Becoming a Team Member

Thanks for your interest in working with Milkweed Connections.  We have prepared this web page as a way for you to get familiarized with the nature and requirements of our work and the structure of our company.  If after reading this you are interested in applying to become a team member, please email us at and include a résumé and cover letter describing why this work is of interest to you.


Job Description

Milkweed Connections team members assist program participants in choosing, obtaining, and keeping healthy lifestyle goals related to program participants' unique definition of wellness in such areas as emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual health. This support is provided through various community-based support programs for children and adults with mental health, trauma, and substance use backgrounds, as well as for people involved with the youth justice, legal, and child welfare systems.


Job Duties

  • Assist consumers/service recipients in identifying health and wellness related goals.

  • Using a variety of methods tailored to the individual, move through the process of reaching health and wellness related goals.

  • Empower and encourage consumers to advocate for themselves when faced with challenges.

  • Compile and share wellness and healthy lifestyle resources with consumers.

  • Use self-disclosure when appropriate for support.

  • Complete documentation as required.

  • Maintain privacy and confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA standards.

  • Attend necessary meetings with service facilitators and co-workers, including (but not limited to) recovery team meetings with service participants, monthly Milkweed team meetings, and clinical supervision meetings.

  • Maintain regular communication with consumers and co-workers via phone, text, email, or in-person meetings.

  • Understand that we have a contractual obligation to serve participants regardless of our personal preferences

  • Complete required trainings and on-going education.

  • Commit to working a minimum of 20 hours per week.

  • Maintain your own insured vehicle for transportation. (Milkweed reimburses for mileage.)


Skills and Attributes

  • Lived experience with difficult circumstances (mental health or substance use recovery, trauma, or other difficult life circumstances)

  • Philosophical agreement with and adherence to the mission, vision, and core values of Milkweed

  • Good interpersonal communication skills

  • Good listener

  • Hopeful and encouraging approach

  • Respectful and non-judgmental attitude

  • Able to establish boundaries when needed

  • Able to work independently

  • File paperwork in a timely manner

  • Experience participating in a wellness or recovery process

  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, or training in cultural awareness

  • Basic computer and smartphone skills (email, text, creating documents, etc.)


Organizational Structure of Milkweed Connections


Everyone who works for Milkweed Connections is a co-owner of the business and is self-employed.  These facts mean that each team member has responsibilities that go above and beyond conventional employment.  All team members are expected to contribute to the functioning and well-being of our business as well as manage the details of their self-employment (such as filing estimated tax payments throughout the year).  We have designated team members who manage administrative tasks such as managing referrals, invoicing, payroll, financial management, overseeing documentation, etc.  However, the larger vision and strategic planning for Milkweed is held by all team members on an equal basis.


We organize our decision-making as a consensus-based cooperative.  We have a Coordinating Team and an Administrative Team for managing day-to-day logistics and decision-making, but ultimately we are committed to a non-hierarchical business model.  There are no “bosses” at Milkweed; we offer each other support and assistance in a spirit of mutuality.  For many people, this requires a paradigm shift in how to approach one’s workplace and co-workers, since most workplaces are not organized in this way.  Prospective team members must have a willingness to learn about the process of consensus and to shoulder both the empowerment and responsibility of working within a cooperative.