Youth Care Worker - Shelter Relief/On-Call

Family and Youth Support Portland, Oregon


Youth Care Worker- Shelter
Downtown Portland, OR 
FLSA: Non-Exempt/Hourly 

Morrison is seeking Youth Care Workers of any background, experience, and education to join our team and help youth in our Residential Long Term Home be kids and enjoy their time with us! 

$2 per hour shift differential for weekend swing and overnight hours (added to eligible hours in belo ranges!  

About the Program
Our shelter is well equipped to comfortably care and provide support for up to 50 youth at a time. Through our residential facility, the youth have access to education, and mental health services onsite. The program serves adolescent boys and girls, (11 – 17 years of age) The youth primarily arrive from Latin American countries, occasionally from other countries such as South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. 


Job Summary: 
Our program is designed to help the youth, by creating a secure and therapeutic environment in which the youth, learn the necessary skills to be self-sufficient. Depending on shift, this position helps youth with education services, find hobbies and skills, provide a clean and safe environment, and on overnight they provide wind-down services and nightly rounds to ensure our youth are comfortable and safe.  


What does a Milieu Counselor do? 

  • Milieu Counselors help adolescent youth, (14 – 17 years of age) become acquainted with American culture, language and customs. The youth primarily arrive from Latin American countries, occasionally from other countries such as South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. 

  • They are mentors and caregivers for youth in the program. They create a supportive environment, where youth receive help with academics, encouragement in pursing individual interest/hobbies and if needed learn ways to address behavioral issues. 

  • Creating a culturally inclusive environment in which the youth can feel supported. Bi-cultural and bilingual speaking applicants are encouraged to apply! 

  • Ensures the safety of the clients we serve, both in the residential setting and during community outings.  


Why join us? 

  • Growth Opportunities- Morrison values its employees and provides leadership training to see our employees thrive and grow. Promotion from within is encouraged and seen throughout the organization.  

  • Benefits and Perks – Extensive benefit package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. Company provided Life and Long-Term Disability. Paid vacation and sick time.  

  • We make a difference in our community – At Morrison we provide a comprehensive continuum of mental health, substance abuse and prevention and education services for youth, from birth through age 21. We work with families and communities to make a difference in every child’s life. 

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Options- Morrison is a non-profit mental health organization so working with us, you could qualify for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.  


 What are we looking for? 

The ideal candidates will demonstrate compassion, while still being professional and ethical. The ability to maintain composure during stressful situations is crucial in this position. We see each team member as an invaluable part of each youth’s success during their stay. This is a fast-paced work environment where every day is unique and offers opportunities to be creative and work as a team. 
Morrison encourages creativity, motivation, and fun ideas for our youth in care. We don’t want our clients’ experiences to feel like another temporary place to stay, but a fun, safe place for them to be a kid again and later learn how to be an adult.  




Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 

  • At least 21 years of age 

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required (Diploma, GED or college transcripts required step of hiring process)

  • Must have at least one year of relevant experience working in child welfare, but that experience does not specifically have to be in a social services setting


Valued Experience: 

  • Bilingual Spanish abilities highly preferred (verbal communication skills) 


Other Requirements: 

  • Pass a DHS criminal history background 

  • Valid Driver’s License  


Flexible Schedule: Full shifts are 10hrs,  Day, Swing & Overnight 

Pick up Shifts that work for you (There are minimum required hours to maintain on-call status)

Starting Pay Range:  

(Dependent on experience) 

Youth Care Worker (Milieu Counselor): $19.88- $21.15
Bilingual in Spanish: $21.67- $23.05

 $2/hour shift differential added to your pay for hours worked between 3:00 pm and 7:00 am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (must work 4 hours in the shift that falls within this daily range). 


  About Us: 

Morrison Child and Family Services is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of services to children, adolescents, and their families.   


Visit our website to learn more about our mission and history and our strategy for accomplishing our goal of achieving significant, positive, and long-term clinical outcomes for the clients we serve. 


At Morrison we celebrate diversity. Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we support our communities by working with compassion, integrity, and dedication to social justice. We strive to create an inclusive and anti-racist organization by ensuring that racial identity will not determine or predict the quality of trauma-informed care a child receives.  

We strive to Create a Diverse, Inclusive environment to Better Serve our Clients. 
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Morrison employees are offered a variety of plans to help address their health and welfare needs, as well as the needs of their families.  Many of these benefits are paid in whole, or in part by Morrison and others are offered as a voluntary option to be paid for by the employee through payroll deductions.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes Medical, Prescription, Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Life, AD&D and LTD, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  In addition to these plans, employees may purchase additional voluntary life insurance, short-term disability, critical illness and accident coverage through Unum.

Residential ORR Programs through Federal Mandate must provide proof of immunity including the following vaccinations that are typically received in childhood: MMR, Varicella, and DTaP. There is also an annual Flu Vaccination requirement. Proof of compliance is required for employees at these sites, and masks are required while pending compliance.