Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Employment Opportunity: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Employment Opportunity: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Position, Casual Position
  • Perform forensic medical exams with patients (13 and older) who have experienced sexual violence within the last fourteen days, includes offering STI and pregnancy prevention medications, head to toe exam, photography, anogenital exam, and evidence collection. (40%)
  • Document the patient’s responses to examination questions in the Forensic electronic Medical Record (FeMR). (45%)
  • Attend mandatory monthly team meetings on the first Tuesday of the month from 9am-12pm. (10%)
  • Perform other related duties as required (5%)
 Participating Hospitals
  • Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center – Duluth, MN;
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Duluth, MN;
  • Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior – Superior, WI;
  • Lake View Hospital – Two Harbors, MN;
  • Registered Nurse with current Minnesota license and the ability to become licensed in Wisconsin
  • Completion of the 41-hour Adolescent/Adult IAFN approved Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) didactic training (connection to free training opportunities can be made)
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Sensitivity in working with victim-survivors of sexual assault
Desired Qualifications
  • 1 year experience as an RN and/or a prior SANE position
  • Preference to RN working 0.7 or less FTE at primary job
  • Completion of IAFN approved Clinical Skills Lab
  • Trauma informed approach to patient care
  • Self-driven
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Strong interdisciplinary collaboration skills
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Sensitivity in working with victims of sexual assault
  • Medical Director and SANE Program Nurse Manager provide clinical consultation and peer review
  • SANE Program Coordinator provides daily supervision and administration of the program
 Hours & On-Call Expectations
  • 60 hours on-call per 4-week scheduling cycle
  • Requirement of one holiday shift per year
  • Carry a cell phone while on-call
  • Immediate response to calls and texts while on-call
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • 45-minute response time to hospital
  • $400/exam
  • $90 Stipend for mandatory monthly team meetings
  • $30/hour for mandatory skills training and hospital orientation
  • $7.50/hour on-call pay (when active SANE)
  • On-call time is unpaid during orientation
 Memberships & Benefits
  • IAFN Membership (International, MN, and WI Chapters)
  • $1000/year of Education Funds after 6 months of employment*
  • Reimbursements for WI license and liability insurance after 6 months of employment*
  • Employee Assistance Program for SANEs and their families
  • Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) available after 90 days of employment
  • No medical, dental, life, or retirement benefits
    *if average of 60 hours on-call per 4-week scheduling cycle is maintained
How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter discussing their interest in and qualification for this position to pavsa@pavsa.org

Sexual violence impacts many people – disclosing personal experiences is not expected and does not impact you application status or process. PAVSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from BIPOC, people of all genders, veterans, and people with disabilities. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg.

Board of Directors

Join Our Board of Directors

PAVSA is dedicated to the elimination of sexual violence in southern St. Louis County through supporting victims, educating the community, and advocating for change. Our core values include confidentiality, inclusivity, resiliency, and community-mindedness. We are committed to providing support services for victim-survivors of sexual violence and their support people, educating and building awareness in the community, and advocating for social change in the many systems that interact with victim-survivors following sexual violence. We are seeking community members who are committed to our mission and values to serve on our Board of Directors. The Board needs a diverse set of skills and backgrounds to ensure broad, relevant, diverse ideas and representation. Prior board experience is a plus but not required. This is a volunteer opportunity and no compensation will be paid. 

Primary Duties

  • Responsible for the purpose, programs and public accountability of the nonprofit organization
  • Engage in a strategic planning session when needed
  • Monitor management
  • Represent the organization to the community and enhance the public image
  • Attend monthly board meetings, read background information and reports provided prior to Board meetings
  • Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Membership on one committee of the Board, either Internal or External committee
  • Attend our annual fall fundraiser

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Over the age of 18
  • Reside or work within our direct service area, Southern St. Louis County, with the ability to attend monthly in-person meetings
  • Not currently connected to PAVSA services or the volunteer program

Our Board application is available here. Questions can be emailed to Sara at sniemi@pavsa.org.


Volunteer Opportunities at PAVSA

PAVSA’s volunteers are critical to supporting victim-survivors in our community. Our dedicated volunteers assist with facilitating our helpline and provide advocacy in the hospital setting, both services are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Volunteers help to cover our overnight and weekend hours. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of one shift a month for a year. 

Volunteering with PAVSA is a great way to support survivors in our community, cultivate your crisis intervention and de-escalation skills, and build knowledge of community resources. All volunteers must complete a state-mandated 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training. PAVSA provides the training at no cost to you and the training will equip you with the skills to be a great advocate!

Volunteers are required to have a phone to take calls and transportation to get to and from the hospital. 

If you have questions about volunteering or want to know the next training dates, please contact us. A brief application can be found here.


Internship Opportunities at PAVSA

PAVSA offers excellent internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Interns can be involved in many of our programs based on their interests and availability. These opportunities include, but are not limited to: crisis line and hospital advocacy, support groups, outreach groups, community education, legal advocacy, youth advocacy, and organizing events and awareness campaigns. All interns are required to complete our state-mandated 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to victim/survivors and the cause of PAVSA
  • Proactive attitude in finding work when unassigned and volunteering for duties when opportunities are provided
  • Experience and/or skill working in an administrative position
  • Experience and/or skill working with crisis situations
  • Flexibility in scheduling and attitude.

Before applying please consider:

  • PAVSA does not offer any hourly compensation for internships.
  • Much of our work is crisis and/or needs based and available 24/7. Needs regarding coverage may be last minute, will require quick action, and will be on evenings/weekends.
  • Because of the nature of our work, some interns may find themselves triggered by the things we encounter. It is important for interns to consider their tolerance of such topics before accepting a position.
  • Sexual trauma history is not considered in acceptance of interns.
  • If you have any concerns about your ability to fulfill any of the above duties it is recommended that you discuss the matter with your school internship supervisors prior to agreeing to the internship.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Sam at smadsen@pavsa.org. In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • What are the requirements for your internship? (ex: hours, timeline)
  • What would you bring to an internship at PAVSA?
  • What would you hope to learn at PAVSA?

Keep in mind that we have limited spots available, so get your resume and cover letter to us early!

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