Job Title: Certified Dental Assistant
Program: Dental Clinic
Location: 455 East Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5
Status: Permanent Full or Part Time
Wages: $25–33.00/hour + benefits*
Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00–4:00 + 1 Saturday per month

Positions Available: 2 Full Time or 4 Part Time
Benefits available for employees working 20+ hours/week


Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (VAHS) is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. We have provided a variety of health and social services since 1991 with a mission to improve and promote the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of individuals, with a focus on the urban Indigenous community in Metro Vancouver.

We are currently seeking Certified Dental Assistants to join the VAHS Dental Clinic team.


The Certified Dental Assistant provides clinical and administrative assistance with a team that delivers primary dental health care to the patients of the VAHS Dental Clinic. This position provides assistance to professional dental staff and performs Dental Assistant duties such as setting up instruments and supplies and performing procedures during dental treatment and surgery.


This position reports directly to the Dental Program Director. Staff evaluations will be performed by the Director annually each April.



  • Preparation of treatment/clinical area.

  • Assist dentists with all aspects of dentistry performed.

  • Expose/process/mount dental radiographs.

  • Preparation of restorative materials as necessary.

  • Clean, sterilize, and maintain instruments and equipment.

  • Monitor, replenish, and store dental supplies in appropriate location.

  • Perform prophylaxis and fluoride as required.

  • Ensure completeness and accuracy of health records.

  • Ensure practice standards are being met with respect to infection control.

  • Patient education on oral health.

  • Record patient data on patient charts as directed by dentist.


  • Triage of patients as they arrive.

  • Gather information from patients (expectations, insurance).

  • Manage patient accounts, dental claims, etc.

  • Manage patient inquiries and concerns.

  • Maintain clinic statistics.

  • Recruit and schedule volunteers to meet clinic needs.

  • Interface with the UBC School of Dentistry to organize student clinics.

  • Train staff and volunteers.


  • Valid certification as a Dental Assistant. New graduates are welcome.

  • Additional certification or training is an asset.

  • Proven experience as a Dental Assistant.

  • Strong ability to speak, write, and understand English.

  • Knowledge of dental instruments and sterilization methods.

  • Understanding of health & safety regulations.

  • Ability to perform regulated non-surgical tasks, such as coronal polishing, is an asset.

  • Good computer skills.

  • Excellent communication and people skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Well-organized and reliable.


  • Competitive market salary ($25–33.00 CAD/hour, based on experience).
  • Annual salary raises on Apr 1.
  • Extended health benefits available after 3 months if working 20+ hours/week.

We encourage all qualified people to apply. Pursuant to section 41 of the Human Rights Code, qualified Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous) applicants are preferred for this position.

This is a unionized position included in the upcoming BCGEU Collective Agreement. The information in this posting may be subject to change, consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.


Please email your current resume with cover letter to: [email protected]
ATTN: Lex Vides
Subject Line: Dental Assistant Application

This posting is open until all positions are filled. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.