We're Hiring: Social Services and Event Support Worker - Summer Student - Courtenay

Applicants should submit resumes and cover letters to jobs@avi.org by 5:00pm on Monday, June 18, 2018

Wage: $15.00 /hour

Hours of Work: 30 hours a week (Monday through Friday)

Work Location: AVI Courtenay/Comox, 355 6th St, Courtenay 

Start Date:   July 3, 2018  

End Date:   August 31, 2018 


The student will work within AIDS Vancouver Island, a community based not-for-profit organisation offering services to more than 150 clients including those living with a disability (HIV and hepatitis C), many of whom experience structural vulnerability.  The Social Service and Event Support Worker will provide direct care services within a number of AVI’s programs- Positive Wellness, Harm Reduction, and education.


  • Supporting the daily health and wellness drop-in;
  • Providing advocacy and assistance to clients in completing disability and housing applications;
  • Organising appointments for clients and liaising with other health and social service organisations;
  • Assisting with the organising of events such as, World Hepatitis Day, International Overdose  Awareness Day and HIV and hepatitis testing events;
  • Providing coverage on the AVI reception desk;
  • Distributing harm reduction supplies;
  • Developing health specific resources for clients;
  • Assist with administrative duties such as organize e-mail lists, produce posters, filing and office organization.


  • As this program is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, the successful candidate must be between the ages of 15 and 30 and intending to return to full-time studies in the fall. The applicant must be able to work 30hrs/week for the duration of the contract.
  • Student in the field of social services, social sciences, or humanities
  • Ability to utilize a variety of communication skills; verbal, written, electronic
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer software such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Ability to provide compassionate, supportive care to a diverse group of service users;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues surrounding communicable disease, substance use, mental health, poverty, homophobia, and stigma
  • Demonstrated understanding of health promotion, harm reduction, and social justice models of social and health care
  • Experience working in community based organizations
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Understanding and knowledge of the social, emotional, and physical impact of living with HIV and hepatitis C
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local and provincial resources and programs, including financial aid systems, housing, and medical support