Public Health Nurse - Term

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 21064
Salary: $92,976 - $111,072
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

This position is critical to ensure the health of the people of Yellowknife, N'Dilo and Dettah. The PHN has in-depth knowledge of the Public Health Act and the Reportable Disease Control and Disease Surveillance Regulations. The PHN works directly with the NWT Department of Health and Social Service's Communicable Disease Specialists in the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer. The PHN has an essential role in the timely identification of communicable diseases and the delivery of prevention and outbreak management and control interventions, especially in the areas of vaccine delivery, communicable disease surveillance and treatment.

The PHN is a registered nurse with advanced education and training beyond the scope of a graduate nurse. The PHN must practice not only according to the territorial and national registered nursing practice guidelines (RNANT/NU and CNA) but also according to national practice guidelines specifically for public health nurses (CHNC). This is an expanded scope of practice position that demands independent thinking, judgment and critical decision making skills.

The PHN specialty promotes the health of individuals, families, communities and various populations and their environments. The PHN practices in diverse settings, such as, clinics, homes, schools, local hospital and primary care clinics, shelters, churches and nongovernmental organizations and in public areas, such as, malls, bars and the street. The PHN collaborates with individuals, families, groups, communities and other care providers to develop, deliver and evaluate a wide range of health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

The PHN communicates with and educates, using appropriate strategies, all clients, community members, groups and health care providers. The PHN is an expert on public health practice and information. The incumbent is a mentor for nursing and advanced practice nursing students during their practicum experiences at NTHSSA. The PHN provides expert advice and guidance to other health and non-health related professionals within the Northwest Territories on a wide range of specialized public health issues. The PHN may be asked to represent NTHSSA on relevant local, departmental and territorial health committees and research projects and at workshops/conferences.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Health Recruitment
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a 1 Year Term. 

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Eligible for current registration/certification with Registered Nurses of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (RNANT/NU) is mandatory for this position. 

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Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

COVID-19 Vaccine

This position interacts with vulnerable members of the public.  The successful candidate will be required to comply with the GNWT?s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which can be found here:

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #21064      

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $48.40 per hour to $57.81 per hour (approximately $94,380 - $112, 730) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.