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Company Name:
HIV Community Link
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:

Primary Care/Advanced Care Paramedic

We are seeking a Primary Care  and Advanced Care Paramedics who will provide public health interventions within a harm reduction model at a supervised consumption mobile site. The Primary Care/Advance Care Paramedics will work within their full scope of practice alongside a Registered Nurse and Outreach Workers. The role includes delivery of harm reduction services, supervised consumption interventions and education (including overdose management), take home naloxone distribution, sexual health and other health education and support, comprehensive physical and mental health assessments and referrals to other health & social services. Other duties may include distribution of harm reduction and basic wound care. 

There are full-time, part-time and casual positions available. The ability to work evenings and weekends is required. Hours of work are averaged over a 16 (sixteen) week rotation as follows:

  • Full-time positions work 5 days on, 3 days off averaging 35 hours over the 16 week period.
  • Part-time positions work 3 days on 5 days off averaging 21 hours over the 16 week period.
  • Casual positions are scheduled hours of work on an as needed basis to provide coverage.

A criminal security check, including vulnerable sector search, is required.

Key Accountabilities

Clinical Intervention

  • Provide support and interventions for supervised consumption services including overdose management (e.g. Naloxone, oxygen, ventilation), prevention and education to clients
  • Initiate emergency response as needed for those accessing supervised consumption services
  • Vein care education and intervention
  • Provide basic wound assessment and treatment
  • Maintain records in accordance with established policies/procedures, prepare statistical data, correspondence reports and other documentation, as required
  • Provide health and social assessments and/or referrals to other agencies
  • Maintain and advance clinical competence as per the standards of practice of the Alberta College of Paramedics

Health Promotion, Education and Distribution of Harm Reduction Supplies


  • Distribution of consumption and safer sex supplies
  • Distribution of take home naloxone kits
  • Provide evidenced based health education and promotion of safer sex and substance use, take home naloxone and overdose response
  • Provide opportunistic and planned individual & group health education/promotion information to target populations
  • Participate in quality improvement and risk management activities by identifying and reporting high risk situations and/or care issues, evaluating effect of changes in care provision, making recommendations for alternative approaches to care provision and collecting applicable data
  • Prepare & deliver harm reduction presentations to local & provincial organizations by request
  • Participate in relevant harm reduction learning opportunities and disseminate new information to team members

Operation of mobile unit

  • Main driver of mobile Supervised Consumption Services unit between site locations and bus barn
  • Additional driving of unit to maintenance appointments as required

Qualifications/ Key Competencies

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
  • Good standing with Alberta College of Paramedics
  • Current CPR certification
  • Experience with client centered counselling and education, particularly with people who use drugs and alcohol
  • Direct experience working with people who use drugs and/or people living with HIV/HCV
  • Direct experience working with diverse populations
  • Experience in STBBI prevention, treatment, and education
  • Recent experience in public health and/or addictions and harm reduction and/or emergency health services considered a significant asset
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and make independent decisions
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of harm reduction  and trauma informed practice
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of addiction, mental health, HIV and hepatitis C
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Class 4 driver’s license with a clean driving abstract
  • 3+ years demonstrable insured experience operating a vehicle over 4,500kg

Salary and Benefits

HIV Community Link Society offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Details

The deadline for applications is January 11th, 2019. Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectation to [email protected] quoting job reference HIVCL-108 in the subject line.

You must be eligible to work in Alberta and available for in-person interviews.  No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.