Fly-in/Fly-Out Child and Youth Caregiver (CYC-G) - Fort Smith, NWT

Live-in, Rotational (12 weeks on / 12 weeks off) - Starting Compensation: $12,600.00 / 12 week rotation - Child & Youth Caregiver
Ref: 34 Date Posted: Wednesday 16 Sep 2020
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Passionate about working with children and youth? Can you demonstrate that you are self-motivated, creative, organized, engaging, practical and ethical? If so, consider joining our team as a fly-in / fly-out Child and Youth Caregiver (CYC-G) at the Polar Crescent Group Foster Home in Fort Smith, NWT. Polar Crescent is a group foster care program for youth of all ages, but focusing on younger children from infancy to adolescence. In this unique program design, CYC-G’s travel to NWT for 12 week rotations, living in and working at the facility. Travel and housing costs are covered while on site and compensation rates are progressive.

Specific Duties

  • Build healthy relationships with youth in the residence by taking an interest in their lives, providing positive reinforcement for their behaviours, building their self-esteem and negotiating focused goals
  • Work with each youth to achieve personal goals set through their plan of care
  • Maintain a safe environment which may include emergency procedures, crisis intervention and non-violent physical intervention techniques.
  • Promote a friendly, supportive environment for co-operative living and conflict resolution skills.
  • Support the preparation and delivery of therapeutic life skills including preparing and facilitating therapeutic, recreational and cultural-based group programming.
  • Maintain logbook, client files, incident reports, and other reports.
  • Provide leadership in building and sustaining effective service partnerships with the network of community services and community members.
  • Bring energy, enthusiasm and a genuine desire to improve the well-being of young people in care to the job.


  • 1- 3 years’ experience working with children/youth in a group care setting.
  • A Diploma or Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Care, Human Services or a related discipline.
  • Experience working with younger children (0-5) considered an asset.
  • Valid CPR, First Aid, WHMIS, Food Handlers Certification, and unrestricted Drivers License are required.
  • NVCI and ASIST are considered assets.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and facilitate activities and programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and autonomously.
  • Demonstrated ability to be resilient, adaptable and resourceful.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated understanding and sensitivity to the intergenerational impacts of colonialism and residential schooling in Canadian indigenous communities.
  • Supervisory / Management experience considered an asset.
  • Experience working and living in a remote community considered an asset.
  • Successful candidates are responsible for providing a clear criminal reference check, vulnerable sector screening, clear driver’s abstract, Hep A & B screening, as well as clear tuberculosis skin test.

Anticipated Start:                 ASAP
Starting Compensation:        $12, 600.00 / 12 week rotation

About Shift

Shift is a specialized care operator. Founded in 2011, our organization has developed a unique model for the management and staffing of complex care facilities in some of Canada's most remote locations. With a strong focus on supporting children & youth, we incorporate cultural and on-the-land opportunities, paired with experiential learning and trauma-informed care. Our programs in Nunavut and NWT are driven by a leading team of professionals from across the country.


Located in Fort Smith, NWT, Polar Crescent is a six-bed/24-hour group foster care facility for youth ranging from infancy to 18. Incorporating meaningful opportunities for growth through play and creativity, this therapeutic program offers holistic and trauma-informed care designed to reconnect youth with their family and community. Polar Crescent is proudly operated by Shift. Learn more at

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