Youth Worker

Linn County


HOURLY WAGE: New Hire: $20.95  •  90 days: $22.01  •  1 year: $23.26  •  2 years: $24.51  •  3 years: $25.84
(+ $0.25 shift premium) (above wages are effective 7/1/21)

Part-time (16 hours/week) position to supervise, monitor, and maintain security and safety of court ordered dependent, neglected or delinquent youth with Linn County Juvenile Detention Center. Work is performed under general supervision. Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction for all customers on a regular basis. Checks and maintains security and safety of participants on a continual basis. Responds to emergency situations that may occur including escape and suicide attempts, drug overdose, intoxicated youth, etc. Physically restrains participants if necessary. Records behavior observations and keeps daily reports and participant’s personal records. Performs recordkeeping, statistics and other paperwork as required. Drives van or other designated vehicle to transport program participants. Supervises program activities as required. Performs light maintenance tasks as required. Enforces rules consistently and fairly. Promotes, encourages and supports appropriate behavior. Supervises dependent, neglected, or delinquent youth during the late evening and early morning hours (third shift). Awakens residents, supervises showers and dispenses medication as needed. Admits new residents including interviewing youth, parents and officer or caseworker to obtain needed information. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Knows the products they personally produce and the customers of each product. Listens to the “Voice of the Customer” and closes gaps between customer expectations and experience whenever possible.


  • Associate’s degree in Human Services or related field required.
  • One (1) to three (3) years of experience in the care, counseling, and management of groups of adolescents in a residential setting with in the last five (5) years required; OR a bachelor’s degree and six (6) months of experience in the care, counseling, and management of groups of adolescents in a residential setting within the last five (5) years required.
  • Working knowledge of the care, counseling and management of youth.
  • Working knowledge of the care, counseling, and management of delinquent, neglected, and dependent youth in a residential setting.
  • Knowledge of juvenile code.
  • Must meet requirements and licensing regulations including: good health evidenced by the ability to pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of higher; a person who has a record of a criminal conviction or founded child abuse report shall not be employed, unless an evaluation concludes that the crime or founded abuse does not merit prohibition of employment.
  • Certifications required after hire are: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting, Medication Dispensing, CPR, Mandt, Prison Rape Elimination Act and Gentle Self Defense Training.
  • Regular work attendance required.

SHIFT: 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.    Friday – Saturday 

Job Benefits:

Positions that are less than 20 hours/week are not benefits-eligible. However, employees who successfully apply to move into a permanent position that is 20 hours/week or more would then have the opportunity to sign up for benefits.

COVID-19 Precautions:

New hire orientation:  

Social distancing will be practiced. The CDC recommends and Linn County encourages unvaccinated individuals to continue to wear a face mask. Likewise, even if individuals are fully vaccinated and are simply more comfortable continuing to wear a face mask, they are welcome to do so.

Application Instructions:

Apply online by clicking apply now.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Job ID: 75252

Posted 12 days ago

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