Direct Support Workers – “Youth Exploring Possibilities” (Job ID: 234725)


KW Habilitation is a local not-for-profit organization that provides a wide range of individualized services and supports to children with any special need and adults with developmental disabilities. We support individuals to live a fulfilling life which is fostered through preschool and early learning supports, respite services, residential services, community participation and employment supports. Our Vision Statement guides our work: “A community where everyone belongs and participates”

Successful candidates will be energetic, person directed, highly motivated and organized. They will have a good working knowledge of the KW community, employment and volunteer opportunities, as well as a solid understanding of Grand River Transit. The goal of the position is to help youth learn what our community has to offer, to have fun discovering new activities of interest (such as sports, the arts and community events) and to expose youth to volunteer experiences and future career possibilities.


  • Developmental Service Worker Apprenticeship Program Sponsor
  • Paid on-the-job training
  • Paid professional development opportunities
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program for all staff, their partners, and dependents
  • Discounted rates on home and auto insurance
  • Fun and engaging workplace


  • Organizing and implementing a summer schedule aimed at engaging young people in community activities
  • Providing a respectful and supportive atmosphere that encourages exploration
  • Promoting people’s skills and abilities
  • Providing opportunities and education for growth and development


  • Post-Secondary education in a related Human Services Field
  • Commitment to providing person-centred support, foster independence, and advocating for others
  • Able to demonstrate creative problem solving and decision making, initiative, resilience and collaboration
  • Experience working/volunteering with youth who have a developmental disability preferred.
  • First Aid, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) and WHIMIS training an asset
  • A valid G or G2 driver’s license and basic computer skills are required

To be eligible for the above position, youth must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment,
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN),
  • Able to work 40 hours per week – including day, evening and weekend shifts


PLEASE NOTE: **Positions and dates are contingent on funding provided by Canada Summer Jobs.


Schedule: 40 hours per week Monday – Friday
Start Date: Approx. June 19, 2023
End Date: August 31, 2023
Pay Rate: $21.09

To Apply Online Please Visit Our Job Application Page HERE

Applicants must apply in writing submitting a resume and cover letter with a summary of relevant qualifications and reason for interest in this position by Friday, April 7, 2023 to:

KW Habilitation
ATTN: Stacey Mitchell, Manager of Community and Employment Supports
99 Ottawa Street South
Kitchener, ON N2G 3S8

Job ID: 234725

KW Habilitation is committed to employment equity.  We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including, 2SLGBTQ+ identified persons, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Individuals, and members of Black and other racialized communities, and individuals for whom English is not their first language. We seek to provide accessibility for all applicants with our accessibility policies and the AODA. Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.  We thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.