Youth Care Specialist/Juvenile Correctional Officer-Standby

at Reno County in Hutchinson, Kansas, United States

Job Description

Job Objectives: 

Provide a safe environment for the youth to learn socially acceptable behaviors.  This is done through supervision of the youth and teaching new ways of dealing with situations and people.  Provide physical, medical and emotional care to the youth while they are in the facility.  Responsibilities will include maintaining proper supervision, interpersonal relations, public social skills and security.


Essential Job Functions:

Ensure facility security and the safety of all youth and staff by strictly following all security policies and procedures and by always remaining alert and aware of the detention environment.  Monitor, document and properly communicate the observed physical and mental health of the detention youth.  Supervise all of the youths’ activities and manage youth behaviors by using the facility’s behavior management program.  Accurately complete all required and necessary records with legible handwriting, proper sentence structure and correct spelling.  Safely escort and transport, via facility vehicle, youth to and from court hearings and appointments.  Be a positive role model for the youth by always demonstrating appropriate behaviors both on and off duty.  Communicate and work as a team in a professional, respectful, positive and constructive manner.  Consistently demonstrate regular attendance and good punctuality.  Assist with facility maintenance and housekeeping.


Operate all job-related machinery, equipment, tools and other aids as required, necessary or needed in the performance of these job duties.


Work Environment:

75% indoors and 25% outdoors.  Surroundings are busy and sometimes noisy, occasionally potentially harmful situations arise (i.e., restraining an out of control youth). Vehicles are sometimes hot in summer and cold in winter.  Some risks may arise from youth illnesses, restraining youth, occasional physical and verbal abuse by residents, driving in bad weather, de-escalating an out of control youth and risk of gang violence.  Due to lack of proper hygiene, some youth may carry lice and communicable diseases.


This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice.


Reno County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Reno County is an at-will, equal opportunity employer. Reno County provides Family Medical Leave (FMLA) benefits to eligible, covered employees.  Reno County considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age (40+), disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status under local, state or federal law.  Reno County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities.  If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Reno County Human Resources by phone at 620-694-2982 or by email at personnel@renogov.orgApplications must be submitted on  You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.


Reno County prohibits employment of family members when such employment will create a situation where one person is in the direct chain of command and supervises, manages, or will be supervised or managed by another family member.  Family members are defined as spouses, biological parents, children and siblings, in-laws, grandparent, grandchildren, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, adoptive parents, children and siblings who share (or have shared) the same household, step-parents, step-children, and step-siblings who share (or have shared) the same household, or individuals with whom an employee has a close personal relationship such as domestic partners, cohabitants, and significant others.  Employees are expected to disclose relationships covered by this policy whenever they come into existence.

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Job Posting: 12532201

Posted On: May 26, 2023

Updated On: May 26, 2023

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