Wellness and Recovery Worker

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 23556
Salary: $83,402 - $99,606
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Apr 14, 2023

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

Reporting to the Manager, Mental Health & Addictions, the Wellness and Recovery Worker provides supportive basic counselling, education, prevention activities and case management to service users who present with complex needs, such as mental health and addictions.  The Wellness and Recovery Worker will develop individualized service plans, navigate pathways between services, and act as a fixed point of contact for service users.  This position supports clients who are referred to territorial and southern addiction treatment facilities and those who require supported living and out of territory placement.   This involves working with various community groups and stakeholders, Indigenous leaders and the general public including a diverse population (elders, adults, adolescents, children and families).

Knowledge of physical, psychological and social effects of addictions and knowledge of treatment options for people of all ages with addictions is required. In addition, knowledge of referral routes and care coordination and knowledge of Indigenous traditional cultural/healing practices is also required.  The ability to work effectively with a variety of people under stressful situations, the ability to apply techniques or plan activities ahead of time to manage emotions or stress and the ability to work with people who may experience cognitive or physical disabilities are also required.


Typically, the above knowledge, skills and abilities would be attained through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences related field combined with one (1) year of current experience in case management or counselling.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

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 one (1) year term.

Term Position

This job opening is for a one (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 vulnerable sector 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.

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.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 23556    

Closing Date: April 14, 2023 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $42.77 per hour (approximately $83,401 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $7,734.