Casual Community Space Worker

Relief • Community Space


Are you a community worker looking to make an impact in your community? Do you have endless optimism, ready to move and change your community? Through the vision to eliminate poverty in our community and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. Our community comes from all walks of life and so do we.

Through our programs we work to empower people from meeting their own basic daily needs to having sustainable livelihoods, secure housing, and feeling hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. By joining Bissell Centre, you will become part of a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to realize our vision.

Currently, Bissell Centre is looking for an individual wanting to join the Community Space Team. Are you ready to be our Casual Community Space Worker and make an impact in our community?



The Community Support Worker works with adults, who are accessing the Community Space. The position is responsible for providing a safe and supportive environment that allows participants to access essential supports and basic needs services such as showers, laundry, clothing and meals.



Duties and Responsibilities

Program Delivery

  • Help to create a welcoming environment
  • Ensure that each station has sufficient materials to run: IE Shower items and laundry soap.
  • Monitor activities in the Community Space, provide de-escalating support as needed.
  • Provide individual support, crisis intervention and advocacy to community members as needed.
  • Assist Community Members to access basic needs services.
  • Provide information referrals to outside agencies as needed.
  • Provide information referrals to other Bissell departments as needed. This could include but is not limited to: housing, StartingPoint, Financial Empowerment and Mental Health.
  • Assist with overdose response and other medical emergencies as they arise.
  • Assist with other program activities and events as required.




  • Relevant employment experience
  • Diploma/ degree in Social Work or equivalent is an asset
  • Grade 12 High School Diploma
  • Ability to practice/ work from a harm reduction lens
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultural resources, ceremonies, and protocols is an asset.
  • Familiarity with issues of poverty, homelessness and Edmonton’s urban core.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Working Conditions

This position works closely with community participants who are experiencing complex life situations. As such, this position requires a calm and empathetic demeanor with the ability to de-escalate conflict and intense situations with clear and effective communication methods.

Some evening and weekend work is required.

Casual Role

Starting Wage $21.00-22.00 per hour

Screening Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Child Intervention Record Check

Training Requirements

  • Conflict into Calm Training
  • Naloxone Kit Training
  • WHMIS Training
  • First Aid & CPR/AED Training

The above-noted training must be completed during the first six months of employment or as agreed upon by the supervisor.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to:

Jen McDonald Robinson

Manager, Integrated Services

Email: jmcdonaldrobinson@bissellcentre.org

Application Deadline: June 20, 2022

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Bissell Centre continues to take action to protect person served and staff. Strategies related to Bissell Centre’s response to COVID-19 are driven by the guiding principle of taking all reasonable precautions and measures to protect the health and safety of both persons served and staff. In keeping with this intentional purpose, COVID-19 full vaccination is a condition of employment for new hires, except due to legitimate, established exceptions.

Bissell Centre is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to diversity within our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability. Bissell Centre is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees, in accordance with provincially and federally legislated protected grounds.

Application Deadline: 2022-06-20

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