Education and experience

  • Graduation from a recognized Resident Care Attendant or Continuing Care/Nursing Assistant Program, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Two (2) years of recent, related experience
  • Familiarity with a variety of drug overdose symptoms and appropriate protocols and procedures. Current CPR, First Aid, Narcan, and overdose management training required.

Valued benefits

Working at PHS will offer you the opportunity to thrive in a fast-growing and exciting organization, committed to providing housing, service, and advocacy to those in need.

Contract length: Temporary

Salary: From $25.40 per hour


  • AEC / DEP or Skilled Trade Certificate (Preferred)

How to apply

Your application MUST include a cover letter identifying the position title you are applying for, and the qualities and competencies that would make you a suitable candidate.

Please send resumes to  jobs@phs.ca  today!

Director of Human Resources and Labour Relations


Operating since 1991, PHS Community Services Society (PHS) is a champion for social inclusion, a leader in social innovation, and an advocate for marginalized people whose voices are rarely heard.

PHS offers a range of innovative community-based programs to meet the diverse needs of the thousands of people they serve each year, including needle distribution and collection, innovative addiction medical services, managed alcohol programs, dental care, and alternatives to traditional detox.

When you work for PHS, you will be part of a movement that pushes the envelope of what is possible in providing health care and supportive housing in Vancouver and Victoria. You will be on the cutting edge of supportive housing, care provision and harm reduction.

About the role

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Human Resources and Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring strategic, effective, consistent, and legal people practices and policies throughout the organization. The Director will oversee all human resources functions including labour relations, occupational health & safety, benefits, recruitment, training and development, HR communications and compliance.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced human resource leader with a proven track record of expertise across all facets of human resources, including complex labour relations. In addition to delivering strategic counsel and guidance across the organization’s people practices, this role is also responsible for actively participating in union relations, contract administration, policy development and HR reporting while advancing employee wellness and engagement. The preferred candidate will have the ability to understand, communicate and support the mission and values of PHS including the principles of Harm Reduction.


  • Human Resources
  • Labour Resources
  • Employee Wellness and Engagement
  • Training and Development


  • Strategic thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiations
  • Community builder
  • Cultural and social awareness

How to apply

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact Harbour West Consulting at 604-998-4032 or forward your resume and cover letter, in confidence, to info@hwest.ca.