Careers with FSD

FSD regularly recruits for social workers to help make sure children and youth:

  • Are safe from abuse
  • Have their basic needs met
  • Abide by the law
  • Live in safe, supportive, and healthy environments

What do I need to qualify?

A master's or bachelor’s degree in social work is preferred, but you may qualify with a degree in a related field.

Where are social workers located?

FSD social workers work primarily out of:

What types of positions are available?

Click on the links below to read the job specifications (Vermont Department of Human Resources website).  Specific casework duties vary from district to district, based on the needs of each district.

Is this career right for me?

You'll be doing a job worth doing, working with colleagues committed to supporting you. Make no mistake, though. This is a tough job.  The children and families we serve have had very difficult life experiences.  The workload is substantial, and you may be asked to work after hours and on weekends.

Tools To Help You Decide

  • Watch this short video, produced by the Vermont Department of Human Resources, about what it means to be a social worker with the State of Vermont
  • Watch this video about the day-to-day work of a child welfare professional in New Hampshire.  While the video it is not specific to Vermont, it will give you a good idea of what the work will be like.
  • Think about whether you have the following characteristics of a successful child welfare social worker:
    • A positive attitude and sense of humor
    • Ability to maintain a healthy balance between your personal and professional life
    • Ability to work with clients and achieve positive outcomes
    • Good communication, organization, critical thinking, problem solving, and time management skills
    • Professional commitment to clients
    • Resilience, flexibility, and high energy
    • Realistic expectations about the challenges of the work
    • Willingness to reflect on your work and learn from others

Where can I find more information?

To see current job postings and apply online, go to the VT Department of Human Resources website.  Click on Job Seekers on the left-hand side of the page.

What are the benefits of working for the State?

Working for the state comes with many benefits, including paid leave, health and dental insurance, pension plan, life insurance, and more. To learn more about these benefits:

In addition to the benefits afforded all state employees, our social workers have ongoing opportunities for professional development. And they may be eligible to receive tuition assistance to pursue their MSW.

"If you're right for the job, it's the best job in the world! If you think you're up the challenge, please take the time to find out more about us and the work we do. Cindy Walcott, Family Services Deputy Commissioner

Family Services Division (FSD)

Deputy Commissioner Karen Shea
DCF - Family Services Division
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT - 05671-1030
Phone:(802) 241-2131

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