Overdose Prevention & Response Outreach Worker - Downtown Project

Full Time
Edmonton, AB
Posted Today
Job description

JOB TITLE: Overdose Prevention and Response Outreach Worker – Downtown Project

REPORTS TO: Overdose Prevention and Response Supervisor

SALARY: $19.55 – $24.63/hour

HOURS: Up to 40 hours per week (Seeking full-time and casual positions)

Temporary until June 1 – Sept 30, 2022

Monday – Friday 10am-6pm

“Despite great challenges we believe unhealthy cycles can be broken, new opportunities created and, through healing, health restored.”

Would you like to be a part of an organization that works with some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations and counts on the professionalism, expertise, insight, and passion of its staff to develop programs and services for the clients they work with? Join us at Boyle Street Community Services.

“We stand with our clients, side by side, patiently and for as long as they want – a constant and consistent caring force”

Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is a values-driven organization that believes our clients are the experts in their own life. Your job will be to foster innovation with your team alongside our clients. If your values are aligned with our values and beliefs listed at: http://boylestreet.org/who-we-are/mission-and-history/, please consider joining our team.

Job Purpose:

The Outreach Worker provides support, education and help ensure the safety of individuals who are found in precarious positions in the downtown core. The staff also work with businesses, security departments and the general public to mentor best practices for interactions with the community, providing overdose response and naloxone training. There will be teams consisting of a nurse and outreach worker.

With the support of a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse or paramedic, the Outreach Worker will to deliver harm reduction supplies, education and support on safer drug use, prevention of drug poisoning and take home naloxone distribution, sexual health and provide referrals to other health & social services. The team will respond to drug poisonings as necessary.

This job is physically demanding with many hours of walking per day.


  • Assists medical staff with overdose and other medical emergencies at the direction of the medical staff, including the administration of naloxone as required.
  • Seeks out opportunities to provide peer-to-peer counselling, treatment options and referrals.
  • Provides overdose prevention education, encourages individuals to partake in take home naloxone (THN) training, completes THN training and distributes kits as required.
  • Provides education and counselling on safer substance use, sexual health and other high-risk behaviors.
  • Ensure that COVID-19 infection control standards are maintained.
  • Works with businesses and their staff to teach and mentor good ways of interacting with the community members and teach drug poisoning response including naloxone administration.
  • Maintains stats through a digital system
  • Performs other related duties, as required



  • Must have current BLS certification

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Able to work non-judgmentally with people who may be using substances within a Harm Reduction/ Treatment- Oriented framework
  • Knowledge, experience or willingness to learn of substance use and culture, overdose prevention, sex trade, STIs and blood borne pathogens, and inner city life
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in an Indigenous cultural context
  • Familiarity with local community resources (e.g. substance use, social services, justice)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting and in partnership with other organizations and businesses, with a solutions orientation
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm and non-judgmental attitude
  • Self-directed
  • Ability to be politically astute and non-confrontational


  • Lived experience of marginalization, substance use, discrimination is preferred
  • Experience working with marginalized communities is an asset

To Apply:
*These positions need to be filled asap*

Please include Overdose Prevention and Response Outreach Worker – Downtown Project in the Subject Line of the email. In the cover letter please state how you heard about this position.

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently abled, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities.

Clients, staff and partners are vital members of the Boyle Street team, so we place emphasis on making sure that we address each other correctly. Pronouns are an important part of how we speak about people.

Pronouns might be:




And other pronouns to properly address and refer to people in our face-to-face interactions, in verbal introductions, as well as in writing on name tags, email signatures and ID badges. We invite you to let us know how to properly refer to you and your pronouns as you explore finding a professional home with us.

The health and safety of our staff and community members is very important to us. Boyle Street Community Services strongly encourages all staff who are able to obtain full COVID-19 vaccination status, as defined by Alberta Health Services. Employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 may be subject to regular testing requirements at personal expense. Full vaccination may be a requirement for certain positions due to role, site or partnership requirements.

Job Type: Fixed term contract
Contract length: 3 months

Salary: $19.55 per hour


  • 8 hour shift

Application question(s):

  • Do you know of the Programs, Services & Values of Boyle Street?


  • familiarity with local community resources: 1 year (required)
  • Harm Reduction Principles: 1 year (required)


  • Criminal Record Check (required)
  • Child & Youth Intervention Check (required)

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