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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 one posting in the Child, Youth and Family services.

Youth and Family Counsellor – May 2021

NARSF Programs has an opening for a full time Youth and Family Counsellor (YFC) in its Living In Families with Teens (LIFT) Program. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated ability to engage with parents/caregivers, presents a calm, nonreactive approach in practice while staying neutral in emotionally intense systems and working constructively and cooperatively within a team setting.  Relevant undergraduate degree with minimum 3 years’ experience working with youth and families in a counselling or other helping capacity.  NARSF Programs welcomes all qualified individuals to apply.

The Role 

Provides counselling to parents and teens in conflict. Counsellors support and assist parents in their role as caregivers with the goal of promoting parental capacity and maintaining the integrity of the family. The role entails assisting and supporting youth’s capacity to remain connected to their family/caregiver system. The YFC will establish supportive and trusting relationships that reduce risk, promote positive choices for a healthier lifestyle, and strengthen youths’ connection, and attachment to family and community. General responsibilities will require the individual to possess strong interpersonal skills, a well-rounded knowledge base of parent-teen issues, proven skills at reconciling family conflicts and a mature, independent, resourceful approach to work. Flexible hours are required for this position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide counselling to youth and their families with the goal of preventing family breakdowns and supporting safer living and improved stability for youth at risk.
  • Assess, plan, and deliver interventions for referred youth, and their family as related to presenting needs and circumstances.
  • Maintain regular contact and availability to each referred youth and family.
  • Prioritize needs of referred youth and families and plan interventions such as;
    • advocacy
    • youth\family support and crisis intervention
    • referral to other sources
    • discharge and follow-up
  • Provide effective verbal and written reports as required and maintain accurate records and statistics as required.
  • Liaise with and advocate for the youth and family’s best interest with other involved professionals and programs.


  1. A., B.S.W. or Child and Youth Degree or a combination of experience and education with the permission of the Director.
  2. Knowledge of adolescent development, relevant risk factors for youth, family systems, life skills and social determinants of health.
  3. Familiarity with community resources, and ability to work in an integrated capacity with youth and families and complementary resources.
  4. Knowledge of the Child, Family and Community Services Act, BC Benefits Act, Young Offenders Act, and other acts as they apply to youth service.          
  5. A criminal record check that passes the Criminal Records Review Act is mandatory


  • 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.


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.