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Employment

Employment Opportunities

Together with over 100 staff, and more than 175 volunteers and 300 community partners, UNYA delivers 22 culturally-responsive, prevention-focused programs for urban Indigenous youth. We are always looking for talented, dynamic people to join our team. Please check back here often to view new opportunities.

Why work for UNYA?

  • We pay 40 hours per week for full-time, not 35 or 37.5
  • Full-time staff are eligible for extended health benefits
  • We are committed to team building
  • We have a 30 year history of successful youth service
  • We believe in empowering Indigenous youth
  • We encourage and support youth voice

Important Note: UNYA accepts complete applications for advertised positions only. You must state clearly on your cover letter which position you are applying for. All applications must be sent in electronic form, to the email address specified on the posting. Hard copies and unsolicited applications/resumes will not be reviewed, but immediately destroyed.

  • Employment Opportunity – Youth Care Counsellor – Aboriginal Youth Safehouse

    UNYA has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years. As a respected non- profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives, and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them. Young Bears Lodge is a culturally-based, holistic program for Indigenous youth ages 13-18 who are looking to make changes to their relationship with drugs or alcohol. Our live-in program is trauma-informed and grounded in Indigenous cultural teachings, ceremonies, and protocols, within a structured, substance-free environment.

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  • Employment Opportunity – Young Bears Lodge Youth Care Counsellor

    Young Bears Lodge (YBL) provides a five-bed, live-in, traditionally and culturally-based Tier 4 youth addictions treatment program for Indigenous youth aged 13 – 18

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  • Employment Opportunity – Fulltime Youth Care Counsellor 1 Year Maternity starting September 4, 2022

    Young Bears Lodge (YBL) provides a five-bed, live-in, traditionally and culturally-based Tier 4 youth addictions treatment program for Indigenous youth aged 13 – 18

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  • Employment Opportunity Family – Mediation Counsellor

    The Mediation Program’s goal is to help empower Indigenous youth aged 12-18 and their family members to make positive change in their lives by offering them the support, care and resources to do so.

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  • Employment Opportunity Youth Care Counsellor – Aboriginal Youth Safehouse (Overnight) 11pm-7am Sunday & Monday, 3pm-11pm Thursday, 12am-8am Friday & Saturday

    As members of the Aboriginal Youth Safehouse program the Youth Care Counsellors are responsible for supporting youth in identifying their individual needs and setting positive goals for the future.

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Volunteer

Volunteer Oppportunities

  • Volunteer Mentors – Mentorship Program

    The mandate of the Mentorship Program is to connect Indigenous youth ages 12 to 15 to volunteer mentors in the community. With the support of positive role-models, youth have the opportunity to realize their strengths and work towards future goals. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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  • Volunteer Mentors – Kinnections Program

    The goal of the Kinnections Program is to connect Indigenous youth ages 16 to 19 with volunteer community members who will act as mentor, advocate, and friend. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis

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