FSD regularly recruits 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:
- Our 12 district offices located throughout the State
- The Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center located in Colchester, Vermont
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.
Because the work can be so challenging, we offer a lot of support, training and supervision.
What support is available for social workers?
You will get:
- Comprehensive training and job shadowing1 BEFORE you begin to carry a caseload. This usually takes about four months to complete. Read this guide to New Employee Training.
- Comprehensive individual and group supervision as outlined in FSD Policy 201: Supervision and Training
1. Review our New Worker Checklist to see all the opportunities you have for learning. Components may be waived if you have child protection and/or youth justice experience and/or training.
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. It will give you a good idea of what the work will be like.
- Read about the characteristics of a successful child welfare social worker.
Where can I find current job postings and apply online?
- Go to the
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:
- Go to the Employee's section of the Vermont Department of Human Resources website
- Go to the New Employee Orientation section of the Vermont Department of Human Resources website
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.
~ Karen Shea, Family Services Deputy Commissioner