Detox Worker

The Salvation Army B.C. Vancouver Harbour Light
November 29, 2019
Vancouver, Canada
Job Type
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Closing date
Open until filled
Street Address
119 East Cordova Street



  • On Call


  • Monitors the activities of the clients/residents and maintains availability for personal, practical and moral support; may include providing safe storage and recording of prescribed medications
  • Accurately records day-to-day happenings using appropriate methods; maintains logbooks and completes occurrence reports
  • Provides lifeskills training (personal hygiene, mental and physical health, communication, anger management, etc.) for clients/residents
  • Acts as client advocate; acts as positive role model
  • Knowledge of alcohol and drug abuse, human behavior, and relevant community resources.
  • Complete all intake tasks: Luggage check; valuables receipt; orientation to unit, their sleeping area, detox rules and regulations, and program activities.
  • Conduct daily orientation groups to clients in detox.
  • Facilitate educational groups on a variety of topics pertinent to addictions.
  • Inform clients of the option of treatment after the detoxification period.
  • Refer clients to Social Worker for referral to treatment as necessary.
  • NB: It is not part of the Health Care Worker’s job to determine what type of treatment a client requires.
  • Attend to the cleanup of the bed area and re-make for next client intake.
  • Assist in maintaining cleanliness of unit - Spot clean floors and walls, clean washrooms as needed when janitor not on unit.
  • Collect soiled bedding and bundle it to be sent to the cleaners. Do unit laundry as necessary.
  • Liaises with referral sources and other external agencies as needed (e.g. welfare, police, parole, urgent situations)
  • Coordinates client care relating to security issues; performs bed checks and room/personal searches
  • Handles the admission, orientation, evaluation of clients’ understanding of rules, and discharge procedures; ensures the ongoing enforcement of policies, which may include client discipline
  • Answers the program department telephone and records/remits messages
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Diploma or Degree in health care, resident care or a related social services field
  • Willingness to adhere to the Mission Statement of Harbour Light and the values of The Salvation Army.
  • One-year experience in a related field.
  • Criminal Record Review Act clearance to work with vulnerable adults.
  • Computer literate with Microsoft Windows and Office.
  • Has the ability to listen effectively and efficiently and has good communication skills.
  • Is knowledgeable about alcohol and drug abuse, human behavior, and relevant community resources would be considered and asset.
  • Current Certification in First Aid/CPR, Mental Health First Aid, and Motivational Interviewing would be considered and asset.

Successful candidates, prior to hiring, may be required to provide:

  • Background check consent
  • A clear vulnerable sector screening
  • A clean drivers abstract
  • Completion of our online Armatus Abuse Training and required Health and Safety training

If there is a competition number associated with this posting, please include within the subject line of your email, fax or regular mail correspondence.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable Human Rights Legislation. If you require a disability related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

In accordance with The Salvation Army policy and legislated requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials and completion of a background check.

Internal Applicants: Please advise Department Heads of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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