DHS Residential Counselor I & II


Residential Counselor I and II DHS Program – All shifts & Relief

SUPERVISED BY Program Coordinator and Program Manager


Excellent medical benefits
Life Insurance
Exceptional Retirement Plan
Paid Vacation
Paid Sick Leave
Paid Holidays


Hourly rate begins at $14.50 an hour with a shift differential of .50 cents for overnight


Residential Counselors provide a structured, consistent and respectful therapeutic environment using a trauma informed and collaborative approach that supports our core value that youth will do well if they are able to. This role is fundamental in modeling and counseling youth in our programs in daily living skills as well as coaching them in practicing skills that will encourage a more effective way of getting their fundamental needs met. Many of these skills are demonstrated by supporting youth through the challenges of living together and maintaining a healthy, safe, and clean communal living environment.

Residential Counselors are required to help create a milieu that is based on accountability, honesty and willingness to be involved in a group reflective and restorative process to help youth and adults address harm and where possible create opportunities for repair of that harm in the milieu.

Residential Counselors work as part of a team with the Therapist and Case Manager/Supervisor modeling feedback for youth and each other as well as maintaining adherence to the agencies policies and procedures.

As part of the team at Parrott Creek, Residential Counselors training includes but is not limited to, effective group and individual skill building, de-escalation of crisis situations, milieu management, appropriate supervision of youth, facilitation of day to day residential living, activity planning and execution.

As part of the professional development of the position and in order to accomplish the above tasks; residential counselors will learn about various therapeutic and skill building processes, including Restorative Justice Principles and Practice, DBT and mindfulness and be trained in skill building groups to utilize collaborative problem solving (CPS). CPS is a trauma informed behavioral intervention technique.

The Residential Counselor position allows for advancement as part of the team at Parrott Creek. Counselors as they are successful in training, acquire more skills, take on more responsibilities and demonstrate proficiency, have the opportunity of advancing in their position.

Supervise Youth on-site and on outings in the community.
Co-facilitate Community Circles
Co-facilitate Skills Groups as assigned.
Work with youth cooperatively in experiential skill building such as gardening, music, maintaining a pleasant environment for youth and staff.
Practice Mindfulness daily with youth
Ensure adherence to program rules, routines and procedures.
Plan and facilitate daily activities for social, emotional and physical development.
Cook meals when necessary.
Follow agency procedures for routine and emergency medical care of youth.
Record all residential services to youth according to agency procedures.
Pass information to other Parrott Creek staff in a timely, approved and appropriate fashion.
Transport youth.
Intervene appropriately in crisis situations.
Attend mandatory staff meetings and trainings.
Complete required paperwork, i.e., time sheets, paperwork requested by HR.
Perform duties as assigned by supervisor which may include light janitorial duties.

Engage in problem solving with youth.
Engage in Individual Skill Building with assigned youth as needed.
Facilitate Community Circles
Facilitate Skill Groups for youth.
Assist in maintaining the daily schedule and adjust the schedule as needed to respond to the milieu
Assist in training new employees by taking on a mentorship role.

Able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Able to stand 4-6 hours at a time.
Computer experience, proficiency with Microsoft Office preferred.
Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Ability to walk over uneven terrain.
Work cooperatively within a team.
Have a valid Oregon Driver’s License and good driving record.
Be able to drive a 12-seat passenger van.

Dependent on position an Associates Degree plus experience working with youth, Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred; experience in a residential setting or working with adolescents preferred.

Ability to pass a DHS background and fingerprint check.

Current First Aid, CPR certification and Food Handlers’ card, mandatory upon hire.

Duties are performed in an office, residential and community settings.
This position is hourly and non-exempt.
This position is considered Essential for the purposes of weather related attendance.

To Apply

Interested candidates please:
send resume and cover letter to resumes@pcreek.org or
mail to 1001 Molalla Avenue #209, Oregon City, OR 97045 or
fax to 503-655-8908