Youth Shelter Counselor

Job Title: Youth Shelter Counselor

Description: The Briarpatch Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is recruiting a full-time (40 hours per week) counselor. The position will work primarily the 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. shift in our shelter for runaway and homeless youth.


  • Requires a minimum of Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of two (2) years fulltime experience working or volunteering with teens. A background in education, social work, or human services is preferred.
  • Experience working in a youth shelter or group home setting is preferred along with the ability to work with youth from diverse cultures and backgrounds.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the daily activities of youth staying in the Briarpatch Youth Shelter.
  • Records documentation of client services and required paperwork in accordance with state licensing rules and agency standards.
  • Helps youth staying in the shelter with meal preparation, completion of daily chores, completion of laundry and similar household responsibilities as needed.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of shelter policies and procedures.
  • Provides brief counseling to youth staying in the shelter.
  • Supervises shelter clients during recreational outings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Hours: 40 hours per week working primarily the 4:00p – 12:00a shift. Days of work will Sunday-Thursday or as arranged after employment begins.

Transportation: Must have a valid driver’s license and a driving record that allows for operation of agency-owned vehicles.

Compensation Package:

Starting wage is $17.10 per hour. Benefits include: health, dental, life, & disability insurance; 11 paid holidays; SEP/403B plan; flex spending account; mileage
reimbursement; and very generous paid time off.

To apply, candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to:

Briarpatch Youth Services

Attn: Briarpatch Jobs

2720 Rimrock Road

Madison, WI 53713-3337

Or Email:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Organization: Briarpatch Youth Services

Job Location: Madison, WI