Need help finding psychology jobs in the city of Vancouver and area? Here’s a list of 17 organizations that are hiring; their websites list a variety of social work jobs and other types of jobs in psychology and healthcare. Bookmark this post, and start working your way through the list.
I created this list after I finished my Master of Social Work (MSW) at UBC, because I’m always on the lookout for jobs in psychology, social work, and healthcare. I’m one of those weird people who actually likes to look for work. Blogging is my full-time job, but I like to work on temporary contract at a variety of social work jobs. So, I’m always on the lookout for new tips on how to find psychology jobs in the city of Vancouver.
If you need to earn a living while you’re searching for the best city of Vancouver jobs, read 10 Highest Paying Jobs for College Students. But remember that the jobs on that list aren’t careers – they’re just short-term jobs to help pay the bills while you finish university or look for more fulfilling work.
How to Find Jobs in the City of Vancouver
It’s better to visit the organization’s website directly, because not all online classified ads and job search boards – such as Craig’s List or Indeed.ca – list all the available types of social work jobs.
Work on finding a job every day
If you’re looking for a job in psychology, social work, or the healthcare field, check these sites daily. The organizations update their job postings so don’t lose hope if you don’t see what you’re looking for today! Keep trying until you find the psychology jobs that pique your curiosity and pay the bills.
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. You’ll learn things that you can weave into your cover letter, which can help you find the job that is right for you.
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 city of Vancouver jobs, so sign up and read them.
Don’t lose faith
It can take a long time to find the right job, especially in the city of Vancouver or surrounding area. It’s a competitive market, even if you have advanced degrees. I know how scary and difficult it is to be out of work, especially if you don’t feel like you have many options. But take heart! Each of the organizations on my “city of Vancouver jobs” list hires people regularly – and they may be looking for someone just like you.
Stay hopeful. You WILL find the right job. If you’re not sure what type of work you’re searching for, read Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone. But bookmark this page first, so you don’t lose these potential jobs in psychology or social work.
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Jobs in Psychology, Social Work, and Healthcare
When I published this, all the links to these city of Vancouver jobs and organizations worked. However, sometimes webpages move around, which leaves us stranded. Let me know if any of these links don’t work and I’ll find fix them.
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 saw 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 psychology, 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 nonprofit organizations to hospices – advertise their employment needs here. You can narrow your search for city of Vancouver jobs in psychology, social work, or other healthcare settings.
City of Vancouver – Why not work for the actual city of Vancouver? Jobs may be competitive, but someone has to work there. The jobs 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.
If you like jobs in psychology that allow you to work alone, read Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People.
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. This could be a source of city of Vancouver jobs, but you have to keep checking the website. 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.
RCMP – Another site I like to visit regularly, even though it’s not technically a great place to search for city of Vancouver jobs in psychology. The RCMP do more work outside of Vancouver proper, in cities such as North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Chilliwack, etc.
Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS) – Currently lists several social work and psychology jobs in the city of 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 the city of 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 the city of 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 jobs, but WorkinNonProfits is worth keeping an eye on. The benefit of a job search board like this is that you can go beyond looking for city of Vancouver jobs.
VPD Civilian Careers – The city of Vancouver Police Department is another organization I like to check regularly. I haven’t seen psychology jobs there yet, but I’m 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 not one of those precious city of Vancouver jobs. If you’re looking for social work jobs near Vancouver, though, it’s worth looking into the YMCA. They hire lots of summer staff in the spring, and the Wellness Staff roles might be more social work or counselor-type jobs.
If you feel overwhelmed and depressed at the thought of searching for city of Vancouver jobs, read How to Stay Positive When Looking for a Job.
And, have faith that you will find work. Believe that God loves you and is protecting you…and that perhaps this is His way of getting your attention.
What city of Vancouver jobs in psychology have I missed? Tell me below; I’ll add it to my list. If you have any tips for finding healthcare or social work jobs in Vancouver or the surrounding area, please comment below.