Child & Youth Care Counsellor
Government of Alberta
High Prairie, AB
If you are an energetic and motivated individual who enjoys working directly with youth in a team-oriented environment, the High Prairie Youth Assessment Centre has an employment opportunity for you!

The High Prairie Youth Assessment Centre is currently looking for permanent and on-call wage employees to provide a safe, secure and therapeutic environment for youth. The ability to work shift work and weekend work is required.

The Youth Assessment Centre is a residential treatment facility for adolescents who face a variety of emotional and behavioural challenges due to concerns of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACE) history, mental health, addictions and/or developmental disabilities. We are currently looking for individuals to work as members of a residential therapeutic team. Within a collaborative environment, the Child and Youth Care Counsellor will participate in developing, implementing and evaluating individualized therapeutic plans for youth. If you are an individual who wants to be a positive influence in a youth's life and someone who is able to provide therapeutic interventions within the context of established policies and procedures, you won't regret your decision to apply with us.

What we offer you as an employer:
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Support in Wellness your Way Initiatives.
  • Support in your career aspirations and professional growth.
  • Challenging work in a supportive, fun, rewarding work environment.
We are looking for change agents who have a diploma or degree in Child and Youth Care and/or related human service diplomas, degrees and certificates. Experience working with youth in a residential setting or working with Aboriginal children would be an asset. Successful candidates must be prepared to complete and maintain training in Standard First Aid with CPR, suicide intervention, food handling, high risk de-escalation, and Indigenous cultural understanding.

Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered a lower classification level and salary.

For individuals who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada, it is recommended that you obtain an evaluation of your credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) and include the IQAS assessment certificate as part of your application. Further information on IQAS is available at:

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an indepth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:

$2,151.51 to $2,757.73 bi-weekly
$27.76 to $35.58 per hour

These exciting permanent and wage opportunities are in High Prairie!

High Prairie, nestled in Big Lakes Country, is a town of 2,564 people and is located about 375 kilometres northwest of Edmonton and about 200 kilometres east of Grande Prairie. For those looking for outdoor activities, camping, off-roading, bird watching and being in close proximity to the western shores of Lesser Slave Lake, this location is ideal. For bird enthusiasts, three major bird migration paths meet in the area. The town was awarded 4 out of 5 blooms by the Communities in Bloom organization for beautification, including an amazing Christmas Light Show that blankets the town in December and truly must be viewed. Agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas are the primary industries of the area and illustrate the rich resource base. For more information about High Prairie visit

The successful applicant is eligible for a $6,000 bonus. For details, please visit:

The final candidate(s) will be required to have a valid Class 5 Alberta Driver's license.

The final candidate for this position will be asked to undergo an academic check, intervention record check and provide a suitable security screening. Due to wait times to receive a completed Criminal Records Check (CRC) that includes Vulnerable Sector screening check, applicants who are invited for an interview are encouraged to request a completed CRC (level 1) that includes Vulnerable Sector screening check from their local RCMP/Police detachment prior to their interview. The CRC will only need to be provided upon request.

For permanent employees hours of work are 38.75 hours weekly. Shift work (6/3) rotation and weekend work is required.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same or lower classification level for casual wage, temporary and permanent positions at the High Prairie Youth Assessment Centre. Please specify in your letter your preferred type of employment.

What we offer:
  • Comprehensive benefits plan:
  • Pension plan:
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
How to Apply
Online applications are preferred via

Please ensure that you include contact information including email address on your resume. When listing experience, please specify years and months of experience for consideration. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience (listed in months and years) and relevant examples of required competencies.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Cindy Zaiffdeen, Integrated HR Services, 8th Floor Park Plaza, 10611 - 98 Avenue, Edmonton AB T5K 2P7. Phone: (780) 644 2545.

Closing Statement
We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted via email.

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