Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture is currently accepting applications for our Volunteer and Clinical Apprenticeship positions. Please see postings below for more info.

At this time, there is space for rent for holistic health practitioners who would be a good fit with our offerings. We are also interested in hearing from trusted community providers of housekeeping and handy-person services. Please contact Laurel at the numbers listed below.

Volunteer Posting

Do you have a calm and helpful demeanor? Do you have a basic knowledge of acupuncture and herbs, or do you want to learn? Would you like free acupuncture? Why not consider sharing your gifts as a clinic volunteer!

OSCA is a social business dedicated to providing affordable, accessible acupuncture, herbs, and other holistic therapies.

In order to maintain the lowest rates possible, Community Acupuncture clinics rely on volunteers to support the smooth and efficient delivery of our products and services.

We are currently seeking volunteers willing to commit to working 2 – 4 hour shifts. This could be once a week, once every 2 weeks, monthly, or on occasional / on call frequency. Morning, daytime or evening, weekday or weekend shifts are available to choose from.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Attending an initial orientation
  • Reading the volunteer guidelines and learning basic information about clinic therapies
  • Providing personal contact info, references and relevant work history to the clinic
  • Signing volunteer and confidentiality agreements
  • Reception duties – ie. greeting visitors, answering questions, answering the phone, new patient orientation, product sales
  • Administrative duties – ie. taking appointments, filing
  • Light housekeeping duties – ie. helping maintain a clean and tidy space, stocking toilet paper, filling water dispenser, making tea
  • Promotion and special events – ie. postering, staffing open houses and wellness events
  • Receiving regular FREE acupuncture treatments

Volunteers will be registered as members of the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) so that your efforts will support not only our clinic and community, but also the broader international community acupuncture movement. To learn about POCA visit www.pocacoop.com

SEEKING HERBAL / CLINICAL APPRENTICE

Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture & Holistic Health is now accepting applications for apprenticeship in the acupuncture clinic and herbal apothecary.

This position is ideal for a youth or adult seeking work experience with a focus in holistic health. Commitment is 4 – 8 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. The successful candidate will work closely with the practitioner to ensure smooth delivery of high quality products and services.

Responsibilities include assisting people coming in for appointments, answering clients’ and visitors’ questions, light housekeeping, helping to gather and make herbal medicines, and dispensing remedies under supervision. There is a study component and reading materials and case studies are provided. Shifts will mostly take place in the clinic during regular open hours, but may also include assisting at markets, workshops and wildcrafting outings as needed.

The successful candidate will receive ongoing training and experience in ethical and accessible complimentary health service provision, herbal studies, and the day-to-day operations of running a small business. They will also receive complimentary acupuncture and herbal treatment during the course of their mentorship.

To qualify for this position, applicants must be reliable and respectful, able to work well independently and under guidance, have a calm and helpful demeanor, and demonstrate a commitment to community and holistic health care.

To apply please send cover letter outlining why you are interested, what you would bring to the position, and any relevant experience to:

Laurel Irons, R.Ac.

Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture

Clinic location: 623 7th Ave, Keremeos BC | Mailing address: PO Box 444, Keremeos BC V0X 1N0

www.oksacupuncture.com | similkameen.acu@gmail.com

Cel: 604.719.2333 | Toll free: 1.877.649.2499

Testimonials from prior assistants:

My time volunteering for Laurel has been a beautiful growing and healing experience and opportunity for me. I was blessed to be able to learn and draw wisdom from an amazing woman and teacher. The year that I volunteered for her I learned so much – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I had the opportunity to go foraging, make honeys, teas, tinctures, salves, syrups, vinegars, do errands, and help around the clinic. I will truly miss my time spent each week and I am ever so grateful. I appreciate having Laurel as a big part of my life and healing journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, with so much love & respect.

~Karlee Lisafeld, volunteer

It was an honour to work for you, I learned so much from you and I hope to learn more about holistic health for myself and others. You are such an inspiration to me.

~Aija Otto, work experience student

My experience working with the OSCA as an apprentice was inspiring and fulfilling. The learning I shared with Laurel was continuously relevant and easy to apply to my personal practices outside of the clinic. This position is a gift to the community, an opportunity to gather an understanding of the wonderful resources from your local community, the land outside of your home.  Laurel was endlessly generous with her knowledge, and I consider my time spent with her at the OSCA a gift. 

~Nora Crete, apprentice