Youth Counselor / Hoamana Coach

Apr 19 2021
Liliuokalani Trust |Waimea|Full Time, $15.00 - $20.00 / hour
Job Description

Job Purpose

The Ho’āmana Coach is responsible for engaging kamaliʻi in activities that promote healing, hope and growth.  Works with the program team to develop, implement and evaluate impactful programming for vulnerable youth.  Assists participants in gaining self-awareness, focus, emotional balance, empathy, adaptability and positive outlook through coaching, nature-based experiential activities, and social emotional supports. 


As a part of LT’s continuum of services, LT Ranch offers residential camps for up to eight vulnerable teen-aged youth who would benefit from an intensive program focused on healing, purpose, and growth. The Ranch is also available for kīpuka programs and strategic partners to work with vulnerable kamaliʻi and families in a peaceful environment focused on healing through nature-based and creative experiential activities.


Essential Responsibilities

  • Engages youth in experiential activities utilizing supportive coaching methods on their journey toward healing and growth.
  • Assists the Director on program planning and implementation (recruitment, scheduling, activities planning, daily preparations, administrative tasks, case follow up, etc) and provides support for the kipuka extension and strategic partnership programs.
  • Collaborates with teammates in the utilization of culturally resonant experiential programming, including animal-assisted interactions, ‘aina-based activities, creative arts or makery projects, and daily life-skills activities, to promote social emotional learning and growth mindset.
    • Comfortably interacts with animals in a safe and kind manner while providing youth similar opportunities for engagement and reflection.
    • Comfortably engages in `aina work and willingly models for youth how to care for and sustain the land in a pono manner.
    • Facilitates creative art projects and other enrichment activities, working closely with cultural practitioners, art consultants, and community partners to promote reflection, self-awareness, and connection.
    • Supports daily life-skills development, including personal self-management, meal preparation, nutrition, physical activity.
  • Supports behavioral, emotional and psychological health needs.
  • Observes and documents youth participation, designs behavior intervention and/or management plans, and monitors and reports on progress.
  • Models positive group management practices and actions to ensure program participant safety by developing healthy relationships and appropriate physical and emotional boundaries with children and youth.
  • Develops and maintains strong positive relationships with individuals, families, groups, communities, staff and management.
  • Provides outreach services to individuals, groups, and communities regarding Liliʻuokalani Trust and affiliates’ programs and services.   


Additional r​esponsibilities specific to each shift:

The Hoʻāmana Coach  May be assigned to support daytime, evening, weekend, and/or night shifts for residential program​implementation. In addition to the essential responsibiltiies listed above, each shift carries the additional tasks listed below:

  • Weekday: Assists Director with recruitment, scheduling, program plans, implementation, case follow-up.
  • Weekend: Assists Director in coordinating weekend activities for program. 
  • Evening: Engages kamaliʻi in evening activities (reflection, meal preparation, fireside, bedtime routines).
  • Night shift: Engages Ranch camp kamaliʻi in evening activities. Ensures safety of kamaliʻi overnight. Ensures space, meals and programs are prepared for next day of activities.


Other duties:

  • Participates in program planning, budget development, revision, and evaluation.
  • Provides transportation for organization related business, such as driving staff, beneficiaries and/or families to assigned destinations.
  • Participates in continuing education and training opportunities for professional development.
  • Contributes to the Trust’s success by accepting new assignments, helping team members, learning new skills, and striving to improves team and organization results.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’ degree in social work, psychology, education​, or related degree; or the equivalent life experience working with youth in need of educational, social and/or emotional support.
  • Commitment to the Hoʻāmana principles and healing approach.
  • Valid driver license, clean traffic abstract, and access to a privately owned automobile with valid no-fault insurance.
  • TB clearance.
  • First Aid and CPR/AED Certification, preferred. 

Travel Requirements

In alignment with our organizational competencies of Alu Like I ka Hana (Teamwork) and Ho`omau i ka `imi Na`auao (Continuous Learning and Improvement), this position will require occasional travel across the island, inter-island, and out-of-state depending on the needs of the team and the organization. While travel may not always be a need, the ability to travel when required remains a crucial aspect of this position in order to successfully contribute to our concerted efforts to carry out our Queen’s legacy.


This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description is subject to change at any time.


Physical Requirements

Performs light physical work, including climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, and lifting up to 25 pounds.  Exposed to outdoor climate and diverse terrain.


Terms and Conditions of Employment

As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to LT’s policies and procedures.