Youth Care Worker- SAGE (Day/Swing/Overnight Shifts Avaliable)

Family and Youth Support Portland, Oregon


Youth Care Worker- SAGE
 Portland, OR
 Full Time, Full Benefits
 FLSA: Non-Exempt/Hourly

$1 pay differential for swing and overnight hours! See pay info below for details!

Do you enjoy counseling and supporting youth? Do you find it rewarding to help others? Are you looking for an entry level position in social service with ample opportunities and encouragement for growth?
If so, the Milieu Counselor position may be just the right fit for you!

About the Program: SAGE

Our SAGE Youth Residential program provides long-term stabilization for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC). Both during their exploitation and prior to it, many of these youth have experienced multiple environmental, social, and biological traumas. This may include sexual abuse, parental neglect and/or abuse, alcohol/drug dependency or abuse, school failure, and high levels of emotional vulnerability. Our SAGE program serves vulnerable youth in the CSEC population by providing a safe and secure setting in which they can experience Support, Achieve their goals, Grow, and become Empowered. 


Job Summary:
Our program is designed to help residential youth at SAGE, by creating a secure and therapeutic environment in which the youth learn the necessary skills to be self-sufficient and empowers them to create a skill set for them to build more opportunities for their future. 


What does a Milieu Counselor do?

  • Milieu Counselors help adolescent girls, (11 – 17 years of age) who have been commercially sexually exploited (CSEC) by providing long-term stabilization in a therapeutic environment. 
  • They are caregivers and role models 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 and trauma.
  • 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 empowerment, motivation, and fun ideas for our youth in care. We want our youths’ experiences to feel like a fun, safe place for them to be a kid again and later learn how to be an adult. This includes helping youth become empowered to take back control in their lives and help them find an identity outside of their trauma.  



Day Shift 6:30a-5:00p

  • MC1      Friday - Monday ( Tuesday-Thursday off)

Swing Shift 1:00p-11:30p

  • MC2       Monday, Thursday-Saturday (Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday off)

A $1/hour pay differential will be applied for hours worked between 5:00 pm- 6:00am; for staff who work a minimum of 4 hours within this range. 

We also have On-Call/Relief Milieu Counselor position available! On-Call Position: Shift and hours determined by staff availability combined with program needs.




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:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required
  • Basic computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, databases and Outlook
  • One year of youth experience. Or a combination of education and experience related to working with youth


Other Requirements:

  • Pass a DHS criminal history background
  • Valid Driver’s License 


Starting Pay Range: 

Milieu Counselor: $20.91 - $22.24

Milieu Counselor (Bilingual Spanish): $22.79- $24.24

  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.  As an agency Morrison, its team members, and clients commit to trauma informed care, ensuring we understand that behaviors are a result of trauma and are able to check our own trauma and bias in how we respond. 


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 to move beyond disparity and oppression and work with compassion, integrity, and dedication to social justice through the implementation of goals and policies. 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; to that effect, we’re looking for candidates who can provide culturally-appropriate care or possess the ability to hold each other and yourself accountable to the diversity and uniqueness of all individuals within Morrison, our clients and our community stakeholders.

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.

 Position Open Until Enough Qualified Applicants Have Responded
 We strive to Create a Diverse, Inclusive environment to Better Serve our Clients.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.