Title:  Family Services Worker Trainee (Statewide Continuous Recruitment)

Application Deadline Date:  Continuous
Req ID:  21605
Department:  Children and Families

Various, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $22.74


The Department for Children & Families’ Family Services Division is seeking Family Services Worker Trainees to join our team of dedicated staff in supporting children, families and communities. Our goal is to promote safety, permanency, wellbeing and law abidance for children in need. Your role may involve conducting assessments related to child abuse and neglect or delinquency and/or providing ongoing services to at-risk families, children in state care, or youth on juvenile probation.  We work in partnership with parents, relatives, educators, law enforcement, community-based service providers, courts, foster parents, and others. The work we do is meaningful, challenging and critical to the safety and well-being of Vermont’s children and families.


Please visit the DCF website for more information and resources to help you decide if this might be the right career for you.


A cover letter regarding your interest and qualifications for this work is required in lieu of a writing sample.  


We currently have openings in the following districts: Newport, Hartford, Morrisville, Bennington, Middlebury, St. Johnsbury, Burlington, Rutland, Barre and St. Albans.

social work, family services, children and youth, human services

Who May Apply

This position, Family Services Worker Trainee (Statewide Continuous Recruitment) (Job Requisition #21605), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. 


Family Services Worker: Job Requisition 13865


Family Services Worker Trainee: Job Requisition 21605


If you would like more information about this position, please contact alix.gibson@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

As of July 14, 2024, the step 1 rate for pay grade 21 will be $23.76 per hou

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a variety of settings ranging from departmental offices to client homes to premises of service providers. Considerable field travel is involved for which private means of transportation must be available. Stressful situations may occur, and with greater frequency, as more difficult cases are assigned. Weekend or evening assignments may also occur, geared to a Trainee's acquired level of training and experience. Exposure to physical danger, although relatively rare, can occur.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree.


Associate's degree AND two (2) years or more of experience in human services work at or above a paraprofessional or technician level.


High School diploma or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of experience in human services work at or above a paraprofessional or technician level.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.