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Drop-In Summer Student

Boyle Street Community Services

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Despite great challenges we believe unhealthy cycles can be broken, new opportunities created and, through healing, health restored.”

Would you like to be a part of an organization that works with some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations and counts on the professionalism, expertise, insight, and passion of its staff to develop programs and services for the clients they work with? Join us at Boyle Street Community Services.

“We stand with our clients, side by side, patiently and for as long as they want – a constant and consistent caring force”

Boyle Street Community Services (BSCS) is a values-driven organization that believes our clients are the experts in their own lives. Your job will be to foster innovation with your team alongside our clients.  If your values are aligned with our values and beliefs listed at: http://boylestreet.org/who-we-are/mission-and-history/, please consider joining our team.

The hours of work at Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM from beginning of May to end of August.   Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree/diploma program in Arts/Science, Education, or Human Services. They must have been a full time student in the winter 2018 (January-April) semester and returning in the fall 2018 (September-December) semester as a full time student.

Job Purpose:

Boyle Street Community Services’ Drop-In is a place to engage with community members, volunteers and staff, as well as to connect to other services.

The purpose of the Drop-In Summer Student is to provide:

  • Members with a safe, peaceful, welcoming community-gathering place where activities, creativity and positive relationships are fostered.
  • Members with access to information, support and referrals to services within Boyle Street Community Services and external agencies
  • Drop-In community members with access to emergency resources and engage agency staff to enhance stability.


  • Identify and address immediate needs.
  • Develop relationships with community members, identifying strengths and working in a respectful way with a community that has faced trauma and social exclusion.
  • Create a welcoming environment that offers food, meaningful programming and cultural activities that facilitate wellbeing and support.
  • Record required data and complete daily activity logs.
  • Maintain a healthy environment by performing a variety of cleaning and housekeeping duties as required: sweepings and mopping floors, cleaning/clearing tables, washing dishes etc.
  • Monitor washrooms and hallways.
  • Engage and support volunteers in the daily operations of the Drop-In.
  • De-escalate tense interpersonal and group situations.
  • Participate in shift debriefings and team meetings.


Education: Enrolled in a degree/diploma program in Arts/Science, Education, or Human Services

Skills, Abilities and Attitudes:

  • Understands the challenges and stresses facing people who live in poverty.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal peoples and individuals from diverse cultures.
  • Treat people with respect and in a sensitive manner.
  • Knows how to problem-solve with people who face emotional and psychological challenges.
  • Able to handle multiple demands at the same time; exceptionally well organized.
  • Can de-escalate tense inter-personal and group situations.
  • Listens well, has a calm demeanor and knows how to solve practical problems.
  • Comfortable completing shift reports and doing some data entry.
  • Physically fit
  • Possess robust mental health and a commitment to self-care.
  • Criminal and Child and Youth Information system checks must be completed within the last 6 months by the successful applicant prior to work commencement

Boyle Street Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the communities we serve, and are committed to engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Boyle Street Community Services welcomes applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, New Canadian, differently-abled, and LGBTQ2S communities.

Closing Date: April 29, 2018

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to: hr@careersforcommunity.ca.  Please include Drop-In Summer Student in the Subject Line on the email.  Please state in your cover letter how you heard about the position.