Youth Recovery Specialist

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Ames, IA

YSS is seeking full-time Youth Recovery Specialists for our residential addiction treatment facilities in Ames.

The Youth Recovery Specialist will supervise and care for residents of the house on a rotating on-duty, off-duty basis, while providing an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.  The Youth Recovery Specialist is responsible for the daily living routine and general management of the house so that each resident can grow and develop as an individual to his/her fullest capacity.

  • High school diploma/equivalent and one year of human service related experience is required.
  • Recovering applicants must have a minimum of two years of continuous sobriety to be considered for this position.
  • Must have a valid driver's license. Must be at least 21 years old to meet insurance requirements to drive agency vehicles.
  • Knowledge of the 12 Steps of AA/NA is very helpful.
  • Relates to residents in a caring, supportive, and therapeutic manner:
    • Takes an active interest in each resident as an individual and deals respectfully with his/her thoughts, feelings, and choices.
    • Respects the individual resident's rights to make his/her own decisions and to deal with the consequences and reactions to those decisions.
    • Supervises volunteers and substitute staff while on duty.
    • Assures proper coverage is available for the house.
  • Provides the necessary amount of structure to facilitate growth and productive functioning of the facility:
    • Serves as an appropriate model for behavior to the residents.
    • Reads the log upon coming on duty and updates the log on each resident daily.
    • Consistently observes limits and consequences and sees that they are consistently carried out.  Enforces rules and procedures as established in the Handbook and Personal Contracts.
    • Helps plan and carry out group activity.
  • Provides for the daily maintenance of the house and assures that safe living conditions are provided in compliance with fire, safety, and health regulations:
  • Other duties as needed.


For more information, please contact Anna Gonzalez at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
YSS hires nicotine free staff only. EOE