Youth Counselor

Posted: 05/27/2024

Do you enjoy working outdoors? Do you have a passion for helping people, or you love to see youth and young adults work hard to reach their full potential?   Want to provide at-risk-youth with the tools to begin their process of change and be successful?  

Come work with us as a Youth Counselor and contribute to the positive transformation of the at-risk teens in our adolescent residential academy program located in Candor, NC!

**Day Shift, Night Shift, and PRN positions available, pay rates from $16.50 to $18.25

Make more than a Living, Make a Difference

Our Benefits: 

  • Low-Cost Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 19 days of Paid Time Off the first year
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Retirement savings plan with employer match up to 5%
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Paid short-term and voluntary long-term disability
  • Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary term life insurance

Extra Benefits:

  • Meals provided when on duty
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Overtime availability 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • A positive, supportive role model who guides and influences group activities on a consistent basis that enhances the youth's confidence and self-esteem. Youth Counselors ensure the progress and welfare of each client and the group through therapeutic programs. Responsible for staff secure supervision during the afternoon, evening, and sleeping hours.
  • Lead group of youth through a variety of daily activities while providing group and individual counseling, with an emphasis on strength-based development.  Ensure successful development of the youth through rational living cognitive behavioral therapy to help youth define their life goals and then help them achieve those goals-pointing out thinking errors and faulty cognitions along the way.


  • Must be 21 Years of Age or Older per DJJ Guidelines.
  • High school diploma or equivalent with a minimum of two years’ relevant experience working with youth is required. Bachelor's degree in social/behavioral services or outdoor recreation specialties is preferred.  2+ years of college in a social or human services can substitute youth experience requirement.  
  • Direct care in a therapeutic/rehabilitative setting preferred. 
  • Ability to travel about property, through wilderness terrain.  Must be able to pass evaluation of crisis intervention/physical restraint techniques and written certification exam, and use approved techniques as needed.  Must be able to participate in aquatic activities.  Ability to stand, sit or walk for extended periods of time.   Constant exposure to outdoors and/or weather conditions.   Responsible for the overall supervision and safety of clients.  Supervision may include shift work.  
  • Must be able to meet requirements for Eckerd’s Auto Insurance and be able to drive for business purposes.  Valid and appropriate driver’s license or state identification is required. 
  • Required to pass a drug screen in compliance with our Substance Abuse and Drug-Free Workplace policy.

 *This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties that may be performed by a person so classified.

About our Program:

Eckerd Connects' Short-Term Juvenile Justice Residential program is a complete rehabilitative experience delivered in 4 to 6 months to adjudicated male youth, ages 13 to 17, referred by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Division of Juvenile Justice. This residential treatment concept combines promising and evidence-based practices with a strong family transition component and signifies a public-private partnership with the Division of Juvenile Justice which has produced an innovative shift in the way youth are served in North Carolina's juvenile justice system. Intensive, short-term services include individualized treatment and academic plans that combine formal and experiential education, community service, behavioral health, and family counseling in a non-punitive environment designed to address the youth's behavioral challenges through a strength-based approach. Youth also receive accredited education on-site and work together in small group settings with assigned counselors.

Boys Residential Academy at Candor

500 E-Ku-Sumee Road 

Candor, NC  27229

Please follow the links for more information about this program: https://eckerd.org/juvenile-justice-services/residential-services/short-term-residential-services/

About Us Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v27raZcXMJU

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.   Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Relay Services Dial 711. Submit Requesthttps://eckerd.org/about-us/contact-us/     

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Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. ("Eckerd Connects") is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran. 

Eckerd Connects is a drug-free workplace and utilizes E-verify to confirm employment eligibility.