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Career Opportunities - Child Protective Investigator

Children in crisis need quick action from strong, compassionate individuals, who are dedicated to ensuring their safety. Child Protective Investigators serve as the community’s first responder to protect children from abuse and neglect. This demanding and challenging career could be your opportunity to speak for those with no voice and fight to ensure the safety of those who cannot protect themselves.

Making a Difference One Child at a Time

If the typical 9-to-5 job is not for you and you have a desire to help children and work with families in crisis:

  • If you are detail-oriented,
  • Possess good decision-making skills, and
  • Able to thrive in a high-pressure, fast-pace environment;

then consider a career as a Child Protective Investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families. When seconds count your career decision may be the difference in the life of a child.

Successful applicants will possess:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Current valid State of Florida drivers license;
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Must obtain certification as a Florida Child Protective Investigator within 12 months of hire

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, behavioral science, criminal justice, nursing or education field;
  • Individuals who have or are successfully completing the Department’s Child Protection Internship

Consider a career as a Child Protective Investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families. To learn more about the Child Protective Investigative position view the video below. To apply, visit People First and search by location or specific region of interest.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not permit discrimiation in the workplace. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the Department and/or the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287. Notifications to the Department must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to arrange accommodations.

The Department supports a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.