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Career Opportunities

Careers in Juvenile Justice

DYRS hires employees with a wide range of professional backgrounds and skills, and our Human Resources office is actively recruiting highly qualified individuals to serve youth in our facilities, in our offices and in the community. Whether an intern or seasoned juvenile justice professional, there are opportunities for you with DYRS!

Candidates for DYRS employment positions must meet stringent experience and background requirements.  


Youth Development Representative

As a DYRS Youth Development Representative (YDR), you will be responsible for the direct supervision, positive engagement, safety and security of court-involved youth in agency custody.

Along with intensive and hands-on training, YDR positions require a bachelor’s degree and one (1) year of experience working with court-involved youth in a secure, detention, community-based and/or treatment program or completion of 60 credited hours from an accredited college or university and three (3) years of related experience.


Direct Care

DYRS Direct Care positions provide front line access, wellness, service and treatment of the physical, psychological and emotional health of court-involved youth in agency custody.

All agency Direct Care positions require industry-related licensure, certification and experience.

DYRS Direct Care opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Services Medical Officer
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Coordinator
  • Dental Hygienist


How to Apply

DYRS job announcements are regularly updated and posted online at DCHR.dc.gov – the one-stop source for District Government employment opportunities and electronic application submissions. To find DYRS job listings, select 'advanced search' and enter ‘JZ’ to view agency-specific position openings.


Expectations for All Department Staff

  • Model positive behaviors at all times
  • Maintain eyes-on supervision and interact positively with youth at all times
  • Understand and demonstrate that physical and verbal abuse are prohibited
  • Demonstrate kind and respectful communication
  • Greet visitors, families, staff, youth, and parents in a warm, informative, and friendly manner
  • Be on-time, prepared and present throughout scheduled work hours
  • Play an active role in advocating for youth to be placed in the least restrictive environment consistent with public safety
  • Maintain a safe, drug-free environment
  • Wear professioanl and appropriate attire
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized environment in programs, facilities, offices, and grounds