Vancouver & Victoria
Mental Health Worker (Casual)
PHS Community Services Society is looking for casual Mental Health Workers to fill a variety of frontline positions supporting marginalized people at our properties in both Vancouver and Victoria. (We’re recruiting for both cities.)
Mental Health Workers are the backbone of PHS. They are embedded within PHS housing projects and programs to support residents and participants with immediate, practical day-to-day needs. In this position, you are the first to respond to and assess emergency situations, particularly overdose response.
PHS is expanding the casual pool due to ongoing growth and opening new residential units and support programs. Our buildings operate 24/7, and there will be a requirement to work nights and weekends (the related Home Support Worker position is days only).
We’re looking for people who work hard, think on their feet, and operate seamlessly as part of a team.
Want to know if it’s for you?
There’s a behind-the-scenes view of the job duties (and the interpersonal skills we’re looking for) in this blog post.
And this is what we do:
Why work here?
PHS is recognized as North American leaders in low barrier housing and harm reduction services. We are innovators, highly regarded across the sector, looking for people to join experienced, supportive multi-disciplinary teams.
PHS hires from within. Mental Health Worker and Home Support Worker roles provide foundational skills for individuals looking to progress within the organization.
Flexible scheduling. Our scheduling is completed monthly, with the opportunity to take additional hours at shorter notice, if it suits you. (You will not be on call.)
It’s a CUPE 5536 union position, overnight and weekend premiums apply, and there’s access to our family assistance program.
Job duties include (but are not limited to):
- Provide harm reduction, support, and housing services for PHS residents and service users.
- Safety and security measures.
- General cleaning duties for the project or program.
- Crisis intervention/de-escalation.
- Responding to emergency situations, particularly overdose response.
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. The ideal candidate for this role has the following qualifications and skills:
- Current First Aid and CPR certification is required.
- 1 – 2 years’ experience working with marginalized populations an asset.
- Need a non-judgmental, compassionate, harm reduction approach.
- Class 5 Driver’s Licence preferred.
An equal combination of education, training and experience is acceptable.
Terms of employment
Salary: $30.46 p/hr plus 10 per cent in lieu of benefits. Overnight and weekend premiums.
This is a unionized position under CUPE 5536.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a criminal records check.
PHS strives to create an inclusive and welcoming workplace that reflects the community we serve. We seek a diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds, and professional and lived experience in our staff. We particularly encourage applications from Indigenous individuals.
To comply with current Public Health Orders, some positions within PHS must be staffed by individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption. Proof of vaccination status will be required for successful applicants for positions covered by the order.
How to apply
Send your resume to email@example.com today! Please include a cover letter identifying the position title you are applying for, and the qualities and competencies that would make you a suitable candidate.