Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:Bilingual HIV Test Counselor
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:4 hours per week for a year; occasional special outreach events; flexible schedule
Location:
Boulder and Longmont BCPH offices
Program Summary:

Program Summary:
Staff provides confidential or anonymous testing, counseling, and education to individuals in both outreach and clinic-based settings. Staff helps clients to develop their own risk reduction programs for sexual health. The HIV/STI Outreach Program operates the Works Program, a syringe access program for injecting drug users.

Description of Work:
The volunteer will participate in a two-day HIV test counselor training provided by BCPH and additional trainings, as necessary. The volunteer will work as a team member with HIV/STI Outreach Program staff to provide HIV counseling and testing in a clinic setting.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides HIV antibody counseling and testing.
• Provides health education, risk reduction counseling, appropriate assessment, and referrals.
• Participates in occasional outreach events, including National HIV Testing Day, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, and other events.
• Maintains confidential client files.
• Assists the lead clinic technician in maintaining adequate clinic supplies and ensuring that testing clinics are kept at the highest standards.
Qualifications and Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• This position requires an English-Spanish speaking/writing person.
• General knowledge regarding HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections.
• Ability to be non-judgmental regarding clients’ lifestyles.
• Ability to discuss sexually explicit and injection drug information in a professional manner.
• Ability to work effectively with others as a team.
• Ability to maintain client and program confidentiality.
• Ability to interview skillfully.

Special Requirements:
• Must have reliable transportation readily available to travel among multiple Boulder County sites.
• Must also have minimum liability insurance, as required by the State of Colorado; a valid driver’s license; and a driving record in good standing.
• Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation.  Some immunizations and/or TB tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH), and volunteer must comply with these requirements prior to start date.
• Universal precautions and TB training will be provided by the BCPH employee infection control nurse before the volunteer may begin.

Application or Registration Deadline:
Application Process:
Training Dates and Information:

Training and Orientation:
• The program coordinator and lead clinic technician will provide training and orientation about the program and position.
• The volunteer will participate in a two-day HIV test counselor training and other trainings, as needed.

Supervision:
The lead clinic technician and the program coordinator will provide training and supervision.

Additional Information:
Benefits Gained:
• Become trained and gain experience as an HIV test counselor.
• Access to additional trainings for HIV test counselors through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
• Opportunity to practice counseling skills for social worker, nurse, psychologist, or any other helping professional/student.
• Gain an understanding of the role of public health in the community.
• Flexible work schedule.
Contact:
BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3450 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone:  303-441-1163
Email:  healthvs@bouldercounty.org

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All volunteers need to review Boulder County's Multicultural Diversity and Harassment Policies before starting their volunteer assignment.

If you need special assistance to fill out a volunteer application, please contact our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at 303-441-3525.

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