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FTIR Spectrometer Technician and Education Coordinator for Lift Community Services


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Position:FTIR Spectrometer Technician and Education Coordinator
Employer:Lift Community Services
Sector:Social Assistance
Closing Date:2023-Jun-06
Salary or Wage:$ 26.60 per hour
Full or Part Time:Full Time
Location:Powell River, BC
Start Date:ASAP
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- Driver’s licence and vehicle required.
- A bachelors degree and one (1) to three (3) years’ recent, related experience in harm reduction working with people who use drugs and/or other marginalized populations or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Knowledge and awareness of harm reduction issues and practices.
- Demonstrated ability to remain neutral, non-judgmental and professional when interacting with and supporting marginalized client populations.
- Demonstrated understanding of the confidentiality and sensitivity of the role.
- Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment and the ability to learn new technologies.
- Computer literacy including experience in Microsoft Office suite and database applications.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Excellent ability to work and learn independently with minimal supervision and collaborate in a larger team.
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients and stakeholders, including strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Spectrometer Technician is responsible for performing point-of-care drug checking in designated areas within qathet Region using Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and immunoassay strips. The technician communicates back the results of point-of-care drug checks to service users in a meaningful and respectful way and positively interacts with service users and site staff and shares harm reduction information as needed. The technician meticulously tracks data in an electronic data capture system and facilitates the proper storage and transportation of samples to laboratories for additional analysis.

The Spectrometer Technician is also responsible for planning and implementing day-to-day operations for the drug checking program in collaboration with stakeholders, including Tla’amin Nation, Vancouver Coastal Health, the BC Centre on Substance Use, people with lived experience of substance use, among others. This role works in collaboration with the wider team at the Overdose Prevention Site, Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment Clinic and Lift Community Services.

Additional Details

Questions? Contact Kathryn at

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