Jobs Part-Time Youth Detention Worker

Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center

$16.5 - $/hour


629 6th Avenue, Council Bluffs

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The Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center, located in Council Bluffs, is looking for part-time Youth Detention Workers. This is an EXCELLENT opportunity for those interested in law enforcement, social work, criminal justice, mental health services, education, psychology, etc., to gain experience working with at risk youth.

The detention center is a 25-bed locked facility that houses both male and female juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

An individual in this position can expect to work part-time hours, flexible around other employment and college coursework. Shifts and hours available include days, evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays. 

Exciting changes coming July 1, 2023! The pay for this position will increase to $18.00/hr.! 

Other great benefits of this position include: 
- Weekend differential pay of .50/hr.
- Time and a half holiday pay
- Earned vacation
- Paid training
- Uniforms provided
- Potential for full-time advancement
- IPERS covered employment
- Paid internships

Please note, you MUST include 3 references with your application! 

Essential Functions

The Youth Corrections Worker is responsible for, but not limited to the following duties:

Ensuring the safety and security of all juveniles and the facility

The direct supervision and care of detained youth

Intake process of detained juveniles

Conduct group sessions

Guide the juveniles through daily programming

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

Experience working with youth preferred, but not required.

Ability to be a role model and positive influence for at risk youth. 


Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

High School Diploma or equivalent (prefer college hours).  

Must be able to pass a thorough background check, pre-employment health and drug screens.

I chose to work for Pottawattamie County because I knew it could be a place where I could spend the rest of my career.  They provide great benefits and are very competitive with wages.

Matt, Jail Maintenance Worker II
Buildings and Grounds
7 Years with Pottawattamie County