CURRENT VACANCY INFORMATION
The Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine is accepting applications for Juvenile Program Workers. Applications may be kept on file for a period of six months and may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
You can affect change in the lives of Maine’s proven risk youth.
As a Juvenile Program Worker at Long Creek Youth Development Center, you are part of a unique, supportive team within Maine Department of Corrections. Juvenile residents need you to provide them with a safe, secure environment in which they can learn, develop, and practice the skills needed for success. You will be a role model, life coach, and positive, supportive adult. You will provide direct supervision, security, assistance, and accountability while engaging with Maine’s proven risk youth.
Starting Pay: $22.95/hr.\* + Night and Weekend Shift Differentials + Premium Overtime.
Min. Qualifications: HS diploma or equivalent, at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver’s license. We value lived experience and credible messengers. A limited criminal history will be reviewed and may not eliminate you (most traffic violations are OK).
- Are invested in working with juvenile residents.
- Can balance safety and behavioral rehabilitation.
- Prioritize teamwork and support each other
We are the ONLY secure juvenile justice center in Maine, offering 17 programs for juvenile residents in our care that support their behavioral rehabilitation, educational attainment, and workforce development skills. Our team’s days are varied - you may find yourself supervising units, attending class, helping with homework, supporting culinary or shop classes, using de-escalation skills to help a youth in crisis, joining in a resident/staff basketball game or having meals together.
JPW’s at Long Creek will find camaraderie and a sense of belonging as they join a team invested in increasing public safety through improved outcomes for proven risk youth. A JPW is a foundation to a rewarding career within the DOC, or collateral agencies, for those interested in public safety, social work, behavioral health, case management, probation, law enforcement, acuity care, adolescent development, advocacy, and psychology.
- 3 days on, 4 days off and 4 days on, 3 days off in a two-week pay period
- 12-Hour Shifts with some Nights and Weekends required
- Guaranteed at least 5 hours of Premium Overtime each pay period
- Ample opportunity to request additional Overtime shifts
- Long Creek Youth Development Center is a 24/7/365 facility
We’ll Prepare you to be Career-Ready in Weeks, not Years
- Six-week Basic Corrections Training Program with Maine Criminal Justice Academy certification.
- Learn de-escalation, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and defense techniques.
- Two weeks of on-the-job training.
- Ongoing coaching and mentoring
- Support and professional development.
- Opportunities for career advancement
- Eligible to join the Honor Guard
- Paid job shadow program available prior to BCTP commitment. Contact HR for details.
- Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurances
- Eligible to retire at 55 when meeting the minimum years of service
- Great retirement plan w/health insurance benefits
- 3+ Weeks of Vacation
- 13 paid Holidays per year
- 12 days of Paid Sick Leave
- Free meals are available during your shift.
- On-Site Fitness Room and Gym
- Off-Site Gym Reimbursement
No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:
- Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
- Health Insurance Coverage– The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
- Health Insurance Premium Credit– Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
- Dental Insurance– The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
- Retirement Plan– The State of Maine contributes 19.63% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
- Gym Membership Reimbursement– Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
- Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts– Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
- Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness– The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
- Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
- Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Voluntary Deferred Compensation– Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
- Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.
Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
Job Type: Full-time
- Veteran's Preference: Maine law provides a preference to qualified veterans and Gold Star spouses by ensuring they are offered an interview. If you are a veteran or Gold Star spouse and wish to take advantage of this preference, please indicate by checking the appropriate box below. Documentation is required. * For more information, visit http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/veteran.htm
- High school or equivalent (Required)
- Driver's License (Required)
Work Location: One location