Child & Youth Care Counsellor - Term and/or Indeterminate - AMENDED

Job Summary

Location: Fort Good Hope
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 22465
Salary: $95,784 - $114,426
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Located in Fort Good Hope and Tulita, NWT, the Child and Youth Care Counsellor (CYCC) reports to the Sahtu Regional Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The CYCC position is part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of direct therapeutic services to support the needs of children, youth and their families. The CYCC is a member of the community counselling team and provides integrated and therapeutic mental health and behavioural programming in collaboration with school personnel and other health and mental health and social services professionals. The CYCC provides a wide range of services with an emphasis on developing therapeutic relationships with children, youth and their families. During the school year, the CYCC will be based primarily in the school, but, in order to align with the needs of children and youth, other locations may include the Community Counselling Program office, client family home or other appropriate community locations. As part of an interdisciplinary team approach, other services targeted to assist children and youth include: community development, consultation, coordination, education and integrated services management.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Master’s degree in Child and Youth Care, Counselling, Clinical Social Work or Education with a focus on therapeutic counselling.

Established in 1805 as a fur trading post of the Northwest Company, Fort Good Hope is a charter community on the banks of the Mackenzie River in the Sahtu region. Its population of 570 is mostly indigenous, both Sahtu Dene and Métis and many of its inhabitants still follow a traditional lifestyle of fishing, hunting and trapping. If you want to find out why the Sahtu is the beating heart of the North, just look to Fort Good Hope. Access is by air from Norman Wells and by ice road in the winter.

Just south of the community, the Mackenzie narrows from 2 km wide to just over 100 m as it rushes by the 40-metre limestone clifs of the Ramparts. For this reason, Fort Good Hope's traditional name is Radeyilikoe - "Where the Rapids Are."

The real showstopper here is this 19th century Gothic Revival style church. Built between 1865 and 1885, designated a National Historic Site in 1977, Our Lady of Good Hope is the oldest permanent structure in Northern Canada. The church was designed and built by Oblate missionaries with a stunning interior of murals painted by Father Emile Petitot in the 1870s. It is an absolute must-see.

Tulita means "Where the Waters Meet" and you'll find this Mountain Dene community where Great Bear River empties into the Mackenzie. Established as a trading post in 1869, Tulita, then called Fort Norman, sits across the river from the Mackenzie Mountains and right underneath the storied Bear Rock. Tulita is your jumping off point for adventures in Náátsih'ch'oh National Park Reserve, as well as the location of some of the most important stories in Dene lore. Fly here from Norman Wells, or drive up the ice road from Wrigley in the winter.

Bear Rock is a sacred mountain that rises 400 m above the community to the North and is the site where the legendary Dene lawmaker Yamoria slew the giant beavers that were terrorizing the region. According to the story, Yamoria draped the beaver pelts over Bear Rock, and their outline is visible to this day. Hike the Bear Rock Trail to get up close to this special site and take in the incredible view of Tulita, the Mackenzie River and Mackenzie Mountains from the top.

Tulita is also your access point for Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, home to many adventure rivers and incredible hiking.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Health Recruitment
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is committed to promoting, protecting and providing for the health and wellbeing of the people of the Northwest Territories.  In order to decrease the risk of workers contracting and/or spreading vaccine preventable communicable diseases in NTHSSA workplaces, unless specifically stated, the NTHSSA will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 11, 2022.  Candidates must provide proof that they have met the vaccination requirements or provide a valid medical or Human Rights exemption to complete the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 22465

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $49.12 per hour to $58.65 per hour (approximately $95,784. - $114,426) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $27,491