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Position: Maintenance Worker
Organization: Canuck Place Children's Hospice
Location: Vancouver Hospice, with potential occasional work at Abbotsford Hospice

Reporting to: Manager, Facilities
Job status: Permanent, full-time 1.0 FTE (75 hours bi-weekly, possibility of working 9 day fortnight)

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.

HERE’S WHY IT’S SO GREAT TO WORK WITH US. Aside from being surrounded by a friendly, inclusive, dedicated team, Canuck Place offers employees up to 20 days’ vacation (pro-rated to their full-time equivalency), an 100% employer-paid benefits package, Municipal Pension Plan (MPP), a Health Spending account that provides up to $500 annually to provide additional coverage for health and wellness activities/services, informative lunch n’ learns, as well as various learning opportunities. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice also has a ‘Care For the Caregiver’ committee who provides ongoing, creative activities to connect us with one another as a reminder that it’s ‘this’ moment that really counts.


Reporting to the Facilities Manager or designate, performs routine maintenance and demand repairs in a variety disciplines related to buildings, grounds and equipment. Organizes vendors and/or performs preventative maintenance and repairs on assigned equipment or requisitions, oversees and inspects repairs performed by others.


  • Support volunteers, and/or corporate groups, ensuring adequate supplies, equipment and materials are available for a crew of up to 10 volunteers for various maintenance tasks such as installing Christmas lights, washing vehicles, pressure washing, painting porches, etc.
  • Ability to offer guidance, direction and support to volunteers and corporate groups working in the gardens and on other exterior projects. Able to prioritize tasks and assignments for volunteers to utilize their time most productively.
  • Occasional pressure washing and assisting grounds staff with fall leaf collection and other general grounds maintenance such as fence repair, outdoor furniture maintenance, etc.
  • Applying paint and other finishes by brush, roller, and/or spray. Remove and replace ceiling tiles, floor tiles, linoleum, carpet and other flooring finishes. Installing thresholds, baseboard and cove molding.
  • Repair and/or replace plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and faucets. Tracing leaks and changing out plumbing fixtures including shut off valves, supply and waste lines.
  • Perform light carpentry repairs on cupboards, shelves, furniture, walls, floors, ceilings and windows by applying materials such as dry wall, wood paneling, or other finishes.
  • Exterior repairs to shingles, doors, roofing gutters, steps, railings, fences, walls and portico areas as required.
  • Adjust or replace hinges, door closers, lock sets and hardware. Issue keys, fobs and credentials on access control system. Monitor and review incidents using CCTV system.
  • Performing trouble shooting and assist with the maintenance of equipment such as washers, dryers, vacuums, hospital beds, furniture and food service equipment as required.
  • Re-lamping light fixtures and retrofitting to LED bulbs or LED fixtures where possible.
  • Installing electrical items such as timers, switches, receptacles and ballasts. Tracing problem circuits; performing safety checks on electrical appliances for defects such as faulty wires and improper grounding.
  • Ability to trace, run, punch down and test network, telephone and coaxial cables.
  • Monthly inspections for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) to identify potential safety concerns and report inspections at meetings regarding any incidents or accidents.
  • Perform monthly generator test, ensure fuel is topped up, check critical fluids and inspect fittings, connections, gauges and transfer switch operation.
  • Liaise with vendors for services including HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Pest Control, Generator Service, Waste haulers, Painters, Security Service, Elevator Service, Fire Life Safety Contractor, Irrigation Company, Flooring Installer, Roofing Contractor and any others contractor as required. Identify needs, assist in procuring quotes, supervise and inspect installations and repairs.
  • Furniture moving, set-up and disassembly.
  • Store and retrieve files, seasonal lights, decorations and other seasonal item in prescribed storage areas.
  • Prep exterior fountains and water features for winter and recommission in spring
  • Responsible for the setup and teardown for tents, lighting, signage and electrical hook ups for events held onsite.
  • Other related responsibilities, as assigned.


  • Grade 12, plus 5 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Formal training in a related trade would be an asset.
  • Valid BC Driver’s license.
  • Ability to secure a vulnerable person criminal record check.


What you bring to the role:

  • Effective verbal and written English communication skills
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills
  • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment required for the position
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties related to the position including lifting and moving up to 50lbs including garden materials, bags of de-icer, portable tents, etc.
  • Ability to positively interact with our small facilities team, co-workers, volunteers, families and vendors
  • Good organizational skills; strong time management and ability to prioritize work
  • Flexibility surrounding schedules and the ability to quickly pivot work priorities
  • Familiar with the safe use of hand and power tools required to complete tasks.
  • Basic knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, irrigation systems and overall building systems.
  • Strong understanding of hydronic HVAC systems, including boiler, chiller, cooling tower and air handling units. Ability to change filters, control valves, adjust and/or change fan drive belts and motors.
  • Working knowledge of “Reliable Controls” HVAC DDC (Direct Digital Control) system would be an asset.

You have:

  • Exceptional emotional intelligence to be able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting, and when required, interact appropriately with coworkers, our patients and their families.
  • High integrity; creativity; balance, good judgment and objectivity. Inquisitive, enthusiastic, reliable and willing to learn.
  • Good time management skills – able to self direct work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing environment.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.


Please submit your cover letter and your resume at This posting will remain open until filled.

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We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 9 2021    ID: 61849