Briarpatch Youth Services has an exciting job opportunity for a skilled professional.  The agency is a dynamic non-profit community organization that has served Dane County since 1971.  Briarpatch provides a broad array of services to more than 3,000 runaway, homeless, at-risk, and court-involved youth annually.


Job Title:

Youth Shelter Counselor




The Briarpatch Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is recruiting a full-time (40 hours per week) counselor to 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 full-time 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.


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


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



Starting Salary is $35,568 annually. Benefits include: health, dental, life, & disability insurance; 10 paid holidays; and 23 paid days off during the first year of employment.


To apply, candidates must submit a resume and cover letter

by 5:00 pm on January 31, 2020 to

Briarpatch Youth Services

Attn: Taylor Rozman

2720 Rimrock Road

Madison, WI 53713-3337

Or Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


No calls or recruiters please.



Briarpatch Youth Services is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.