Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture – Osoyoos
Summer Student Job Posting

Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture is currently accepting applications for a summer student position, effective immediately.

We are a busy acupuncture clinic with two locations, in Keremeos and Osoyoos BC. We are a social business dedicated to providing affordable, accessible acupuncture, herbs, and other holistic therapies.
This posting is for the Osoyoos location, where we are conveniently located on Main Street. This is our newest location, having opened May 1, 2018. At our Osoyoos location, in addition to acupuncture, we also offer a retail store with herbal and other health related products. We also have a few other holistic practitioners working in the space.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Footnote 2 for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Priority will be given to youth from underrepresented groups (ie. students with disabilities, Indigenous students, LGBTQ+ students, students who are members of a visible minority and students who are new immigrants/refugees)


  • Assisting practitioners, patients, customers and any visitors to the clinic
  • Assisting with day-to-day operations of the clinic. Ie sales, customer service, booking appointments, basic administrative duties, cleaning and tidying, other duties as needed

Qualifications & Experience:

  • The successful candidate must be responsible, reliable, open-minded, warm and compassionate. This position involves assisting people of all ages and from all walks of life with various physical, mental and emotional needs. The student must be able to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, respect and professionalism in a service provision role
  • The successful candidate must be a good communicator, be able to maintain healthy boundaries, and have their own support system in place
  • Experience in customer service, sales, and client support are all assets
  • We will consider applications from students of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, students in other fields related to health and community care, and any student with a serious and demonstrated interest in health and community care
  • For acupuncture and TCM students: Priority will be given to a student who has completed sufficient education and practicum hours to be capable of handling various aspects of the clinic both independently and under direct guidance and supervision. This includes treating patients, charting, booking appointments, assisting with other basic administrative duties, and helping maintain day-to-day operations of the clinic. The acupuncture clinic primarily offers community acupuncture, so students must be experiential in, or open and able to learn and incorporate, distal needling techniques like Tan and Tung style acupuncture

Employment Details:

  • This would be a job placement and agreement fully independent of any school
  • The student must be in full time studies now and returning to full time studies in the fall
  • The pay would be consistent with current BC minimum wage rates (though for acupuncture / TCM students a percentage of patient payments could be negotiated, if applicable)
  • The position will be for a minimum of 30 hours and up to 40 hours per week, for a minimum of 6 weeks and up to 16 weeks, to be completed by September 1, 2018
  • Acupuncture / TCM student practitioners would be eligible for coverage under my insurance at no cost to them
  • Applicants from outside of Osoyoos would be responsible for their own room and board and must have a reliable vehicle

Please note Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture also accepts applications for volunteers year-round. This is suitable for anyone seeking direct experience specifically in the fields of acupuncture, community acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbal medicine, or for anyone who is generally interested in being involved with and supporting community-based holistic health care.

Please direct queries and applications to:

Laurel Irons R.Ac.
Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture
Keremeos: 623 7th Ave
Osoyoos: 8521 Main St
Mail: PO Box 444, Keremeos BC V0X 1NO
Phone / text: 250.499.1905
Toll Free: 1.877.649.2499


Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture is currently accepting applications for Volunteer positions in Osoyoos. At this time, there is also practitioner space available for holistic health practitioners in Keremeos and Osoyoos who would be a good fit with our offerings. Please see postings below for more info.

Practitioner Space Available in Osoyoos


  • Multi-room, multi-disciplinary holistic health clinic
  • Fully enclosed treatment room suitable for private consultations and therapies
  • Or, larger open room suitable for groups, workshops, classes
  • Retail opportunities may also be available


  • Main Street, Osoyoos BC
  • Location and room details provided upon request


  • Available May, 2018
  • Full or part time rental
  • Daily, weekly or monthly rental
  • Long term, or one-offs (ie workshops, classes, special events)


  • We are seeking compatible, licensed and insured health practitioners who support accessible, integrative holistic health for individuals and communities
  • Leaseholder is an established Registered Acupuncturist with her own practice
  • Also share space with established Registered Massage Therapist with her own practice


  • Simply rent space, or join our team 
  • You are responsible for your own promotion, bookings, professional insurance, etc

For more information: Laurel Irons at 250.499.1905 or similkameen.acu@gmail.com



Volunteer Posting – Keremeos & Osoyoos

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


*This position is currently filled*

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