Recreation Therapist (Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation)

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Recreation Therapist to join the Hospitalist Medicine Dementia team in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!

As a Recreation Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

Work in a team based environment and provide therapeutic recreation/leisure interventions to designated clients/residents.
Participate as a member of an integrated collaborative health care team, assessing clients’/residents’ recreation and leisure needs, abilities and interests.
Maintain a variety of records.
Plan and implement therapeutic recreation care plans, evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention, and communicate with the client/resident/family and health care team members.
Contribute to the organization and delivery of Recreation Therapy services, and participate in designated quality assurance initiatives, meetings, research and education, as required.


Education & Experience

Baccalaureate in Therapeutic Recreation or Leisure Studies from an accredited university.
Eligible for certification and CTRS credential with National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
ergency First Aid.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency First Aid.

Knowledge & Abilities

Basic knowledge of recreation therapy theory and practice within a rehabilitation and/or resident and family centred model of care.
Basic knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice related to designated clinical area.
Basic knowledge of research process and methodology.
Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
Demonstrated ability to function as a team member.
Demonstrated ability to teach and empower clients to assume control over their health.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and clients both one-on-one and in-groups.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
Demonstrated ability to provide effective consultation.
Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment.
Demonstrated ability to recognize when referral to another health care professional is required.
Skills in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate to recreation therapy treatment.
Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize related computer information systems, applications, technology, and equipment.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and “going first” when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to delivering exceptional care and building a great place to work. At VCH, we value and accommodate unique differences to ensure that our staff and medical staff (both current and prospective) have the opportunity and are supported to thrive.

To build a strong and representative workforce, we are seeking candidates who will contribute to a caring and inclusive culture. We encourage applications from members of communities that are disadvantaged on any grounds under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, people of all genders and sexualities and people with disabilities.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.


  • Name: Margaret Shaikh
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  • Expiry: 28/02/2022