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Casual Youth Support Worker


Interior Community Services is looking to hire casual support workers for our Youth Living residential program supporting youth with special needs.

Successful candidates will have a strong demonstrated ability to work with youth with special needs, build trusting relationships, provide a consistent and scheduled home environment, implement appropriate activities with youth and respond appropriately to a variety of challenging situations and behaviors.

Flexible availability is required and an ability to work 24 hour live - in shifts.


  • Diploma in Human/Social Service or related field and related experience supporting youth with special needs
  • Current Emergency First Aid with CPR (Community Care) is required
  • CPI (Non Violent Crisis Intervention), Suicide Intervention and Safe Food Handling training will be provided in-house
  • Must have valid Class 5 Driver’s license, own reliable vehicle, safe driving abstract and ability to obtain Business Use/ 5 million liability insurance (portion will be reimbursed up to $300).


  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to interact effectively and support youth with special needs, including supporting youth with cognitive and global developmental delays with limited communication
  • Demonstrated ability to respond appropriately to frustrations in communication that increase challenging behaviors.
  • Ability to encourage and implement use of communication tools to enhance communication
  • Strong ability to recognize triggers and proactively manage situations to minimize challenging behaviours, physically assaultive behaviours and/or damage to property.
  • Strong ability to work within the Behavioural Support and Safety Plan for each individual.
  • Strong ability to engage with the youth in appropriate activities, and encourage their involvement in activities, sports and outings based on interests.
  • Strong ability to problem solve issues as they arise and make sound decisions based on the best interest of the youth.
  • Ability to run and maintain a home- shopping, cleaning, cooking, yard work, budgeting, and meal planning/prepping
  • Strong ability to follow program and agency policies and procedures.
  • Strong demonstrated ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with youth, staff, parents/guardians and stakeholders.
  • Strong documentation, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with co-workers, supervisor and other community professionals
  • Ability to continually monitor the health and safety of the program and environments to ensure safety.


  • Successful candidates must be able to provide satisfactory supervisory references and satisfactory Criminal Record checks (both RCMP and BC Ministry of Justice).
  • Candidates must provide proof they are free from TB.
  • This is a casual, on call position. Casuals must be available to work a minimum of 12 full days per month (4 weekdays, 4 weekend days and 4 days of your choice).
  • 24 hour shifts are paid at $350/per shift. Hourly shifts (8 hours or less) are paid at $19.77/hr.