Youth Counsellor

- Closes March 12, 2019

  • Chilliwack

Learning to Lead (L2L) Program – Chilliwack (Job #8620 – 1901)

Auxiliary – Ending August 31, 2019 (Grid 13) (2 positions)

PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. We have been recognized for placing a high value on work-life balance. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve.

PCRS is being funded by the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) to deliver a licensed, Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP) for at-risk youth in Chilliwack. The LRP keeps participants engaged in school and helps improve attendance, academic performance and reduce behavioral and substance-related problems. Three required components of the LRP are weekly, in school resiliency group meetings; monthly learning/community-service events; and monthly alternative/adventure activities.

Position Summary:

The successful applicant will be engaging youth (ages 12 – 18) within the scope of resiliency group counseling, volunteer/service learning experiences, and adventure activities. The LRP involves students who are challenged by substance use, academic and/or disciplinary issues, and/or for other family risk factors.

Applicants will be skilled in: connecting with and counseling ‘At Risk’ youth, meeting NCPC reporting requirements, collaborating with varied community partners and regional vendors to provide learning/service opportunities and adventure activities; working with SD 33 staff and administrators in all LRP phases, including facilitation of resiliency group meetings; leading and mentoring youth in community service and alternative adventure activities; and being the knowledgeable, passionate face of ‘Learning to Lead’ in linking with the public, program partners. Applicants must demonstrate an excellent level of written and verbal communication skills, organizational abilities, and demonstrate accuracy and attention to details.

Primary Duties:

  • Plan, organize and run resilience groups for youth alongside L2L staff.
  • Collaborate with counsellors and school staff to connect with youth.
  • Administrative tasks including but not limited to: social media communication with youth, referral management, assessment recording, data input and storing, community communication through PowerPoint and other means.
  • Implement, plan and facilitate monthly service projects and outdoor activities, alongside the Supervisor, with each group.
  • Report and communicate regularly with Supervisor.

Academic and Job Experience Required:

B.A. in related field (Social Work, Counselling) plus one to two years’ experience working with at-risk or multi-barriered youth.                                             

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
  • Standard first aid certificate and CPR
  • Valid Class 4 Driver’s License
  • Use of own vehicle required with Business Insurance. Paid mileage.
  • Driver’s Abstract
  • Flexible work schedule; overnight trips; evenings and some weekends.

Desired Requirements:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the challenges of at-risk youth regarding their lifestyle, school, behavior & substance use.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate groups of youth in school and community settings.
  • Knowledge or experience with youth development strategies and programming. Trauma informed practice recommended.
  • Problem solving and conflict management skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of recreational outdoor activities, community-service projects and alternative/adventure activities, such as camping, whitewater rafting, climbing, hiking & skiing.
  • Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Certification
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with the public school system (grade 7 -12) and other Chilliwack service providers.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with youth and adults, including parents, volunteers, secondary school teachers and other school staff, as well as other educational professionals.
  • We require the candidate to be able to connect particularly with Aboriginal, newcomer, and LGBTQ2S* youth, to ensure they feel safe, supported and connected.


  • Carson Vogt, Coordinator, Learning to Lead Program
Salary Range:     $23.31/hour – $26.53/hour, Plus .58/hour worked in lieu of benefit

“PCRS fosters an environment that ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.”

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