Youth Care Worker

Youth Care Worker

Columbus House
Location: Pembroke, Ontario
Posted: May 10th 2024

Columbus House Pembroke is a non-profit organization.  We offer a residential program for youth with a focus on education and teaching independent living skills.  All residents are also involved in our Teen Compass (unplugged) Outdoor Leadership Program.  This program provides our youth experiences in an outdoor setting (ie Algonquin Park) while being unplugged for the daily use of technology.

We are looking for a creative and passionate person to join our team as a Youth Care Worker. This position may include day, evening and overnight (sleeping) shifts during the week and on weekends.

About The Program

The residential program is as unique as the youth we serve. It is a voluntary program and the youth come from a variety of backgrounds. They are able to manage through the day-to-day routine of life (no restraining or one-to-one care needed). The youth all come into the program with the same goal – to learn independent living skills while they are completing their education. 

Our goal is to provide the support and guidance they require to accomplish their goals and to celebrate these achievements with them!

Our staff bring their education along with their experience in a variety of extracurricular activities (ie. art, hiking, baking, sports, etc.) as well as their ability to listen, empathize, share their time and knowledge and of course use their sense of humour.


  • Working with the youth in the residents and assisting them with day-to-day tasks
  • Informal counselling and making referrals
  • Being part of a client-centred program offering individualized support
  • Facilitating in the acquisition of life skills including healthy lifestyle, appointment management, cooking, budgeting and accessing educational and employment resources
  • Assisting in the development of a healthy social network of family and interpersonal relationships
  • Assisting with the planning and attending of residential trips
  • SSW, CYW or a diploma or degree in a related field; students in their last year of study are welcome to apply
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work independently and be effective in crisis situations
  • Must have and maintain a valid Ontario driver’s license as well as First Aid and CPR
  • Experience working with youth or at-risk populations is an asset
  • Bilingualism is considered an asset
  • A clear criminal reference check is necessary for the successful applicant
Additional Information

Starting wage: $21.00 per hour.

Please forward your resume in MS Word or PDF format.

Thank you for your interest in Columbus House. The candidates that we feel have the best opportunity for success in this role will be contacted for an interview.

Columbus House is an equal opportunity employer, committed to meeting needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Applications requiring accommodation should contact administration at 613-732-8977. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation or age.

Contact Information
Tiffiny Hughes, Supervisor
Columbus House
Pembroke, Ontario

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