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Recruitment #21-002599-0005




Current vacancies in all facilities listed below:

Green Ridge Youth Center
10700 Fifteen Mile Creek Road
Flintstone, MD 21530 

Backbone Mountain Youth Center 
124 Camp 4 Road
Swanton, MD 21562 

Mountainview Youth Center
124 Camp 4 Road
Swanton, MD 21562 

Garrett Children's Center
164 Freedom Lane
Lonaconing, MD 21539

Main Purpose of Job

The DJS Resident Advisor Trainee position is the entry level of work responsible for providing supervision and guidance to the youth residing in a facility that is operated by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.


  • Learns to observe individual and group behaviors and to determine when intervention or guidance is needed by the youth under his/her care;
  • Learns to intervene in situations involving agitated or overwrought youth to prevent fights and to de-escalate potentially harmful behaviors, learns to suggest alternative ways of reacting to problems, and may be required to physically restrain youth;
  • Learns to promote an environment conducive to learning helpful alternative behaviors by encouraging communication among youth and staff, guiding and critiquing group discussions, offering advice at appropriate junctures and serving as a mentor and role model for resident youth;
  • Learns to monitor the behavior of youth and assist them in complying with daily and weekly schedules of attending classes, completing school assignments, sleeping, eating and performing personal hygiene tasks;
  • Learns to record behavior observations, prepare progress and incident reports on assigned youth for review by supervisors, and recommend behavioral sanctions;
  • Learns to inspect residence areas for safety, security and cleanliness;
  • Learns to assess inappropriate behaviors and recommend behavioral sanctions to supervisors;
  • Attends in-service training on topics, such as crisis prevention, suicide prevention, emergency medical treatments, and behavioral modification models to maintain knowledge of childcare needs, counseling methods and trends in the juvenile justice field and to obtain and maintain certification;
  • Learns to assess emergency and crisis situations, make appropriate contacts and referrals, and provide interim emergency medical and other assistance until specialized assistance is available;
  • May be assigned to a cottage or dormitory post at night;
  • May accompany youth to community service activities outside the facility;
  • Performs other related duties.
  • When assigned to the Youth Centers: Learns to function as a member of the treatment team for individual youth and provide input and information to the DJS Case Management Specialist for inclusion in monthly progress reviews; Learns to implement, help to evaluate and recommend modifications to youth treatment plans; Learns to facilitate daily behavioral modification meetings in the absence of the DJS Case Management Specialist;
  • Performs other related duties.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: None.

Note: The above educational requirement is set by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission in accordance with the Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209, Annotated Code of Maryland.


1. Employees in this classification must complete and successfully pass the Entrance Level Correctional Training Course for DJS staff required for the Maryland Correctional Training Commission certificate during the probationary period.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. In accordance with the Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Maryland Correctional Training Commission shall establish the minimum qualifications for probationary or permanent appointment of a Department of Juvenile Services employee in a mandated position. These requirements are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations, general regulations of the Maryland Correctional Training Commission, and include:

  • U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status
  • Must be at least 21years of age
  • A thorough background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing
  • An oral interview, and
  • Physical and psychological examinations.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Applicants must provide sufficient information on their application to demonstrate that they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Successful candidates will be placed on an eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.

As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.  Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12-month period.  This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online applications are STRONGLY preferred. However, if the online application process is not available, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) using fax number (410) 333-4188 addressed to the attention of Heather Roach.

If you choose to fax your application, you must include the following information on each page of the application:

  • First and Last name
  • Recruitment number (located at the top of the bulletin)
  • And the last 4 digits of your social security number.

Faxed applications must be received by no later than 11:59 p.m. EST by the closing date.
Applications received after the filing deadline will not be considered. Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact DJS Office of Human Resources (before the closing deadline) by email at  Include the position title and job number in the subject line.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.