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Juvenile Relief Worker - Guaranteed Attendance Program (GAP) - Temporary Pool

Marion County
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Juvenile Relief Worker - Guaranteed Attendance Program (GAP) - Temporary Pool


$23.70 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Part-Time Relief/On-Call

Job Number





Juvenile Youth Services

Opening Date


Closing Date

9/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit



Marion County Juvenile Department is recruiting for part-time, temporary/on-call relief workers to provide vacation, illness, school breaks, and vacancy coverage in several department programs.

Please Note:  Juvenile Relief Workers selected to work in the Guaranteed Attendance Program may also work in Detention, but they are not eligible to also work in Alternative Programs.  If you already work as a Juvenile Relief Worker in Alternative Programs, you are not eligible to work for the Guaranteed Attendance Program or Detention. 
 Only information provided in the employment application will be considered when determining whether an applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the recruitment.
Attention Marion County or Former Marion County Employees:  You must include your Marion County work experience in the application.

Please include volunteer experience (working with youth) in the work experience section of your application and include "VOLUNTEER" at the end of the job title.

  • This assignment is an entry-level classification in the field of Juvenile Justice.
  • This assignment allows for flexible schedule for those in college or working another job.
  • This assignment provides direct experience with juveniles that are often required or preferred in positions in Juvenile Justice.
  • This assignment allows college students to gain valuable insight, training, and networking opportunities within the field of Juvenile Justice.
  • Relief staff work a variety of shifts and days to cover pre-scheduled vacations and holidays, as well as provide coverage for sick calls and additional staff needs. Relief staff are also required to attend mandatory annual trainings and scheduled meetings.
  • There are no guaranteed hours, but relief can work up to 1,040 hours per fiscal year.
  • This assignment is not represented by a union.
Guaranteed Attendance Program (GAP)
A staff-secured voluntary shelter care facility that serves Court involved Marion County juveniles, ages 12 – 17. All youth have a JCP Risk Assessment score of Medium Risk or higher at entrance.
GAP has the capacity to house 21 youth in two separate gender specific buildings. The program operates from 3:00pm – 8:30 am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and holidays. All youth placed in the GAP program have day programs elsewhere during the weekdays including: public schools, alternative schools, Marion County Alternative Programs (Matrix, Market or FUEL), or jobs in the community. Youth return to GAP in the afternoon and spend evenings, nights and weekends here.
GAP provides a safe, structured and caring living environment where youth have opportunities to learn new skills to make positive changes. During the evening hours and on weekends, youth participate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skill building groups and practice putting these skills to work to effectively handle peer and adult interactions. Youth who are placed in GAP generally stay for 90 days, but can remain in the program longer if the youth and family are willing and if the local Resource Committee sees this as the best plan. There is no cost to the youth or family while participating in the program.
Youth who are not appropriate include: actively aggressive youth who pose a safety threat to other youth and staff in the program; actively suicidal youth who need one on one staff observation; predatory sex offenders; and youth who are unable to cognitively process skill building groups, including severe traumatic brain injuries and youth with low IQ's.
Types of Services Provided
GAP follows a Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS) model and provides a set of services to youth that meets requirements set by the State of Oregon. Weekly, each youth receives:
  • One hour of individual skill building or individual counseling
  • Five hours of any combination of group skill building, family counseling, individual counseling or individual skill building
  • Two community outings
  • Daily recreation
When youth enter the program, the youth and family are involved in creating an Initial Service Plan (ISP) that forms the basis for interventions while in GAP. The counselor completes a written assessment within 45 days and another planning meeting occurs to write a Master Service Plan (MSP).
Works under the direct supervision of the GAP program supervisor who assigns work, establishes goals and reviews work for conformance to established standards and statutes.
Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of positions in this classification; however, may oversee the duties of volunteers assisting in the programs.


Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following


  1. Provides orientation for incoming youth and assists in making the initial adjustment to the program; provides ongoing direction to youth; acts as a positive role model for youth; attends to daily needs of juveniles.
  2. Prepares paperwork required by policy for juvenile offenders; supervises and writes evaluations of individual juvenile's behavior and performance as observed by daily contact and supervision methods including daily grading/scoring; writes behavior/incident reports as required.
  3. Assists in the intake process; may conduct routine wand or clothed pat searches; assesses whether juvenile is in need of medical attention; secures juvenile's personal effects, currency, and contraband and issues receipt; prepares necessary paperwork.
  4. Maintains order and respect for authority; observes and anticipates potentially hostile behavior of juvenile offenders and takes necessary preventative action.
  5. Responds to emergency situations and interacts to diffuse aggressive situations; handles difficult and specialized discipline problems by using corrections techniques and established disciplinary controls.
  6. Ensures safety, reports improperly functioning building apparatuses and faulty equipment; cleans facilities, clothing, bedding and equipment as needed; performs minor equipment and vehicle maintenance.
  7. Facilitates and/or co-facilitates evidence-based programming; supervises youth on outings in the community; oversees community projects on occasion.
  8. Works a variety of hours; may work different shifts or weekend hours on a variable schedule; remains alert and observant during shifts; is punctual in reporting for shifts.
  9. Transports or provides for transportation of juveniles as needed.
  10. Operates a motor vehicle in the performance of duties; maintains a current Oregon Driver's License and an acceptable driving record.
  11. Maintains the security of the facility including key and equipment control; conducts inspections, security checks and searches; follows department and program policies and procedures; supervises visitors.
  12. Provides information on individual youth to probation staff, caseworkers or medical personnel as requested; exhibits clear communication both verbally and in writing; maintains confidentiality.
  13. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, families, and the public; exhibits cooperative behavior.


Requirements for the Position


  1. Two (2) years of college course work in Juvenile Justice, Sociology, Psychology, or a related field; OR
  2. Two (2) years' experience (paid or unpaid) working with juveniles or at-risk youth; OR
  3. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience relevant to the position.
  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history.  Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business.  The policy can be found at:
  • This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at:
  • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
  • Final candidates selected for this position may be required to pass a pre-employment psychological examination by a county-appointed practitioner.
  • This is a part-time, temporary/on-call relief position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • This position is not represented by a union.
  • Works in a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation, with rotating shift schedules and work stations. This includes working day and swing shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime as required. Work schedule is determined based on the needs of the department.
Knowledge of juvenile behavior and corrections techniques used in working with juvenile offenders; knowledge of security procedures and first aid; ability to learn juvenile laws in the State of Oregon; ability to implement techniques with juvenile offenders in a group setting; knowledge of minor equipment maintenance; knowledge of outdoor skills (such as wood cutting or carpentry) or ability to learn such skills; ability to communicate effectively with juveniles, co-workers and supervisory staff both in oral and written form; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to keep records; ability to develop effective working relationships with other agencies, co-workers and the public; ability to use sound, practical and fair judgment in assessment and decision making; ability to drive a motor vehicle; ability to work on a flexible schedule.

Operates a motor vehicle and maintains an acceptable driving history; sees using depth perception; stands; sits; moves about the work area; bends forward; climbs 1 floor of stairs; reaches overhead; restrains out of control youth; drags, grasps, twists and turns; lifts up to 75 lbs.; pushes/pulls up to 125 lbs.; moves carts on wheels; carries up to 50 lbs. for up to 25 feet; operates a keyboard; speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; hears a normal speech level; works in areas exposed to noise; climbs ladders and/or scaffolds; works with cleaning and office chemicals; high probability of exposure to blood/body fluids.


Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

Marion County
PO BOX 14500

Salem, Oregon, 97309
(503) 566-3949

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