Current Opportunities


Casual Child and Youth Care Worker

Terms of Employment: 

Casual positions


Shift Work – 8 and/or 12 hr. shifts (Days, Evening, Nights, Weekends)


Hourly Rate: $20.00 


Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Nature of Position: 

The Youth Care Worker reports directly to the Akoma Family Centre Child & Youth Care Supervisor. The Youth Care Worker is responsible for administering approved treatment plans and providing care to residents (ages 3-13) in care of the Minister of Community Services. Responsible for accurate reporting, file maintenance, crisis intervention and assisting with developing programs and activities. The facility is a 24/7 operation with residents in two buildings.

Required Education: 

Bachelor’s Degree in the Human Services Field/ Child Care Worker Diploma from a provincial accredited institution or related experience may be considered for equivalency.

Required Knowledge and Skills: 

The successful candidate will have comprehensive experience working with at risk children and youth in residential care, ability to work as part of a team member, deal with conflict; have strong written/ verbal and interpersonal communication skills; effective organizational and time management skills, knowledge of behaviour management strategies and intervention plans and programs; knowledge of issues facing youth in care and the ability to transfer knowledge of various behavioral disorders, substance abuse and mental health disorders to practice; and knowledge of working with babies, young children and families in crisis.

Must exercise discretion with confidential matters. 


Certificates in the following programs are considered an asset; Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), Standard First Aid Level C, Cultural Awareness Training, Medication Administration, Fire Training, WHMIS, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Inhalant Abuse, Stress Management, Restorative Practices, Food Handlers Safety Training & Early Childhood Education. Familiarity with Mac Computer technology. Knowledge of the Children and Family Services and the Day Care Acts.

Additional Skills: 

Housekeeping activities, Food preparation, Supervise indoor and outdoor activities of children and youth, Supervise children’s visits with parents to ensure their safety. 

Security and Safety: 

Criminal record check, Child abuse registry check, Valid Driver’s license, appropriate liability insurance.

Transportation Information: 

Must have access to a reliable vehicle and appropriate vehicle insurance to transport residents. Travel expenses reimbursed by employer.

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: 

Fast-paced environment, Work under pressure, Physically demanding.

Offer of employment is contingent upon the successful candidate passing appropriate background checks. 

How to Apply: 

Fax: (902) 434-6544


Thank you in advance to all interested candidates. Only those to be interviewed will be contacted.