Recreation Therapist (Senior)

Come work as a Recreation Therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an experienced Recreation Therapist to join the team at Berkley Care Centre in North Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!

As a Recreation Therapist with VCH you will:

Work in a team based environment and ensures the provision of Recreation Therapy services in designated residential settings/programs focused on designated clients/residents, and coordinate and participates in quality improvement and risk management initiatives, meetings, research and education.
Provide Recreation Therapy assessments/interventions as required and provides leadership to designated students, a total staff of more than four (4) up to and including nine (9) non health science professionals, and volunteers.
Education & Experience

Baccalaureate in Therapeutic Recreation or Leisure Studies from an accredited university.
Two (2) years’ recent, related experience working with the designated population group, in the applicable program area/setting, including one (1) year’s experience supervising staff or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency First Aid.
Eligible for certification and CTRS credential with National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
Knowledge & Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of evidence-based Recreation Therapy practice related to applicable program health issues and treatment.
Comprehensive knowledge of theories and concepts of therapeutic recreation, leisure, social psychology and current trends and practice in designated areas.
Comprehensive knowledge of recreation therapy theory and practice within a client/resident and family centred model of care.
Comprehensive knowledge of organizing therapeutic recreation services including the development of a written plan or operation.
Comprehensive knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client/resident care.
Broad knowledge of research process and methodology.
Demonstrated ability to function as a team member, leader, and facilitator.
Demonstrated ability to teach clients/residents and co-workers both one-on-one and in groups.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, other health care staff, clients/residents and their families, both one-on-one and in groups.
Demonstrated ability to integrate Recreation Therapy concepts and theories in a variety of settings.
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.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Skill in the use of equipment, and in techniques appropriate to the treatment of clients/residents with a rehabilitation/degenerative disease or disability and/or mental health issue.
Documented involvement as a research investigator and/or published researcher.
Basic computer literacy.
Closing Statement
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 our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2023.

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


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  • Expiry: 31/08/2023