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Youth Residential Worker 1

at State of West Virginia

Pay: $21700 to $40145/year
$21700 - $40145
Posted: 9/6/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1676700
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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Nature of Work

Continuous Recruitment, Select Locations:   The DOP anticipates several vacancies in the near future for this classification.   This recruitment is not for a specific vacancy but to generate a pool of interested applicants.   Youth Residential Workers work exclusively in Elkins, WV at the West Virginia Children's Home.   Click here for their website. 

Nature of Work:  Under general supervision, an entry level position encompassing the redirection of youth behaviors through the use of therapeutic treatment plans, supervision, and monitoring of youth resident activities. Instructs youth residents on basic living skills and social skills. Works with others in overseeing the daily activities of disadvantaged youth, who are at high risk for substance abuse, admitted to a child care residential facility due to abuse, neglect, status offenses and/or delinquency. Ensures the safety and well-being of child residents. Requires 24-hour shift rotation, and an element of personal risk and physical danger is involved. Youth Residential Worker 1 is responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the residents. Youth Residential Worker 1 serves as a role model for the residential youth. A valid driver's license is required. Performs related work as required.

Click The APPLY Link Above To  Apply Online.  Do not use a paper application unless you cannot apply online. If you must use a paper application due to disability or other valid reason, please call our office 304-558-3950 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) for special instructions. 

IMPORTANT: Your eligible score will be based on information provided in your application; therefore, make sure your application is detailed and complete. You may attach a resume and other documents; however, you should NEVER enter "See Resume" on the application. You MUST complete ALL parts of the application, including the Work Experience section. NOTE:  Jobs on your application that do not have a salary amount will be considered volunteer and will NOT be counted as qualifying. Estimate salary if necessary.

Eligibility Length:  This posting is for a Continuous recruitment because of an expected need for applicants.  Applicants will be placed on a database of eligible applicants for 1 year.  You will only be eligible for vacancies in counties you select.  After 1 year applicants who remain interested in this job title MUST re-apply to be considered.  The Division of Personnel cannot say only with any certainty the location or number of future vacancies, only that the agency has expressed an anticipated hiring need.   If an applicant wishes more specific information about future hiring plans please contact the hiring agency directly. 

Job Interest Card:  This announcement is for one or more specific vacancies and only applies to the location(s) indicated.  Application for this job does not automatically qualify you for other positions. Be sure to submit your application for each position of interest.  To receive an email notice anytime jobs in this or other categories are posted, you may choose to complete a Job Interest Card from the slide-out menu located at the top left of our Job Opportunities page.

As a condition of employment, an inquiry into job-related information will be completed which may include, but not limited to, criminal records, abuse registry records, driving records, employment history, and education and training.  Failing to cooperate with this process, providing false and incomplete information, or discovery of disqualifying information will result in denial of or dismissal from employment or denial of transfer irrespective of when discovered.

Examples of Work


  • Supervises the daily activities of residential youths; assures proper grooming and personal hygiene; supervises attendance at meal periods; initiates and participates in indoor and outdoor recreational activities; assures cleaning of living areas by youths.
  • Provides basic instruction on life skills and personal hygiene.
  • Maintains security of the facility, and the safety, security and care of youths.
  • Conducts periodic search of facilities to assure security of premises.
  • Searches for contraband and prohibited articles.
  • Observes and records problematic behavior of residential youths.
  • Physically restrains youths involved in altercations or are deemed a risk to self or others.
  • Prepares reports on youth behavior for court purposes; files reports of damages to facility and property.
  • Operates laundry machines; prepares meals when necessary.
  • Participates in the daily program activities for youths.
  • Transports youth to various appointments and escorts youth to and from school.
  • Implements therapeutic treatment plans by monitoring, scheduling, and evaluating the youths' participation and completion of the planned behavior objectives.
  • Interacts with residents to facilitate development of living and social skills; reinforces positive behavior; offers alternatives to inappropriate behavior; listens and responds appropriately to resident requests and problems, giving feedback.
  • Encourages resident participation, while coordinating and participating in recreational and other activities.
  • Documents injuries to residents and staff; completes incident reports.
  • Plans recreation and other resident activities.
  • Participates in staff meetings, training sessions, resident case staffing, and other related meetings.
  • Meets with supervisor and other management staff as required.
  • Provides physical intervention techniques when required and directed by supervisor.
  • Reviews case recordings, staff notes, administrative regulations and memorandums.
  • Completes all paperwork including but not limited to: daily sign-in sheet, daily staff log, telephone call sheet, meal log.
  • Recognizes and responds to emergencies (or potential emergencies) such as fire, escapes, or power outages.
  • Conducts resident orientation and review of resident handbook; insures rights are maintained.

  • Knowledge of the legal rights of families and youth who are involved with the court system.
  • Knowledge of basic elements of personal hygiene and grooming.
  • Ability to learn behavior patterns and problem characteristics of disadvantaged youth.
  • Skilled in communicating effectively with juvenile offenders.
  • Ability to work effectively in problem situations.
  • Ability to interact with co-workers, residents and the public to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from a standard high school or equivalent


One year of full-time or equivalent part-time paid employment. Substitution: Successfully completed study in a regionally accredited college or university may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

NOTICE:  If you are claiming college or other post-high school education or license, you MUST attach or provide by mail a legible copy of your OFFICIAL education transcript, license or training record. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT UNTIL THIS VERIFICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED. To avoid missing a job opportunity, it is important that you provide this verification as soon as possible. You only have to provide this verification one time. It is not required with every application. Attach documents to the online application, or via email to:, FAX: 304-957-0396, or mail to: Division of Personnel, Building 3, Suite 500, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305.