Great Jobs and Equally Great Careers Serving Alaska's Children and Families


Join the Child Welfare Workforce in Alaska and Advance your Professional Development in Child and Family Services


The Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS) in partnership with the UAA School of Social Work extends its invitation to students in Social Work, Human Services, and Justice as well as other disciplines to apply for professional positions in child welfare now open in the State of Alaska. 

As an emerging or experienced professional in social work, justice, counseling, psychology, or human services consider a career in child welfare practice in Alaska. The Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS) is searching for promising professionals who will advance its mission of “Safe children, Strong families.” The work of OCS is critical in helping families nurture children, so consider bringing your personal qualities, experiences, and professional skills to OCS.
Protective Service Specialists, one of many position classifications within the agency, have a wide range of duties, including investigating reports of abuse and/or neglect, making referrals to partnering agencies, and providing ongoing assistance to families who may require considerable support. 
Through your professional work in children’s services, you will collaborate closely with tribal partners, and community leaders, and you will grow as a specialist offering critical assistance to children and families in need, providing case management, and serving as a colleague working within collaborative child-centered teams. You will have considerable and frequent contact with other professionals, parents, and caregivers. Your work will be meaningful, and you will gain competencies in self-care, collaboration, treatment and service planning, sophisticated technology-enhanced case management, and in working closely with children and families. 
Child welfare practice is not for everyone. As you consider your career options, joining OCS can be the right choice for you.
If you work well in diverse situations, with people from diverse backgrounds, and in situations demanding critical thinking and decisive action, contact OCS to explore immediate employment, and to learn more about promising careers in Alaska serving children and families who will benefit from your compassion, kindness, and effectiveness.   
Benefits include:

Annual base salary that starts at $47,712 with regular increases up to $117,456. The starting base salary varies with location. You can enhance your salary by selecting a posting to a high need area of the State of Alaska. 

Health insurance, life insurance and much more.

Training both on the job and in the field.

Connections with the UAA School of Social Work so you can advance your formal education in social work at undergraduate or graduate levels.

Growth and advancement opportunities, you can shape based on how you wish to develop as a professional specializing in social service provision to families and children.

Opportunities for travel to Alaska’s diverse locations rich in history, culture, traditions, and natural beauty.


For more information about OCS visit
To view job openings in OCS visit Workplace Alaska and filter to Protective Services Specialist positions at
Give us a call to discuss employment opportunities at OCS. You can contact OCS at 1-833-OCS-JOBS (1-833-627-5627) or email