Therapeutic Youth Worker- Mt Barker Junction Australia


  • 2X Part-time (0.13 FTE) permanent positions, Mount Barker
  • SCHaDS Crisis Accommodation Employee Level 1


About Us:

We are a growing and innovative social enterprise supporting around 10,000 South Australians each year through housing and community services. Seeking opportunities to build positive pathways and connected thriving communities, we are one of few South Australian organisations offering an integrated model of housing and support. Together, we are committed to effecting long-term positive change for those we work with and the communities we work in.

Together, we are improving lives and building strong, resilient, and connected communities.

The Opportunity:

Are you driven by the desire to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of young people? Here is a perfect opportunity to join our team as a Therapeutic Youth Worker. You would be playing a crucial role in supporting and empowering vulnerable young people to overcome challenges and thrive. Junction is seeking future talent who are passionate people and committed to guide young people while making an impact in their lives. The position available is for one of our residential houses based at Mount Barker for weekend day shifts.

The best part of this role is the ability for you to come in and really create a strong sense of home for our young people, assisting them in developing social and living skills and celebrating their successes along the way. You will get to plan daily activities, working closely with clients, while also liaising with government and non-government agencies as well as members of the community to advocate for continued access and support for activities and services.

A day in this role may include:

  • Facilitating client participation in a range of educational and recreational activities to enhance their physical, social, emotional and intellectual development;
  • Producing accurate case notes, interaction records, log entries, Client Incident Reports, and plans;
  • Maintaining the property in a clean and hygienic manner; and
  • Planning and preparing meals for children and young people in line with healthy food choices and safe food-handling requirements.


About you:

We are seeking a highly passionate professional who:

  • Holds an certificate IV in Youth Work, Child, Youth and Family Intervention, Community Services or equivalent (or working towards)
  • Has demonstrated experience in responding to trauma-related behaviours
  • Has the ability to work across 24/7 roster and undertake passive (sleepover) and active night shifts
  • Has sound interpersonal skills to effectively engage and establish rapport with clients, staff, and external agencies

What we offer:

  • Values-driven culture
  • Generous salary sacrifice benefits
  • 5 weeks of annual leave
  • Great professional development opportunities
  • A You are Amazing Day – an extra day of leave to spend however you want
  • A supportive, flexible work environment with paid parental leave and a strong focus on staff wellbeing
  • Access to wholesale prices on selected products at Harvey Norman
  • A NADIOC Day – an extra day of paid leave to attend NAIDOC celebrations

You will need to:

  • Complete our online application process
  • Undergo pre-employment testing as part of the recruitment process which will include psychological assessments
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Hold a current Safe Environments Certificate
  • Hold a current unencumbered Australian driver’s licence and be willing to drive
  • Be prepared to undertake Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training within 6 months of commencing with Junction


How to Apply:

Click on the Apply Now button to be redirected to our recruitment site. Please ensure you complete all questions before submitting your application. 

Applications Close: COB, Monday, 30 October 2023

For further confidential inquiries contact Kylie Degenhardt, Manager Operations, Growth & Innovation, Children & Youth Services on 0447 252 807.


Junction is an equal opportunity employer that embraces a culture of diversity. We encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people with disability, and people from every culture, gender and sexuality identity, age and ethnic background. Junction is committed to being a Child Safe organisation and has zero tolerance for child and family abuse.