Milieu Counselor (Youth Care Worker)

Family and Youth Support Portland, Oregon


Youth Care Worker – Long Term Group Home

Salary Range: $19.88-$21.15/hr. (Non-Bilingual), $21.67-$23.05/hr. (Bilingual - Spanish)
*** $2/hour shift differential added to pay for hours worked between 3:00 pm and 7:00 am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

Shifts: Full Time, Overnight/Day/Swing


In Person, Full Time (40hrs/week *benefits eligible)  

  • Evening/Swing:
    • Sunday-Wednesday, 1pm-11:30pm (1 position opening)
    • Wednesday- Saturday, 1pm-11:30pm (2 position openings)
Agency Overview:
Morrison Child & Family Services provides services for over 7,000 youth and families annually throughout Oregon & Beyond - with most services provided in the Portland metropolitan area. As an agency, we commit to the following values of trauma-informed care:
  • Nonviolence: providing physical, emotional, social, and moral safety for all.
  • Emotional Intelligence: managing feelings well for the care of others and self.
  • Social Learning: practicing the utmost respect for the ideas of everyone.
  • Democracy: having shared decision-making whenever possible.
  • Open Communication: saying what we mean without being mean as we say it.
  • Social Responsibility: ensuring teamwork that includes everyone’s contributions.
  • Growth and Change: co-creating transformation for a hopeful future.

About the Program:ORR Immigrant Youth Services - LTGH   

Our Long-Term Home provides services to up to 20 adolescents at one time (ages 14-17 years old) in a co-ed residential facility setting. The youth, typically from Latin America and occasionally other countries live in our Long-Term Group Home, while they await family reunification or other placement options. They attend public school and other community activities.  

Goal: Seeking candidate with childcare experience to support and supervise adolescents living in Morrison’s Long Term Group Home serving immigrant youth.  


Job Summary: 

The program works with adolescents in a residential facility. The Youth Care Worker/Milieu Counselor (MC) provides direct supervision of youth in care and maintains effective line-of-sight supervision at all times. MC assists with vocational and daily living skills and is involved in working one-on-one, in groups and school settings, provides transportation and guidance for safety during resident outings and participates in serving daily meals, depending on program requirements.   


Job Duties 

  • Provide effective supervision of milieu and youth activities according to the program’s daily schedule.  

  • Complete documentation of services in a timely manner, including internal incident reports and shift summaries. 

  • Transport and/or accompany youth to local appointments and other client outings.  

  • De-escalate youth using behavior management techniques and perform appropriate follow ups 

  • As a last resort, perform physical restraints of clients as needed following approved crisis intervention model methods. 

  • Administer medication to youth, including required documentation and disposal. 


Experience/Education Requirements   

  • ​​At least 21 years of age 

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

  • ​Minimum of one year of employment experience in the child welfare field working with children and/or adolescents in a social service setting 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing a thorough knowledge and application of the Sanctuary model and other organizational policies & practices.  

  • Participate in staff development, in-services, and training related to equity and inclusion in the workplace; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend, and implement improvements to business practices with awareness and understanding of the impact in a trauma-informed and culturally diverse organization.  ​

Preferred Qualifications 

  • ​​Bilingual in Spanish and English, written, read and verbal strongly preferred. 

 Other Requirements: 

  • Pass a DHS criminal history background  

Physical Requirements:  

  • The person in this position needs to frequently move around the residential site including up stairs and on outings and possible travel 

  • Constantly positions self to maintain site, including under the desks and access supplies up high. and the ability to possibly perform physical restraints of clients. 

  • Position requires moving youth from different rooms in Milieu, checking on youth throughout Milieu, and transitioning activities with youth consistently. 

  • We serve youth that can become escalated in behavioral circumstances, and this position will be required to participate in and lead de-escalation frequently and physically de-escalate or restrain occasionally. Proper training on techniques that are safe for youth and staff is provided at time of hire. 

  • The person in this position frequently communicates with clients and staff with various inquiries. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations  

We are an Affirmative Action Plan Employer. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. In compliance with our Affirmative Action Plan, Morrison uses E-Verify to determine employment eligibility after an offer is accepted.
Applications will be reviewed as received.  Morrison reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period. 
Morrison employees are offered a variety of benefits including Medical, Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).   
If your personal values align with our agency's vision and dedication to serving youth and families, please submit your résumé, application, and cover letter to
For accommodation requests during the application/hiring process please contact: [email protected]