We're Hiring! Harm Reduction Worker (Casual) - Victoria

Job Summary:

The Harm Reduction Worker builds and maintains relationships with people who use drugs and who are experiencing other health and social issues such as poverty, homelessness, sex work, and living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. They will contribute to the operations of the Harm Reduction Drop-In through providing information and peer support, assisting with maintaining a safe and clean program space, and co-facilitating educational and psychosocial support programs.

Grid Level: Grid 8, $19.69/hour

Hours of Work: Casual/on-call. Daytime shifts are Monday-Friday, 10:30am-3pm. Evening shifts are 3-4 hours and vary: start as early as 2:45pm and go as late as 10:15pm, 7 days/week.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Greets people as they arrive to the AVI reception area
  2. Answers incoming phone calls
  3. Monitors program spaces for safety and assists with first aid response as necessary.
  4. Distributes safer drug use and safer sex supplies
  5. Provides harm reduction information and referrals for other services
  6. Offers peer support through active listening skills and non-judgmental attitude  
  7. Shares up-to-date information about local drug use trends and practices with coworkers and peers as they emerge
  8. Facilitates (or co-facilitates) weekly programming including Street School, Overdose Prevention and Response (including naloxone administration) and Women’s Space
  9. Attends regularly scheduled team meetings and individual supervision meetings
  10. Keeps records (statistics) about services provided
  11. Participates in ongoing job training at the Access Health Centre and in the community
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Have lived experience with drug use and related health and social conditions such as poverty, sex work, homelessness and/or other physical or mental health issues
  • Have a current knowledge of the local street scene and cultural norms related to street life
  • Peer support/education and/or leadership training preferred. For example, participation in AVI’s Street College Leadership Curriculum is an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a team environment
  • Comfortable approaching and initiating conversation with others and ability to build good rapport
  • Interest in learning and eager to educate peers with a non-judgmental attitude
  • Good communication skills including active listening
  • Basic group facilitation skills
  • Working understanding of the importance of confidentiality and boundaries
  • Dependable and able to show up for shifts agreed upon with supervisor
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of harm reduction, safer drug use, safer sex, sex work, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, mental health, etc.
  • Good working knowledge of local health and social services
  • Ability to follow direction, provide/receive feedback, and engage in proactive problem solving
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to harm reduction principles and practices
  • Ability to keep a ‘cool head’ when tense situations arise

Professional Registration or License:

Not required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to establish and maintain good rapport
  • Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others

We encourage applications from, but not limited to, indigenous persons, persons of colour, persons living with disabilities, persons who use/d illicit drugs, persons with experience of sex work, and persons representing diverse genders and sexualities.

Submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@avi.org OR drop off at the AVI reception desk at 713 Johnson St by 5:00pm on August 25th, 2017.