Youth Specialist II- Afternoon/Evening, Pioneers Center (Lincoln, NE)

CEDARS is looking to hire THREE Youth Specialist II's to join the Pioneers Center Team on the afternoon/evening shift!

Reports To: Assistant Program Director, Pioneers Center

Classification: Non-Exempt

Rate of Pay: $16/hour

Schedule 1: Thursday-Monday 2:30pm-10:30pm

Schedule 2: Tuesday-Saturday 2:30pm-10:30pm

Schedule 3: Tuesday-Saturday 2:30pm-10:30pm


At CEDARS, our mission is to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships. For nearly 75 years, thousands of kids and families have found refuge and a new beginning at CEDARS. As one of Nebraska’s most trusted child-service organizations, we make sure that kids feel safe and secure. At the same time, we’re giving parents, foster families, and partnering agencies the support they need to care effectively for kids.


Pioneers Center serves as the only short-term emergency shelter for kids (ages 12-18) who do not have immediate access to another safe living arrangement in southeast Nebraska. Kids may be referred to the Pioneers Center because of: a history of abuse, neglect or domestic violence; alternative to juvenile detention; interruption of a foster care placement; homelessness; hospitalization of a parent/guardian; or for short-term stabilization. A variety of levels of care are offered at the Pioneers Center. Crisis stabilization is a more intensive level of care that involves the support of a CEDARS therapist. To prevent youth from being placed outside the home, CEDARS also offers Basic Center services to families who are not involved in Child Welfare or the Juvenile Justice System. 


  • Maintain safety and supervision of youth
  • Provide transportation to and from school, appointments, activities, or visits
  • Complete daily documentation of youth in care
  • Engage youth in life skills, educational activities, and outings
  • Provide leadership during crisis intervention and structure for youth


  • Must be 21 years of age of older
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • At least 1 year of experience working with youth and families
  • Must have a passion for helping youth in crisis
  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record


  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in human services, social work, psychology, or a related field of focus
  • Someone who is self-motivated
  • Someone who enjoys working independently and as a team member
  • Someone who understands how trauma impacts youth development


As a full-time active employee, you are eligible to participate in the following benefits:

  • medical, dental, and vision coverages
  • flexible spending accounts and health spending accounts
  • personal leave, emergency leave, paid holidays, and floating holidays
  • retirement plan with 5% company match
  • life & long-term disability insurance
  • employee assistance program
  • wellness and engagement program
  • early childhood childcare discount
  • opportunities to collect overtime hours if desired
  • shift differentials for overnight hours worked and holidays
  • mileage reimbursement
  • extensive training and professional development opportunities


At CEDARS, we embrace diversity, and we know the journey towards belonging never ends. Click (here) to learn more about our journey.

If you are passionate about helping children and youth and building stronger families, CEDARS may be the right FIT for you!