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Employment Opportunities / Equal Access Employment


Employment Opportunities

County Youth Employment Program Seeking Applicants

Published Feb 20, 2019

Escambia County is seeking youth ages 16-24 who are interested in an opportunity to get paid work experience this summer through the Escambia County Youth Employment Program. Applications are due Friday, March 8.

Qualified youth who are accepted into ECYEP will be able to work up to 30 hours a week at $8.46 per hour, with positions available in various county departments along with the Escambia County School District, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector’s Office and Supervisor of Elections Office. Participants will also receive job readiness training prior to job placement as well as post-employment briefings.

Last summer, 76 youth participated in the program, working in county departments including Public Works, Public Safety, Escambia County Area Transit, West Florida Public Libraries and more. Read more about their experience here.

Limited positions are available. Requirements for the program are as follows:

  • Must be age 16-24
  • Must live in Escambia County, Florida

Click here to download an application. Applications can also be picked up during normal business hours at 221 S. Palafox Place, 4th floor reception desk. Incomplete application packets will not be accepted. 

For more information:


Advocacy Outreach Coordinator Job Announcement


Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. dba CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC) is searching for an experienced Advocacy/Outreach Coordinator to lead and develop advocacy activities in the four county area of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

The purpose of this position is to assist people with disabilities in both system and individual advocacy issues covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provide Peer Counseling to consumers. The incumbent develops strategies and alliances with State and Federal elected officials, city/county government agencies and others to promote all titles of the ADA.  This position requires considerable judgment, and independent decision-making.  The incumbent will survey buildings, parking spaces, offices and any other structure using the ADA and Florida Building Codes.  Meet with consumers and establish goals and objectives to live independently.  Must be able to provide own transportation and travel extensively, with or without accommodation to perform essential functions, throughout Northwest Florida.

CILDRC is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private non-profit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities. Fifty-one percent (51%) of the Board of Directors, staff and decision-making/management staff are persons with significant disabilities.

CILDRC provides 5 core services:  individual and systems advocacy; information and referral; independent living skills training; peer counseling; and transition services.

A Bachelor’s Degree in an Independent Living (IL)-related field and 5 years of experience within the Independent Living movement or a Master’s Degree in a related field is desired.

Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.  Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Candidates must submit a letter of interest, three professional references, resume and salary expectations by email to with subject “Resume for Advocacy/Outreach Coordinator” to be considered for this position.  This position is open until filled.  Appropriate candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.  No phone calls and no walk-ins.


CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC) has partnered with Workforce Escarosa to become a worksite employer for the Community Work Experience Program (CWEP) an equal access employment program for people with or without disabilities.  Escarosa will provide eligible participants for on the job training at CILDRC in which they can gain hands on work experience to prepare them for transition into employment at CILDRC or with other employers.  The participants will be evaluated on Job Performance, Personal Grooming, Attendance and Punctuality, Attitude, ability to be a Team Player and will receive training on disability awareness and sensitivity.  They may also be provided a written letter of reference to take with them for future job interviews.  Participants are provided financial assistance and may also be eligible for CWEP childcare, transportation and other work-related expenses to the extent funding for the program is available.

For more information, contact George Heard, Workforce Escarosa Community Work Force Representative at 850-607-8812.


VR will start offering Job Retention Services:  VR has made the decision to provide job retention services to eligible individuals, regardless of order of selection, who require specific services or equipment to keep their job. This new option was created by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). VR discussed this service option with the state rehabilitation council, and public input was received. VR is currently making necessary changes to field procedures and tracking systems so we can deliver these services.   For more information to find an office near you:  (

If you are an employer and hire people with disabilities, please send information to and we will post on our website.