Volunteer Opportunity

INTERN: Harm Reduction Specialist

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Public Health
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: 12 hours/week, starting in January 2019; a minimum of 180 hours of service is desired

Boulder County Public Health offices in Boulder and Lafayette

Program Summary:

BCPH’s Works Program staff and volunteer peer educators provide outreach, education, and syringe exchange services to help reduce HIV and viral hepatitis transmission and overdose among people who inject substances and their partners. This intern position will help to provide coverage for Works Program syringe exchange services, including the delivery of services, accurate collection of data, data management, and data analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Uses REDCap and Microsoft Excel to provide data cleaning and management.
• Distributes safe injection supplies at one of three program sites (i.e. Boulder, Lafayette, and Longmont) to people who use drugs.
• Becomes certified as an HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) test counselor and will provide testing and counseling services for Works Program participants. The training will be provided at no cost by BCPH and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
• Assists in the coordination of care for program participants.
• Maintains participant confidentiality.
• Attends staff meetings, as required.
• Performs other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Education: Currently enrolled in a Masters of Public Health program, preferably at the Colorado School of Public Health.

• Must be culturally responsive with the ability to work with clients and community partners of various identities in an inclusive and nonjudgmental fashion.
• Familiarity with issues related to substance use, mental health, HIV, and hepatitis C.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• General knowledge of the principles of harm reduction.
• Ability to work well independently.
• Strong communication and writing skills.
• Use of strong collaboration and effective communication skills with the Works Program team.
• Commitment to advancing health equity in Boulder County.

Special Requirements:
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, and Word).
• Valid Colorado driver’s license in good standing; also current and adequate automobile insurance, as determined by Boulder County Risk Management.
• Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation. Some immunizations and/or tuberculosis (TB) tests may be required (at the expense of BCPH); the volunteer/intern must comply with these requirements prior to their start date.

Training Dates and Information:

Training, Experience, and Benefits Gained:
Initial training will be provided to the intern, including an introduction to BCPH and the Works Program, and an opportunity to shadow program staff providing syringe exchange services and conducting HIV/HCV testing. Ongoing training will also be provided based on the intern’s needs.
• NOTE: All masters’ level interns are strongly encouraged to meet with BCPH Health Communications and Health Planning staff for overviews of those programs.

The intern will be fully integrated into the BCPH Works Program and will develop a robust understanding of how a harm reduction program operates within a local health department setting. The intern will also make a meaningful, positive impact in the lives of people who use drugs and people living with HIV and/or HCV.

Additional Information:

Supervision: This position will be supervised by the Works Program epidemiologist. The intern and supervisor will meet biweekly (or more often, as needed).


BCPH Volunteer/Intern Services Program
3482 Broadway
Boulder CO 80304
Phone: 303-441-1163
Email: healthvs@bouldercounty.org

Application Process:

Submit an application online.