Volunteer Opportunity

Syringe Access Volunteer – Longmont

Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Public Health
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date: Nine Months, with a minimum of 6 hours per week. Must be at least 21 years old to apply.
Location:

515 Coffman Street, Longmont

Program Summary:

Works Program staff and volunteer peer educators provide outreach, education, and syringe exchange services to reduce HIV and viral hepatitis transmission among drug users who inject, as well as their partners.

The volunteer will work as a team member with Works Program staff to provide syringe access at the Longmont BCPH site.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provides syringe access services and harm reduction education to clients in the Works Program.
• Maintains client confidentiality.
• Assists program staff in maintaining adequate program supplies and ensuring that supplies are organized.
• May assist with data entry and other projects.
• May assist in overdose prevention training.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Experience:
• Previous experience working with marginalized populations is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• General knowledge regarding harm reduction, safe injection, HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections.
• Ability to be non-judgmental regarding client lifestyles; willingness to work with a diverse population.
• Ability to discuss safe injection practices and drug information in a professional manner.
• Ability to work with limited supervision.
• Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team.
• Ability and commitment to ensure that client and program confidentiality is maintained.
Special Requirements:
• Must have access to reliable transportation that is readily available for travel between the Boulder and Longmont sites.
• Must be able to work primarily at the Longmont site.
• Must submit immunization history form and immunization documentation. Some immunizations and/or tuberculosis (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.
• Must be able to commit to a minimum of nine months of volunteering.

Training Dates and Information:

Training and Orientation:
• The program coordinator and lead clinic technician will provide training and orientation about the Works Program and the volunteer position.
• The volunteer can 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:
• Actively support harm reduction and syringe access programming through the provision of volunteer service.
• 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

Application Process:

Submit an application online.