Open Positions

The Children’s Shelter is an is a drug and smoke free, equal opportunity employer and does not, nor shall not, discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or religion. Local and federal background checks, and drug screening mandatory. Must have valid driver’s license with clean driving record.

Please send resume to Patti Murray, Executive Assistant at For questions about the position in which you are interested in applying please call her at (305) 852-4246 ext. 236.

Youth Support Staff

Location: Tavernier, Florida

Job type: Full-time

Shift: 6 am – 2 pm, 2 pm – 10 pm, 10 pm – 6 am

Description: Looking for caring and dynamic individuals wanting to work one-one-one with at-risk adolescents in a home-like environment. The full time position is for the Emergency Shelter in Tavernier; serving youth ages 10 to 17 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, exploitation or have been abandoned or are participating in Children in Need of Services (CINS) residential program.

  • Facilitate the provision of needed physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs to achieve stability in the youth being served.
  • Progressively interacting with youth placed in care by engaging in verbal conversations, playing games, drawing, assisting with homework, assisting/holding accountable for chores, etc.
  • Care and maintenance of the physical premises – cleaning, transportation of youth, and other duties as assigned by Team Lead and/or Residential Coordinator.
  • Reporting malfunctions or deficiencies in any area of the physical premise to Team Lead and/or Residential Coordinator.
  • Complete training on various topics such as abuse reporting, direct child care, child care activities, policy & procedure, aggressive children, and all other mandatory staff meetings and/or trainings.
  • Completing, at minimum, twenty hours of training before annual hire date.
  • Professionally responding to emergencies and notifying appropriate personnel immediately.
  • Professionally interacting with inter-agency personnel from Wesley House, Guidance Care Center, Our Kids, School Board, etc.
  • Documenting behaviors of youth, communication logs, and progress notes in a clear, concise, legible and appropriate manner.
  • Advocating for the best interests of the youth within the context and boundaries of agency policy and procedures.
  • Communicating effectively with other members of the staff and understanding policy and procedure.
  • Effectively and efficiently handling situations that arise with either staff or youth.
  • Arriving on time for shift, and keeping accurate account of time worked.
  • Providing a listening ear while maintaining professional and ethical boundaries.
  • Providing for the youth’s physical and emotional needs in accordance with policy and procedure.
  • Some nights and weekend required.
  • Must have current Florida driver’s license with clean driving record.

Required age and education:

  • Candidates must be at least 21 years old and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED; AA or BA/BS degree preferred.

Required experience:

  • Preferably have at least one year of experience working with adolescents in placement as a behavioral or therapeutic support staff or similar role.

Salary and Benefits:

  • $11.00 to $12.50 per hour based on experience and qualifications.
  • Retirement Plan
  • Earn paid time off

House Parents

Location: Key West, Florida

Job type: Full-time

Shift: Two consecutive weeks on, one week off

Description: Looking for compassionate and patient couples wanting to make a difference in a child’s life. Our two group homes are located in Key West, Florida; each with a set of house parents and a third set of house parents that offers respite relief for both homes. One group home cares for children first born to age 10 and our second group home cares for children ages 11 to 17; who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, exploitation or have been abandoned.

  • Our Live-in House Parents are caregivers and role models and provide for the physical and emotional needs of up to seven children per home.
  • Our House Parents oversee the children’s daily lives including the start of their day (healthy breakfast, hygiene, appropriate dress & to school on-time) as well as upon their return from classes (healthy dinners, homework, chores, driving to/from extra-curricular in agency vehicles, & to bed in a timely manner). Also responsible for administrative duties and home management.
  • Professionally interacting with inter-agency personnel from Wesley House, Guidance Care Center, Our Kids, School Board, etc.
  • This position requires high energy and excellent organizational skills as well as computer skills to juggle schedules and meet parenting demands of a large family.
  • Position requires both parents to be full time house parents.
  • Due to our space limitations and health requirements, our house parents cannot have dependent children or pets live in the home.
  • No alcohol or smoking while on duty.
  • Must have current Florida driver’s license with clean driving record.

Required age and education:

  • Must be 23 years old and a minimum of a high school diploma, GED or higher degree.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Experience in some type of 24/7 work with youth is preferred. That might be as House Parents, Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents or Guardians. Consideration will also be given to those who feel this type of work to be a “calling” or a “mission”.
  • Representing agency and self in professional, courteous, and knowledgeable manner.

Salary and Benefits:

  • $30,000 – $40,000 annual salary per couple depending on experience
  • $1,200 housing stipend per couple per month for days off
  • On duty: free housing, utilities, internet, cable TV, laundry facilities and food
  • Dental Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Earn paid time off

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Community Based Counselor:

Location: Key Largo and Key West, Florida

Job type: Full-time

Description: Looking for two skilled Community Based Counselors (CBC) wanting to support at-risk kids and families. This full-time position is for our Children in Need/Families in Need (CINS/FINS) program. One position is based in the Upper Keys and the other in the Lower Keys; work directly with at-risk youth in the Monroe County School system their families and local support agencies.

  • The non-residential counseling services are designed to provide families with the tools and support necessary to stabilize in event of crisis. Counseling services are designed to aid in keeping families intact, minimize out-of-home placement, provide aftercare services for youth returning home from shelter placement and prevent the involvement of families in the juvenile justice and dependency systems.
  • Responsibilities include, filing a petition for truancy (or ungovernable or runaway behavior), individual therapy, family therapy, shelter placement or placing referrals for outward bound, psychological/psychiatric testing, tutoring, pediatric medical services and more.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other case involved service providers and professionals, such as attorneys, school personnel, social workers, and probation counselors.
  • The position requires reliable transportation, proof of vehicle insurance, a current Florida drivers’ license and clean driving record.
  • The right candidate must be flexible, organized, detail-oriented and excellent with people.

Required education:

  • The right professional must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or other related degree; Masters in Social Work or other related degree preferred.

Required experience and qualifications:

  • Must have experience working with children and their families.
  • Representing agency and self in professional, courteous, and knowledgeable manner.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary based position
  • Retirement Plan
  • Earn paid time off

About Florida Keys Children’s Shelter

The mission of the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (Children’s Shelter) “Safe Kids, Strong Families, and a Healthy Community” drives every facet of its programming.  Serving Monroe County for almost 30 years, the private not-for-profit Children’s Shelter has touched more than 24,000 lives through its no-cost programs; emergency shelter, group homes, community-based counseling, respite services and drop-in center for homeless and run-away youth.  The Children’s Shelter is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA); a nonprofit accreditor of human services since 1977. For more information on services or learn how to get involved, please go to or call Karen N. Holmes, Chief Development Officer at (305) 852-4246 ext. 222.

Join a Dynamic Team

We strive to build a caring family culture at the Children’s Shelter. Our team is made up of 37 multi-faceted professionals who are dedicated to serving our community and embracing the at-risk kids and families residing in the Florida Keys and Key West. Whether it be rocking a child to sleep, counseling a troubled youth, giving support to families, providing safe and comfortable shelter to kids in need or connecting homeless/runaway youth with vital resources, our team is there 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. If you want to make a difference in your community, then the Children’s Shelter is for you.

As a COA accredited organization, the Children’s Shelter underwent a formal evaluation of programs against best practice standards. Our accreditation signifies all of our programs meet standards of quality set forth by the accrediting body. It also involves an in-depth self-review of our programs against currently accepted best practice standards, an onsite visit by an evaluation team comprised of experts, and a subsequent review and decision by the accrediting body. (

Accredited Services:

  • Counseling Support & Education Services
  • Group Living Services
  • Outreach Services