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NARSF Programs Employment Postings

Employment postings will be updated as they become available. Please complete the employment application form, and send it along with your resume and cover letter by email or in writing to:

Director of Services, NARSF Programs LTD.
201-170 Wallace Street
Nanaimo BC
V9R 5B1

Employment Application Form – Word
Employment Application Form – PDF

Feel free to apply anytime – we’re always looking for great people to join our team.  Please apply again if a new posting is listed and you would like your application to be considered at that time.

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Child, Youth and Family (Nanaimo)

There is currently one posting in the Child, Youth and Family services.

DVRP Therapist  

NARSF Programs has an opening for a Part Time Therapist in the Domestic Violence Response Program (DVRP). The ideal candidate has a demonstrated ability to engage with men, present in a calm, nonreactive manner in practice while staying neutral in emotionally intense systems and working constructively and cooperatively within a team setting.  Relevant graduate degree with 3 years experience working with men to prevent intimate partner violence/domestic violence.  NARSF Programs welcomes all qualified individuals to apply.

The Role 

The DVRP is part of the continuum of services and responses in place in Nanaimo and the surrounding communities for families affected by domestic violence.  DVRP delivers support and safety accountability planning for men who accept an “Invitation to Responsibility” (Jenkins, 1990) for their use of abuse and violence, as part of a safer family and community response to domestic violence. The goal of the DVRP is to provide a responsive service/intervention (quick access to intake following presenting crisis) for referred men following a domestic violence incident. DVRP provides a combination of responsive individual counselling support, safety planning and access to group sessions. The program is designed to facilitate personal growth, support and responsibility for men’s behaviour.    

The service will provide over the phone initial consultation to determine the man’s intent to take responsibility and provide interim support until such time as the man is able to gain access to group sessions or other relevant community resources. A brief follow up evaluation session will be undertaken to evaluate personal gains and outline future safety practices that prevent future domestic violent situations.

Key Responsibilities (abbreviated from DVRP Job Description)

Intake, Screening and Assessment

  • Provide quick response (weekday mornings) to calls retrieved from the NARSF message center
  • Initiate “Invitation to Responsibility” screening tool to assess appropriateness for referral to DVRP group      offering

Support and Safety Planning 

  • Provide support for up to six sessions prior to group start to assist with planning surrounding and integration with daily living

Waitlist Management

  • Maintain waitlist into the program, once program meets capacity

Referral and Linkage:

  • Provide referral and linkage to group offering and other community resources as appropriate
  • Share (with consent) information to facilitate integration of services or to provide updated information on emergent or ongoing issues with relevant partners
  • Plan for contingencies by addressing future needs of the individual to ensure relevant exchange of information for safety and family reintegration, when indicated

Group Offerings

  • As assigned, facilitate domestic violence intervention group offerings (program capacity dependent) and/or co-facilitate groups approximately 4-6 hours/week (during evenings for select groupings).

Discharge and Follow up

  • Undertake discharge meeting with the individual to provide the client with an opportunity to reflect upon his learning from the various program component


A., M.Ed. M.S.W. or Ph.D or a combination of experience and education.

B. Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency of: domestic violence antecedents, theory and evidence based practice applications; education and experience in theory/analysis with respect to violence against women; education and experience in the therapeutic underpinnings for facilitating change in domestic violence processes and work with offenders; knowledge of risk assessment and interventions to enhance safety, knowledge and experience of the impact of substance use and trauma as it impacts domestic violence; understanding and familiarity with cross cultural and diversity issues as it impacts domestic violence. 

C. Familiarity with community resources, and ability to work in an integrated capacity with referred families and complementary resources. Knowledge of the Child, Family and Community Services Act, Freedom of information and Protection of Privacy Act, Infant Act and Youth Criminal Justice Act and other acts as they apply. Understanding of court (criminal and civil) processes related to domestic violence.

D. A criminal record check that passes the Criminal Records Review Act.


  • Adaptable in the pursuit of a common good
  • A sense of humor


NARSF offers a competitive salary and benefits package reflective of applicant experience and training.

Please send cover letter resume and application in confidence to: 

Director, NARSF Programs Ltd.
201-170 Wallace Street
Nanaimo BC
V9R 5B1


Central Vancouver Island Harm Reduction Services

There is currently one posting in Central Vancouver Island Harm Reduction Services (CVIHRS).  

Casual Community Health Nurse, NARSF Programs Ltd.

Health Matters!, a program under the NARSF Programs umbrella, has an opening for a Casual Community Health Nurse (CHN). This unique and challenging position is geared to a person with a calm disposition and solid theoretical foundation from their practice working in community. The CHN will demonstrate ability to develop mutually trusting and respectful relationships while adopting a collaborative learning approach working with all facets of the organization. The chosen candidate engages, connects, and delivers harm-reduction and nursing interventions to promote positive health and wellness among vulnerable populations living in Nanaimo.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and wage expectation when applying for this position. This position is subject to annualized funding being in place. Resumes will be received in strict confidence so indicate your preferred contact method. 

Job Summary

The CHN will provide a combination of testing, care, connection, coordination, and linkage functions to reduce the spread of HIV, viral hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) within an office and distributed community-site model. The CHN will promote healthier choices by building healthy boundaries and positive relationships with clients to enhance individual capacity to prevent transmission of infection while promoting safer sex and drug use practices that maximize access to harm reduction supplies.

The CHN’s related scope of practice includes nursing functions for front line primary health care services to clients in the form of immediate assessment, intervention and treatment in accordance with BCCDC guidelines, Communicable Disease Control Manual, Immunization Manual, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) HIV Guidelines, Provincial HIV PrEP Guidelines, and BC Point of Care (POC) HIV Testing Programs Guidelines, Narcan BCCDC guidelines and BCCNP.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Engages and supports community partners in the delivery of Health Matters! services that house or deliver services to vulnerable populations within the Nanaimo area proper. 
  • Works as part of a community – interdisciplinary health team to provide testing services to vulnerable/marginalized clients and communities who are at high-risk for HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and STI’s.
  • Treatment for STIs where possible, and referral to HIV, viral hepatitis and STI treatment and support services as required.
  • Provides counselling and support for access to primary care, safe housing, mental health, substance use, health and lifestyle related concerns and emergency care.
  • Provides harm reduction education, counselling and support from a nursing perspective on issues relating to STI and HIV/HCV within fixed, community-based, and non-traditional settings such as Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) gatherings, drop-in street locations and other meeting places as coverage permits.

Other Functions

  • Administers Point of Care, HIV/HCV/STI tests within clinical scope.
  • Distributes safer sex and safer drug use harm reduction supplies (case specific) as part of the nursing intervention.
  • Identifies the health issues, current substance use culture, needs, barriers and challenges for at-risk populations.
  • Works collaboratively in team settings to develop creative strategies to address work and client challenges.
  • Provides support to program projects, initiatives, and system changes.
  • Maintains public relations with community and Island Health staff by providing services that support and complement communicable disease screening and treatment.
  • Ensures the collection of client level data and ensures screening and treatment data is accurate and consistent.
  • Understands and implements health and safety practices that contribute to client and staff safety.
  • Attends staff meetings and training days as required.
  • Assumes other duties as directed.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Maintains current STI practice and treatment guidelines; able to communicate and implement approved harm reduction strategies in meaningful ways to clients.
  • Maintains mastery level understanding of harm reduction, addiction, mental health issues and the impact of poverty on health.
  • Models appropriate boundaries and pro-social behaviors consistent with NARSF Code of Ethics and the British Columbia College of Nursing Professional Standards on Ethical Practice.
  • Stays up to date on services and supports in designated Central Vancouver Island communities to make appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Knowledgeable and consistently implements NARSF Programs policies and procedures.
  • Is current in First Aid Certification Psychological First Aid and CPI Training.


  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing, from a recognized educational institution.
  • Registered Nurse with membership in BCCNP.
  • Experience working in community based public health nursing with a communicable disease component.
  • Knowledge and experience providing trauma informed care 
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with street involved population 
  • Completion BCCDC Courses: STI Course, HIV Pre and Post Test Counselling, HIV Partner Notification.
  • Vehicle for work purposes.
  • Valid criminal record check.

This position requires a person to undertake physical lifting up to 10 kg for periods at a stretch.