Teton Youth and Family Services employs approximately 70 people. Benefits of employment include challenging, meaningful work, a positive work environment with great staff, and good experience and training for professional development (the most common reason for employees leaving is to go to graduate school). Full-time employees receive health and dental insurance and paid vacation.

Van Vleck House

Van Vleck House currently has openings for youth counselors who provide supervision and structure to the residents in the Group Home and Crisis Shelter.   Contact Arty Polo apolo@tyfs.org or 307-733-6440.


The Van Vleck House is seeking a dynamic individual to join our Youth Counselor Staff. This position provides the opportunity to work in an active and challenging environment while helping youth to find their way to more fulfilling and constructive lives.

Position responsibilities:  Youth Counselors are responsible for the daily care and supervision of our residents, building therapeutic relationships with our clients and creating a safe and predictable environment. Creating this environment requires establishing healthy boundaries, reinforcing choices and behaviors through the use of natural and logical consequences, helping residents develop internal self-control by highlighting new growth and change as well as engaging in enriching activities. Youth Counselors work in shifts up to 14 hours long including overnights.

Qualifications: Prior experience working with youth preferred. College degree preferred.

Hirschfield Center for Children

Hirschfield Center for Children has fewer staff members than Van Vleck House or Red Top Meadows and therefore hires less frequently. Contact Director  Chris Moll, cmoll@tyfs.org or 307-733-7946.

JH Leadership Summer Program

Our summer program goes out for a week at a time during different weeks in the summer and we are always looking for the summertime help. If you are interested, contact Jeremy Silcox, Leadership Coordinator at jsilcox@tyfs.org .

Ideal candidates will be:
  • At least 21 years of age and CPR/First-Aid certified at minimum.
  • Passionate about and experienced in working with young people in the outdoors.
  • Comfortable leading activities independently for groups of up to 16 children.
  • Able to maintain supervision and evaluate risk in a given moment in order to ensure participants’ safety during all activities.
  • Spanish language skills a plus!

We are seeking both part- and full-time staff members, seasonal June – September.

Working for JHLP provides a great atmosphere, dynamic coworkers, competitive pay, and other post-summer opportunities available within the organization.

Program Information: The Jackson Hole Leadership Program (JHLP) is a summer program for 9- to 15-year-olds located in Jackson, Wyoming. Through experiential activities in the outdoors, we seek to create fun and meaningful summer opportunities that build leadership, self-confidence, social skills, and positive decision-making. The program is divided into two phases:

  • Phase I: 9- to 11-year-olds (6 sessions throughout the summer)

o Monday: Games, icebreakers, and team-building initiatives.

o Tuesday: Low and high challenge course.

o Wednesday: Canoeing and kayaking in Grand Teton National Park.

o Thursday: Overnight camping trip.

o Friday: Hike in Grand Teton National Park to Taggart Lake, followed by Closing Ceremony with participants and families.

  • Phase II: 12- to 15-year-olds (Four weeks of programming for girls and boys)

o Five-day, four-night overnight experiences, including a three-day, two-night backpacking trip, culminating in an adventure day that may include, white water rafting, adventure ropes course or rock climbing.

For more information or to apply please contact:
Jeremy Silcox at 307-733-6440, jsilcox@tyfs.org

Red Top Meadows

Red Top Meadows regularly recruits for 2 positions: Night Staff and Child Care Worker. Child Care Workers are also our Wilderness Instructors. Job descriptions for these three positions follow. Occasionally Red Top is in need of teachers certified in secondary or special education, or a licensed therapist. Contact Ted Nichols at tnichols@tyfs.org or 307-733-9098.


Core teacher for Language Arts, American Studies, World Studies / Geography, and Life Skills. Ideal candidates will:

  • Share teaching responsibilities for The Modern World & You, Reading & Writing Workshop, Physical Education, Educational Games & Initiatives, and Life Skills classes.
  • School Improvement Committee Member.
  • Provide high quality, standards and research based education to all students.
  • Attend to all aspects of the student’s wellbeing and growth within the classroom.
  • Work with classroom aides as partners in the classroom setting.
  • Actively collect and use assessments and assessment datum to inform instruction and to make adjustments that facilitate student learning.
  • For Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading & Writing Workshop, and Life Skills courses, review and/or design unit plans appropriate for our students and for meeting the Wyoming State Academic and Content Standards as indicated by the curriculum maps.
  • Work as part of a team to develop a curriculum map and unit plans for the Modern World & You, as well as Physical Education, Educational Games & Initiatives.  Gather input from faculty and staff in developing the LifeSkills curriculum.
  • Utilize the resources provided by the school and research internet and community-based resources to enrich the program.
  • Actively participate in the Individualized Education Program [IEP] process.  Maintain an awareness of student special needs.
  • Provide instruction and resources to classroom aids.

For more information on the position please contact Tom Concannon, tconcannon@tyfs.org or Kyle Knutson, kknutson@tyfs.org


Under the direct supervision of the Child Care Supervisor, the Night Person shall assume responsibility for the following areas:

  • Ensure security at Red Top Meadows during the nighttime hours.
  • Make frequent bed checks (every ten to fifteen minutes) to make sure each student is accounted for and safe. Keep written records of these checks.
  • Remain aware and alert at all times while on duty.
  • Wake students for school, prepare week-day breakfast according to menus planned.
  • Help students start their day positively by maintaining a pleasant, caring attitude, and a calm, respectful environment at breakfast.
  • Complete assigned minor maintenance or housekeeping responsibilities as scheduled or requested by a Child Care Supervisor.
  • Handle student issues that arise during the night and inform staff.

Minimum Requirements:  High School Diploma and the ability to relate to troubled youth. Shift Hours:  11:30 PM thru 8:30 AM


Under the direct supervision of the Child Care Supervisors, Child Care Workers assume the following responsibilities:

1. Participate in implementing student treatment plans, including but not limited to:

  • be knowledgeable of each student’s treatment issues, goals and skills.
  • develop a therapeutic relationship with students by being a positive, consistent, responsible, caring adult
  • be a good listener
  • help students relate daily issues and their daily lives to treatment issues, goals and skills
  • assist students with Stage System assignment
  • exchange information, perceptions and ideas regarding student’s behaviors and progress with supervisors, therapists and teachers
  • complete daily logs on students’ behavior

2. Supervise therapeutic, structured living environment including but not limited to:

  • supervise daily schedule i.e. mealtimes, free time, unit work, quiet hour, bedtime, and activities (supervising includes getting kids involved, involving yourself, observing, maintaining physical and emotional safety, and when appropriate #1 above)
  • conduct nightly room check until the night person arrives
  • perform daily checks on students’ rooms for cleanliness
  • supervise and help prepare meals
  • serve as a role model for appropriate adult behavior
  • enforce RTM student rules and provide consequences following appropriate procedures described in the staff handbook

3. Follow procedures for licensed child caring agencies, including but not limited to:

  • write major incident reports within 24 hours
  • keep accurate medical logs
  • store medications properly;
  • follow proper kitchen clean-up and food storage procedures
  • check smoke detector daily
  • conduct monthly fire drills
  • maintaining safety of students – see Staff Handbook for these and other procedures

4. Supervise the upkeep and maintenance of the RTM physical plant to insure:

  • cleanliness of living and eating area
  • grounds are neat and seasonal yard work is done
  • complete minor maintenance tasks as able and report others to the Director
  • assign and supervise student clean-up jobs, including unit work and major clean-up

5. Assist in classroom as directed by the teaching staff.

6. Continue professional development:

  • participate in ongoing Supervision with Child Care Supervisors throughout each shift, and in case supervision with RTM therapist twice per month
  • attend monthly all-staff meetings
  • attend scheduled in-service training
  • attend professional seminars as requested by the Director

Minimum requirements:  High School Diploma, preferably Bachelor’s Degree, patient, a good listener, energetic, self-assured, Certified First Aid and CPR.


Under the direct supervision of the Wilderness Program Director, Wilderness Instructors assume the following responsibilities:
1. Oversee the safety of students and other instructors while in the field, including but not limited to:

  • assess physical, mental and emotional abilities and limitations of trip participants including self and conduct hazard evaluation
  • teach and supervise safe use of equipment and activities
  • assess and perform necessary first aid
  • conduct search and rescue when necessary
  • develop evacuation plans and know when to use them
  • understand personal and professional liability
  • use common sense

2. Participate in implementation of student treatment plans including but not limited to:

  • be knowledgeable of each students treatment issues and goals
  • be a good listener as issues arise during the course of the day
  • help students relate daily issues to their treatment goals
  • complete daily logs
  • be aware of and use the students wilderness experience as a metaphor whenever possible
  • facilitate group discussions
  • facilitate problem solving and conflict resolution
  • develop relationships as caring, responsible adults with all students

3. Issue, care and maintenance of equipment before, during and after the wilderness experience.

4. Work cooperatively, genuinely and honestly with other staff.  Be a constructive team member.

5. Attend training’s as offered and/or required by RTM to maintain and improve the above skills.

Minimum Requirements: Wilderness First Aid Certification, CPR and must be easily able to care for oneself in the field. Completion of outdoor leadership program or equivalent preferred.

For more information or to send us a resume, visit the Contact Us page.

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