Here’s my list of 17 websites to help you find a counseling or social work job in Vancouver or British Columbia. Included are non-profit organizations, government websites, health organizations, and job search sites. Almost all are currently hiring, and all update their websites and job postings regularly.
I’m just finishing my Master of Social Work (MSW) at UBC, and have started to look for work. I’m one of those weird people who actually likes to look for a job (I also like to date, which is similar to looking for work). I love seeing all the possibilities in terms of work (and partners), and it jazzes me up to send resumes, get invited for a job interview, and go through the whole process of getting employed.
Yesterday, I shared a bit of my resume and my whole cover letter in How to Write a Social Work Resume and Cover Letter. If you have any questions on looking for a social work job, preparing a resume, or tailoring your cover letter to express yourself fully and succinctly, please let me know in the comments section. I’d be happy to help, if I can.
A List of Social Work Jobs in Vancouver
This is my list of the websites I visit two or three times a week. My focus is on finding a counseling or social work job in Burnaby, North Vancouver, or West Vancouver – but this list covers all of British Columbia.
If you’re looking for a social work (or any) job, check these sites daily. They are updated regularly, so don’t lose hope if you don’t see what you’re looking for today! Stay the course.
Explore all the “nooks and crannies” of these websites. The Provincial Health Services website, for instance, lists an interesting job for social workers under “Psychiatry”, because the job is located in that unit of the hospital. Who would think to look for a social work job under Psychiatry? Not me! That’s why it’s important to spend time poking around these sites.
Sign up for the newsletters. At least one of the non-profit organizations on this list – Family Services of Greater Vancouver – sends a monthly newsletter that offers information about conferences, events, activities, festivals, clinics, workshops, and awards. Newsletters can be an awesome resource for social workers who need a job, so sign up and read them!
Let me know if any of these links are broken, okay? When I published this, the links I tested were all good. But sometimes webpages move around, leaving “Page Not Found” in their wake…
BC Housing – I visited BC Housing’s website for the first time yesterday, so am not as familiar with the possible social work jobs on here as I am with most of the other sites below. That said, however, I immediately see a couple interesting social work jobs at BC Housing, such as Supportive Housing Analyst and Tenant Support Worker.
BC Public Service – A list of jobs in child protection, conservation, nursing, communications, team leadership, etc. There are several social work jobs with the Ministry of Child and Family Development. The BC Public Service provides human resource management policies and frameworks, as well as a variety of human resource services, products and programs.
CharityVillage – This where I found my last social work job, as a Mentoring Coordinator with Big Brothers Vancouver. Many non-profit organizations – ranging from aquariums to hospices – advertise their employment needs here.
City of Vancouver – It just occurred to me that the City of Vancouver might hire social workers or counselors! The employment page on the City of Vancouver’s website is worth checking out. They hire for the recreation and community centres, which may have social service or couseling opportunities.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver – Is hiring child and youth care workers, relief intake workers, and other social work positions. I haven’t seen a counseling job on this site yet, but I know they employ counselors.
Fraser Health – There are definitely social work jobs here for both BSW’s and MSW’s, but also a variety of psychology, counseling, and case manager opportunities. I was intrigued by the Patient Educator position, but I didn’t apply for it when I first saw it a few weeks ago. It’s not listed anymore, but I’m keeping my eye on this site.
Indeed.ca – This is the job search website through which I applied for a job as a group facilitator for Sage Counseling and Addiction Services in Burnaby. It was a bit odd, as I didn’t know that Sage was the organization until after I submitted my resume. Some of the social work jobs on indeed.ca are also advertised on other websites. Still, this site is worth visiting regularly.
Provincial Health Services – This is a job search website for all of BC, including specific hospitals (eg, BC Women’s Hospital), health clinics (BC Cancer Agency), and community groups in Vancouver (eg, Heartwood Centre for Women). You’ll find social work jobs in Vancouver here – as well as a list of patient care jobs, mental health jobs, community health service jobs, etc.
Providence Health Care – Oops! This is where I saw the Patient Educator job, not Fraser Health! Nevertheless, Providence has several social work jobs. St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver is under Providence, as are other hospitals, hospices, and clinics around BC.
Public Service Commission of Canada – The Government of Canada’s website, offering a variety of jobs across all provinces. Lots of jobs with Canada Post, Correctional Service of Canada, Canada Border Services, etc. I haven’t seen many counseling or social work jobs on this site, but I like to see what type of employment the federal government offers! The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is particularly interesting.
RCMP – Another site I like to visit regularly, despite all the controversy and bad press the RCMP get in BC. I haven’t seen any social work jobs on the RCMP’s site, but suspect they have counselors on staff.
Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS) – Currently lists several social work jobs in Vancouver: Child Protection Social Worker, Guardianship Social Worker, Family Preservation Counselor, Resources Social Worker, and Social Worker Assistant.
Vancouver Coastal Health – Lots of possible social work, counseling, and other jobs in Vancouver and all over BC on VCH’s website. In fact, right after I post this article I want to apply for the position of Peer Support Coordinator. I don’t think you need an MSW or even a BSW for that job, but it looks really interesting.
WorkBC – I haven’t played around with WorkBC too much because of all the other possible counseling and social work jobs on all the other sites. But, WorkBC lists a huge variety of jobs in Vancouver and all over BC, and should not be discounted if you’re an unemployed social worker.
WorkinNonProfits.ca – This job search website is similar to CharityVillage. I think CharityVillage lists many more job opportunities, but WorkinNonProfits is worth keeping an eye on.
VPD Civilian Careers – The Vancouver Police Department is another organization I like to check regularly. I haven’t seen a social work or counseling job here yet, but am interested in the crisis intervention work. I’m also curious what other jobs the VPD offers civilians.
YMCA – I’ve never worked with the Y, but have heard great things about it! The YMCA has a case manager position immediately available, but it’s on the Sunshine Coast. If you’re looking for a social work job near Vancouver, that might be the place for you! The YMCA is currently hiring lots of summer camp staff – and the Wellness Staff might be more social work or counselor-type jobs.
What non-profit organizations, private companies that hire social workers or counselors, or social work job sites have I missed? Tell me below; I’ll add it to my list.
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