Female Youth Care Worker


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Youth Services
11805 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne
Youth Services Center
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Closing Date:
Open until filled
Public Safety



This position is offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision and more
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Retirement plan with up to 5% matching


This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours are 3 pm - 11 pm; 40 hours/week; overtime as required

Under the direction of the Youth Services Center Administration, the Youth Care Worker provides supervision and assists in maintaining a safe environment for the youth in our care.


  • Responsible for supervising youth and maintaining a safe, structured and caring environment, including wake-up, showers, meals, recreation, school, assigned work, special and seasonal activities and bedtime.
  • Documents and updates files concerning the care of the youth.
  • Monitors residents’ behavior, resolves conflicts and addresses behavioral problems.
  • Maintains communication with co-workers and administration concerning residents’ behavior, ensuring residents’ needs are met.
  • Maintains clean unit with residents’ assistance including, but not limited to, sweeping floors, cleaning furniture and appliances, washing windows, stocking and sanitizing bathrooms and changing bedding.
  • Transports residents to off-campus activities and appointments.
  • Dispenses medications and performs first aid to residents as needed.
  • Models, assists and acts as a role model teaching daily living skills, including hygiene and social skills.
  • Conducts structured activities with residents.
  • Assists with intake and discharge of new residents, including completing required forms and securing clothes and personal possessions.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, linens and personal hygiene products.  Distributes upon request, ordering supplies as needed.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned, including overtime as required.


Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions



  • High School diploma or GED and two years’ experience working with youth or young adults
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License to operate County owned vehicle
  • Must be female in order to work with female youth
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training within six months
  • Ability to obtain and maintain CPR/First Aid/AED certification within six months
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all Departmental records and information
  • Working knowledge of local, state and federal laws applicable to Youth Services Center operations with the ability to apply and enforce regulations
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to enforce center rules and regulations, resolve conflicts, respond to emergencies, effectively restrain and take authoritative actions as needed
  • Ability to prepare accurate and detailed records of all resident’s behavior
  • Ability to remain calm during crisis


The Youth Care Worker must be able to move around freely with frequent walking required with some lifting up to forty pounds, and some reaching over head, kneeling, crawling and climbing ladders with frequent pushing and/or pulling loads and bending with some exposure to temperature extremes, dangerous equipment, chemicals, noise, noxious odors/fumes and frequent need to restrain residents.