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Work with us!

If you love working with youth, we consider these some of the best opportunities in Nova Scotia. We are seeking compassionate, engaging individuals that are ready to journey with a young person as they take steps forward, face challenges, and find their place in their community. Through the work, you can display the uniqueness of who you are while partnering with youth from many backgrounds and experiences. We welcome your contribution to the vision, goals, values, and guiding principles of the Portal Youth Outreach Association. Consider joining us in the adventure!

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Opportunities with us

Your personal resilience and ability to act decisively and with sound judgment in routine matters or crisis situations are critical. Our work in the community, at the Portal, and in our homes or housing programs differs substantially from traditional office settings, where you will facilitate and maintain awareness to provide safety and security for youth, visitors, employees, and the public. While we take precautions, children and youth may demonstrate pain-based responses where Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) techniques may be required to ensure a safe environment. We provide training and coaching to all staff to provide the best support for youth and a satisfying experience for staff.

Portal Youth Outreach Association is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. We celebrate and welcome the diversity of all employees, stakeholders, and external personnel. We welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application.

The Portal has various positions: full-time salaried, full-time shift positions, part-time, casual or relief, seasonal, contract and summer. Recruitment and training of staff strive to provide support for youth and families from a strengths-based and relationship-based perspective. Given that many youths may be facing multiple and complex challenges, working from a trauma-informed lens is critical. Employees need to come prepared with this training and perspective or participate in such training. Our work is youth-centred and youth engaged with the hope that youth choice in the direction of their lives.

Please include a cover letter with your resume that outlines why you would be an excellent addition to our dynamic team. Submit applications with the position name in the subject line to . Only applicants that will be invited to an interview will be contacted.

Required Employment Paper Work

This can be completed online or mailed in when you submit an application. Takes a few weeks to process, and it is mailed to the applicant. 

Please feel free to provide an update on your credentials by completing our checklist. Not all certifications or courses are needed for all positions. 

If you live in Kentville and area, please download it here. This form must be submitted through our office.

“One of best aspects of working at the Portal is buidling relationships with youth. Both in the challenging times and during sucessess”
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