Fly-in/Fly-Out Child and Youth Caregiver - Fort Smith, NWT

Live-in, Rotational (12 weeks on / 12 weeks off) - Starting Compensation: $12,600.00 / 12 week rotation - Child & Youth Caregiver
Ref: 49 Date Posted: Friday 23 Apr 2021
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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 (CYCG) 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, CYCG’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, up to date immunization record, as well as clear tuberculosis skin test.

Anticipated Start:                 Immediate need
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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