JOB: OPS Drug Screener


Job Title Overdose Prevention Site Drug Screener
Supervisor Part time Temporary staff member (TBD)
Type of Position Part time (5-15 hours/week), 3 month contract (June 24, 2019 to September 1st, 2019

Schedule : (TBD)

Hourly Salary $18.00/hr



Head & Hands envisions a society where all youth are participants and are inspired by the endless possibilities available to them. Our mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well being. Our approach is preventative, non-judgmental, and holistic with a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. We facilitate social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within our community and society at large.

About Head & Hands and the Overdose Prevention Site

Since 1970, Head & Hands has been helping youth harness their potential to create healthy, vibrant, and caring communities.  We envision a society in which all young people are full participants, inspired by the endless possibilities available to them.

The Head & Hands Overdose Prevention Site (HHOPS) is free for people of all ages. The overdose prevention site is equipped with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who provide drug testing, supervised consumption, harm reduction education, gear distribution, and referrals. We support people in managing their use in the safest way possible.

The aim of the HHOPS is to maintain the community’s well-being by promoting access to health for all, by making available harm reduction information and/or advice and referrals.  


About the Overdose Prevention Site (HHOPS) Drug Screener position

The Head & Hands Overdose Prevention Site will offer five services :

  • Supervised Consumption
  • Gear Distribution (Needle Exchange)
  • Drug Testing
  • Harm Reduction Training (Safer consumption, Naloxone Use, How to use Fentanyl Strips)
  • Information & Referrals

Drug Testing : The HHOPS Drug Screener will be primarily responsible for testing drugs that participants bring to the site for, whether for later or for immediate consumption on-site. As part of their role, the HHOPS Drug Screener may also demonstrate effective drug testing methods to clients as needed, and engage in other popular education with HHOPS staff. There is a mandatory training period Wednesday  – Saturday 3 PM – 10 PM in the final week of June.


Requirements & Assets


  • Bilingual French & English
  • A commitment to harm reduction and anti-oppression
  • Attention to detail
  • Open Mindedness
  • Strong people skills (empathy, conversation)
  • Lived experience of drug use (yours or that of someone close to you)
  • Strong sense of teamwork


  • Experience in working with youth
  • Knowledge regarding youth’s health needs and challenges
  • Strong active listening skills
  • Experience working with marginalized communities
  • Experience in working in a team
  • Experience in working in non-profit sector


Application Process

Please apply by submitting your C.V and cover letter to, and including “Attn: Drug Screener” in the subject line. Applications can also be submitted by fax at 514-481-2336, or in person at 3465 Benny ave. Guidelines for preparing your CV and cover letter are available on our website, no incomplete applications will be accepted.

As an organization that works to facilitate social change and the empowerment of diverse communities of youth, Head & Hands recognizes that experiencing marginalization and oppression often brings both challenges and valuable skills and perspectives.

We recognize that these skills are often undervalued and unacknowledged in professional settings, despite being highly transferable to the work we do. If you have questions about representing non-traditional skills and experience within your application, please get in touch for support in framing what you have to offer in a way that’s identifiable within the Qualifications and Assets described above.

Indigenous folks, people of colour, people with disabilities, women, two-spirited and queer people, trans and non-binary folks, and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and to self-identify in your cover letter. We are committed to a creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

Applications are due at 10:00 am on Monday June 17th.  All candidates will be sent a confirmation that their application was received, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further.