Child & Youth Worker – Life Skills

Job No: SN200256
Location: North Vancouver


Due to COVID 19, the start date for the position will be determined thru Provincial Health Guidance.

CLOSES:  September 17, 2020
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.


The scope of this senior level position is two-fold 1) to manage a caseload of youth at risk and in care and 2) to design and deliver life skills workshops to children and youth in the Squamish Nation community at large. The essence of the position is to work one-on-one with assigned youth in order to build strong relationships of trust and provide moral, emotional and cultural support much the same as a “big brother/sister” would. The position is intended to assist youth as they mature towards the age of majority, helping, in particular, with basic life skills such as shopping for groceries, managing a household budget and maintaining personal hygiene and health. S/he also protects the child in potentially frightening situations (e.g. supervised visits with natural parents or court/ probation officer appearances). The incumbent is responsible for working with youth in a way that achieves the “case plans” as designed by Case Social Workers and other members of the interdisciplinary case management team. The level of work requires dealing with youth behavior ranging from withdrawal to aggressive and violent. This position specializes in life skills and works with boys and girls age infant to 12 to 16 years of age but may be required to work with any age child.


         Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Receives new case assignments based on area of specialty (life skills).
  • Manages active caseload of child and youth files.
  • Supports children and youth at risk.
  • Coordinates and facilitates “supervised visits”.
  • Follows procedure and maintains case records.
  • Delivers a mandatory life skills component to every Youth-in-care who is coming of age.
  • Organizes life skills programs for groups of children and youth in the community.
  • Plans events and functions as requested by Manager, Child, Youth and Community Awareness (e.g. Rights of Passage Ceremony, Ayatey Youth Cultural Immersion Program), as required.
  • Participates in coordination of division events (e.g. Annual Summer Program).
  • Supports and learns Squamish Nation Culture.
  • Attends conferences and promotes awareness of division.
  • Contributes cooperatively to the Squamish Nation Child and Family team to achieve position and department goals.


    Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:
  • Diploma in Life Skills, Social Services or relevant field from a recognized post-secondary institution. May consider numerous, up-to date training courses from the Justice Institute that specialize in child and youth development or child abuse and neglect as substitute for Bachelor’s degree.
  • 2 - 3 years of directly-related experience in the majority of specialties listed in the job description including life skills training, youth mentorship, counseling, caseload management and Squamish Nation culture.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to area of specialty such as life skills, medicine wheel, wellness, grief and loss issues, motivation, child & youth mentoring, fetal alcohol syndrome, life planning and problem analysis.
  • Strong knowledge of Squamish Nation culture, traditions and heritage is a definite asset.
  • Experience as an intermediate user MS Offices, the Internet, etc.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is preferred.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s Licence Class 4 or 5, Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance that meets company policy. May be willing to consider incumbent that has regular access to a vehicle (i.e. 2-3 times per week as needed).
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required, occasionally with limited advance notice.
  • Must be able to travel as required.
  • Must provide a valid Criminal Records Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search per Squamish Nation Policy.
  • May be willing to consider a trainee incumbent, with a Certificate in relevant/related field or will complete within set timeframe, plus a minimum of 6 - 12 months of relevant/related experience as described above, programs/group work, planning/coordination of events, etc; as well as capacity/fit for the position, that allows the opportunity for growth, capacity building, etc of the trainee. Where the incumbent will progress from trainee to full C&Y Worker position, responsibilities and salary, upon completion of additional education, work experience, additional training, etc.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting & are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Wage: $43,995 to $51,758 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package. A trainee incumbent will receive a salary below the above, where salary will increase over time with completion of education, experience and/or training.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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