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Lincoln County Youth Care Specialist 1 in Newport, Oregon

Youth Care Specialist 1

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Youth Care Specialist 1


$41,184.00 Annually


Lincoln County, OR

Job Type




Job Number

21-16 (330)



  • Description

  • Benefits

Position Summary

Your job in the department is to . . .

Perform professional care and monitoring of youth activities in a multiple purpose Juvenile Shelter or Detention Facility.

Your job also involves . . .

Monitoring daily activities of youth placed in the Facility and other programs. Providing 24-hour intake duties for all referred youth during shift.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

Supervise the daily activities of youth:

  • Provide for the physical safety, nourishment, cleanliness, and supervision of all youth admitted.

  • Maintain the overall upkeep of the facility and participates in meal preparation.

  • Supervise and instruct youth in expected daily living, leisure, and work activities.

  • Maintain discipline, order, respect for authority and desirable patterns of conduct.

  • Ensure youth receive educational instruction and health care.

  • Monitor facility diligently to ensure against youth misconduct, runaways, safety hazards, accidents, or fire.

  • Promote a positive environment within the facility.

  • Confront consequences and redirects youth in a positive manner using trauma-informed care principles or other evidence-based practices adopted by the department.

  • Perform initial 24-hour intake screening duties for all youth referred during shift.

  • Confer with Juvenile Probation Officers regarding detention decisions.

  • Complete intake duties of all youth admitted to the facility.

  • Transport youth as needed.

Complete intake forms and document youth activities:

  • Complete documentation and forms regarding admission and releases.

  • Report individual behavior and performance as observed.

  • Report shift activities. Informs personnel on incoming shift of facility status.

  • Maintain youth files according to department standards.

Inspect, clean, and monitor the facility:

  • Inspect and ensures the facility is clean and equipment is in working order.

    Report any needed repairs to supervisor.

  • Instruct youth in proper housekeeping practices and maintenance of their living areas.

Attend staff training and meetings:

  • Attend team or shift meetings.

  • Maintain certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI).

  • Maintain required certifications for a Food Handlers license and First Aid & CPR.

Typical Qualifications

Minimum Education Level

1 - High School Diploma / GED

Minimum Experience Level:

One year (if in specific skills/fields, list below)

Specifics: Six months of experience in work dealing with youth, preferably in a group or correctional setting.


Certification(s) required (list specifics below)

Specifics: Food Handler’s Certificate; Certified in First Aid and CPR.

Driver’s License

Oregon Driver's License required

Other Licenses

None required

Desirable Qualifications

Certified in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI).

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of behavior and adjustment problems in youth. Knowledge of juvenile laws and Department of Human Services Administrative Rules in the State of Oregon.

Skill or ability to:

  • Secure the confidence and cooperation of facility staff, other agencies, public officials, and community.

  • Physical capability to interact with others and intervene in possible physical disputes.

  • Maintain proper control by anticipating and preventing acts of violence by youths admitted to the facility.

  • Detain youth and utilize hand, waist, and leg restraints.

  • Work as a team with coworkers in rotating shifts in a 24-hour facility.

  • Convey information, ideas, and facts both orally and in writing to supervisors, colleagues, and individuals, inside and outside the County, using language and a format the audience will best understand.

  • Utilize computers and other technology to communicate in written and verbal forms (e.g., word processing, texts, emails, spreadsheets, department-specific software).

  • Effectively relate well with others, including supervisors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the County. Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and working to maintain constructive working relationships.

  • Take personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work. Show up to work on time, and follows instructions, policies, and procedures. Meet productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules.

Job Conditions and Physical Demands

Job Conditions: Position may require evening meetings, long work hours (outside of business hours in the mornings, evenings, and/or weekends), working extended hours and on-call status, and exposure to physically violent people. Requires dealing with angry and/or distraught people. Requires transporting youth alone, and travel within and outside the County on a regular basis.

Work Location: Lincoln County

Travel: Anticipated Travel 10%

The physical demands are typical of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical capability to handle high mobility demands and complex personal interactions.

  • Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).

  • Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.

  • Environmental Factors: Tasks are regularly performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, animals/wildlife, toxic/poisonous agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances .


Lincoln County is committed to providing reasonable accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and essential functions expected of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Lincoln County offers a comprehensive benefit package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision which is paid at 90% by the County and 10% by the employee. Other fully paid benefits include life, AD&D, long-term disability insurance. Other optional insurances are available. A 401K retirement plan is also provided. The County's current contribution rate is 11%.

Regular and Trial Service employees working between 20 - 39 hours per week on a regular basis are eligible for pro-rated employee benefits.


Lincoln County


210 SW Second St. Newport, Oregon, 97365


541-265-4157 541-265-0375