Job Posting 78170

Outreach Worker, Health Van Operator
The Lower Mainland Purpose Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Based out of Main Office at 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster
closes in 18 days (Fri, 17 Dec)
part time  •  Based on Experience

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families has the following position available:


Position:  Outreach Worker, Health Van Operator


Location:  Based out of Main Office at 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster.

                  Requires outreach in New Westminster, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows


Hours:       On-call 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. or 2-3 shifts per week 6:00p.m.-1:00a.m.


Start Date: ASAP


The Purpose Society is funded by the Fraser Heath Authority to provide mobile harm reduction and supportive social services to the New Westminster, Burnaby, Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge area. Services focus on supporting people who use substances and who are at risk of overdose.




The primary duty of the Outreach Worker is to drive a Health Van and distribute harm reduction supplies in various communities in the Lower Mainland. The Outreach Worker must be comfortable working with marginalized and street-involved individuals who are actively using substances, experiencing mental health issues, working in the sex trade, are homeless, and/or live in tents/camps.

  • Work closely with the Program Coordinator to implement opioid overdose prevention and response strategies, especially involving mobile outreach services
  • Work to support and engage our network of Peer Workers in the community
  • Upon request, provide naloxone kits, safer injection/smoking supplies, condoms and other personal care items
  • Provide education and facilitate trainings on safer substance use and other harm reduction practices
  • Safely recover used syringes from the various communities and satellite sites
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with clients who access services
  • In rare occasions, transport individuals to health appointments or substance use treatment facilities
  • Maintain necessary client and program reports and statistics, ensure that all required documentation is accurate
  • Provide resources and referral information to services such as violence prevention organizations, shelter and housing, substance use services and health care
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license, skill required to drive Mercedes Benz van
  • Clean driver’s abstract and clear criminal records check
  • Two year diploma in a relevant field, such as social work, community health, mental health and addictions studies or equivalent. Extensive experience may be considered in lieu of formal training
  • Experience working with marginalized people who are actively using substances, have mental health challenges, work in the sex trade, are homeless, and/or live in tents/camps
  • Ability to maintain a non-judgmental and non-stigmatizing approach is required
  • Ability to function effectively in difficult and/or crisis situations is required
  • Strong communication skills are required
  • Strong understanding of harm reduction principles, STDs, substance misuse, mental health and social determinants of health
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team is required
  • Established ability to maintain healthy boundaries is necessary
  • Knowledge of local resources an asset

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