Job Posting 64280

Youth Worker / Counselor
WJS Canada
Northern Ontario, Kenora, ON
closes in 4 days (Wed, 23 Sep)
casual / on-call  •  Per Collective Agreement

WJS Canada is currently looking for individuals to join the Northern Youth Centre team in Kenora, as casual / on-call Youth Workers.


Job Reference – #J0620-0917


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The Position:

The youth worker (counselor) is responsible for supervision of persons served in a therapeutic environment that provides pro-social skills, cognitive behavioural approaches in conjunction with cultural awareness, case management plans, youth management assessments, motivation/encouragement, education and evaluation of youth, dynamic and static security to ensure safety of the community, youth and staff at the program site. As a primary counselor for assigned youth(s), s/he is part of a multifunctional team that is able to recognize situations of risk and deal with them in a safe, procedural manner, ensuring a safe, nurturing environment.  This position requires membership with UNIFOR. 


Youth counselors must be able to work shift work (12 hour shifts) and be available for a variety of shifts that include weekdays and weekends, evening and awake overnight shifts.  Casual shifts will cover vacation, sick time and extra staffing requirements, as needed.


What’s in it for you?

  • Inspiring, challenging and rewarding work where you will make a difference each and every day that you work.
  • Appreciative teams, appreciative clients, organizational recognition and rewards.
  • Ability to ignite your career, while increasing your knowledge and skills through training and development programs.
  • Flexible scheduling providing opportunity for those currently enrolled in post-secondary education and those with families
  • Comprehensive benefit plans including wellness program with unique opportunities (for eligible employees).


What does WJS do? 

At WJS Canada, our goal is to help people with disabilities become active, empowered and involved in their communities. We offer a wide range of local programs and services that encourage inclusion and participation.   Our passion is to improve lives and develop life skills.


Where do we work?

While WJS serves individuals in many communities across Canada, this opportunity is in Keewatin, Kenora, Ontario.  Situated on the Lake of the Woods, Kenora is located close to the border of Manitoba, in Northwestern Ontario, approximately 200km east of Winnipeg.  It is an area rich with eco-adventures and personality.  Often referred to as the “Premier Boating Destination of North America”, Kenora also offers amenities such as fine dining, boutique shopping, community festivals, along with the natural beauty of the area, suitable for individuals of every age.  For more information on living and working in Kenora, visit:


The Programs:

Northern Youth Centre is a twelve-bed Open Custody – Open Detention centre for Young Persons in Northern Ontario. The Centre offers a casual and comfortable home environment situated on twenty-seven treed and rural riverside acres. The home-like environment and appointments invite engagement and encourage participation. The Centre is close to the Kenora business section for ease of networking with community services and full access to a wide range of educational, recreational, counselling and volunteer programs for the residents.


As an ideal candidate you possess:

  • Minimum three years related experience
  • Valid class G driver’s license and proof of insurability as a driver, as well as reliable transportation
  • Current First Aid / CPR Certificates
  • Immunization records, and a doctor’s note stating person is fit for work, must be submitted prior to first orientation shift
  • Good interpersonal, written and oral communications and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to foster, establish and maintain effect relationships with clients
  • Crisis intervention, Anger Management and Problem Solving skills are an asset
  • Motivational teachings, programming and teaching skills are helpful
  • Basic computer skills are necessary


*** Prior to confirmation of employment all applicants must provide a current (dated within 3 months of hire date) Criminal Record Check (and every 3 years thereafter). These checks can take up to 6 weeks to obtain, please ensure you prepare accordingly.


Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, or until suitable candidates are found.

Please be sure to APPLY online, under posting #J0620-0917.

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