Child protection & youth justice work

FSD regularly recruits workers to help make sure children and youth are safe from abuse, their basic needs are met, they abide by the law, and their families are supported to achieve these goals.

We offer a flexible work environment.

Child protection work is complex, demanding and often stressful.  It can be even more challenging when you also have to juggle the demands of everyday life. To help staff maintain a good work/life balance, we support flexible work arrangements. We do our best to accommodate both short and longer-term requests, as long as there is adequate coverage.

The well-being of our staff is important to us.

What types of positions are available?

Click on the links below to read the job specifications. Duties may vary slightly from district to district, based on their specific needs.

Where are the positions located?

FSD staff work primarily out of our 12 district offices located throughout the State.

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.

What support is available?

  • Comprehensive training and job shadowing1 BEFORE you begin to carry a caseload. This usually takes about four months to complete. Read this guide to our new employee training: Foundations Requirement Guide. Please note that not all of the links included in the document will work.
  • 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.

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. 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.

Are there tools to help me decide?

  • Watch this short video, produced by the Vermont Department of Human Resources, about what it means to do this work in 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.

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:

Where can I find current job postings?

Go to the VT Department of Human Resources website and click on Job Seekers. 

"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.