Job Title:

Youth Worker (casual)


Phoenix Youth Programs


Halifax, NS

Job Reference:


Since 1987, we have been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix?s ten locations in Halifax, N.S. provide a continuum of care for youth aged 11-24 and their families. Our team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them. To learn more about Phoenix visit our website:

We serve hundreds of youth who collectively offer great diversity to the organization. To better serve the youth we aim to reflect their diversity in our staff contingent.

Job Summary: Relief Workers are called on a casual basis to work shifts at Phoenix Youth Shelter (emergency shelter), Phoenix House (long-term residence) and at Phoenix Centre for Youth (walk-in centre). We are hiring people who are available to work at least 20 hours per week. Although we cannot guarantee hours, we are usually able to provide Relief Workers with 30-40 hours of work per week. Relief Workers should be prepared to work in the three programs listed above and to work any time of day including awake-overnights.

Compensation: $15.50 per hour, Employee and Family Assistance Program, in-house subsidized training

Hours of Work:  Various shift lengths usually ranging from three to 12 hours, days, evenings and awake-overnights.

Training: Non-violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), Suicide Intervention (ASIST) and Standard First Aid certification are requirements of the position to be obtained within six months of being hired if not already achieved. Phoenix regularly provides NVCI and first aid training with internal instructors and subsidizes the cost of the courses.

Screening Requirements: This position is subject to a criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search, a child abuse register check and proof of education.


  • Provide support, crisis intervention and programming for youth.
  • Assess and address the needs of the programs? youth.
  • Complete and maintain all logs, files and records as required and ensure confidentiality is protected.
  • Supervise and monitor the program?s activities and ensure that policies, security and safety are maintained.
  • Provide a supportive environment that promotes youth empowerment.


  • Bachelor of Social Work or an undergraduate degree in a related discipline.
  • Registration or Candidacy for Registration, certification or membership of a related professional body (if applicable).
  • Proven track record in establishing good working relationships with youth.
  • Demonstrated skills in the development of rapport and trust with youth; the creation of a safe and secure setting for youth; and ensuring that youth services are offered in a therapeutic and non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to work from a youth-centred approach.
  • Demonstrated exceptional level of interpersonal, communication, organizational and youth service skills.
  • Non-violent crisis intervention (Crisis Prevention Institute preferable), suicide intervention (ASIST), standard first aid or a commitment to secure those requirements within six months of being hired.


Please forward the questionnaire below; A resume and a cover letter (in Word or as a PDF document) with pertinent information about your qualifications to:

Karen Damtoft, Human Resources Manager with the subject line ?Relief Worker?

Recruitment is on-going.

Please answer the following questions and include with your application. Thank you.


I am employed:    

  • Full-time, number of hours per week: 
  • Part-time, number of hours per week:
  • Casual work, number of hours per week:

Number of positions I currently hold: 

I am available to work:

  • Days e.g. 7 am ? 3 pm         _Mon  _Tues  _Wed  _Thurs  _Fri  _Sat  _Sun
  • Evenings e.g. 3 pm ? 11 pm  _Mon  _Tues  _Wed  _Thurs  _Fri  _Sat  _Sun
  • Awake overnights e.g. 11 pm ? 8 am   _Mon  _Tues  _Wed  _Thurs  _Fri  _Sat  _Sun

How many hours per week would you like to work at Phoenix?

Quote Job Reference: 9024464996

Posted 2017-01-30

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