Recreation Youth Counsellor

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  • Youth Services
  • Chilliwack

Traverse Program – Chilliwack (Job #8760 – 1901)

Regular Full Time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13)

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 a work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve.

PCRS is being funded by the Fraser Health Authority to deliver a recreation and resiliency leadership program for youth in the Fraser Region. The Traverse program helps foster the growth of leadership and resilience in youth while taking safe risks in nature. Three components of the program are weekly, resiliency group meetings; monthly learning/community-service events; and monthly alternative/adventure activities, while some groups may involve only recreation and team building.

Position Summary:

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

Applicants will be skilled in connecting with and counselling youth, collaborating with varied community partners and regional vendors to provide learning/service opportunities and adventure activities; working with school district or community service’s staff and administrators, including facilitation of resiliency group meetings; leading and mentoring youth in community service and alternative adventure activities; and being the knowledgeable, passionate face of ‘Traverse 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 Traverse staff.
  • Collaborate with community 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 the Supervisor.

Academic and Job Experience Required:

B.A. in a related field (Social Work, Counselling) plus 1-2 years’ experience working with youth with potential barriers to leadership growth including substance use.                                             

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
  • Valid emergency first aid certificate.
  • 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, behaviour & 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.


  • Danny Gray, Recreation Therapist, Traverse Program
Salary Range:     $23.31/hour – $26.53/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer paid)

“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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