Jobs Youth Detention Worker -- MALE

Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center

$16 - $/hour


629 6th Avenue, Council Bluffs

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The Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center, located in Council Bluffs, is looking for full-time male, Youth Detention Worker.

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 incumbent in this position will work the 3pm-11pm shift.

Pay for this position is currently $16/hr., but will increase to $18.50 July 1, 2022.

Weekend differential pay of .50/hr. is offered.

Lead staff pay of $1.50/hr. offered, when position assumes role of supervisor, if supervisor is scheduled to be off.

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

Dispense medication

Conduct group sessions

Guide the juveniles through daily programming

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability


Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

High School Diploma or equivalent (prefer college hours). 

Must be able to pass a thorough background check, physical agility test and drug screening.

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
5 Years with Pottawattamie County