Youth Supervisor Career

Youth Supervisors are frontline workers in BC’s youth custody centres. They ensure the safety and security of the youth, staff and volunteers in custody centre. In addition, Youth Supervisors provide advocacy and assistance, and participate in delivering programs to youth in custody.

Role in the Community

Preparing youth in custody for successful reintegration back into the community is a primary goal of BC’s Youth Custody Services. Youth Supervisors provide a safe and secure environment for youth to access a variety of educational and rehabilitative programs. 

A Typical Day

Youth Supervisors work a shift pattern, and each shift begins with information exchanges and security inspections. Youth Supervisors are members of a team, maintaining security and supervision on the living units, and ensuring proper movement of youth throughout the centre. Youth Supervisors also help supervise and deliver a variety of educational and rehabilitative programs to youth.

Qualifications/Academic Requirements

A combination of education plus work and/or volunteer experience.

  • High school graduation/equivalent and five years' work experience, working with challenging, populations preferably youth; or
  • Two years of college and three years work experience, working with challenging populations, preferably youth; or
  • University degree and one year work experience, working with challenging populations, preferably youth.

Youth Supervisors require good judgment, a healthy lifestyle, computer skills, and good verbal and written communication skills. Being able to tolerate stressful situations and tense interpersonal encounters while maintaining self-control is vital.

Program of Study

Newly hired Youth Supervisors are required to complete the Youth Supervisor Basic Training Program. The training is a mix of online, classroom, and on-the-job learning, provided at the youth custody centre. 


All Youth Supervisors begin working as auxiliary staff (on-call). The salary range for Youth Supervisors is from $21 to $26 an hour.

Employers & Job Prospects

The Ministry for Children and Family Development employs Youth Supervisors in British Columbia. Job opportunities are posted on the B.C. Public Service Employment Opportunities website.

More Information

Please contact the hiring manager at a local centre to query scheduled dates for information sessions and to learn more about a career with Youth Custody Services:

  • Burnaby Youth Custody Services - 778.452.2050
  • Prince George Youth Custody Services - 250.562.5393

Full details on this career can be found on the Youth Supervisor webpage.

Last updated January 9, 2019