Archuleta County
  • Department of Human Services
  • Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
  • 46342.40-64896.00 per year
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision & Retirement plan, Life Insurance

Archuleta County is seeking a qualified Caseworker I. This position earns a wage of $22.28 - $31.20/per hour, depending on experience and qualifications.

We offer the following benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  • Paid holidays and Paid Time Off.
  • $50,000 of life and AD&D insurance.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute into a 401 (a) retirement plan. The county will match your selected contribution up to 7%.


Our Case Workers work under direct supervision while learning job tasks and developing skills and knowledge. They meet with supervisor frequently for direction and make significant decisions only with supervisor oversight. The supervisor reviews all documentation. Case Workers provide casework services for various programs offered through the Department of Human Services: they perform initial intake and Supervisor assisted ongoing case management; perform initial assessments and evaluations of individual or family needs and safety; assist in providing crisis intervention; provide basic direct and core services; recommend service referrals to community resources, core and direct services, and/or protective services; develop plans to assist clients and submits for supervisory review; and maintains records, documentation and reports related to services provided.

Position requires basic knowledge of established theories, principles and concepts of social casework practice related to assigned program area(s). Perform increasingly more responsible work as the employee gains experience and independently provides basic casework services.


Any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Social Work, Psychology or a related human behavioral science.
  • A newly hired Child Welfare Caseworker is required to complete successfully the Colorado Department of Human Services training requirements for caseworkers within the mandated timeframes to be eligible for continued employment.
  • In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major course work (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques. Examples of this major coursework is social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development.


Two years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.


Valid State Driver's License

Knowledge of:

  • Established theories, principles and concepts of social casework practice.
  • Human physical, emotional, psychological and social stages of development.
  • Addiction, domestic/family violence, developmental disabilities and mental health issues, signs/symptoms.
  • Child and/or adult protection issues and investigative procedure, laws and time lines, including Native American Child Welfare laws.
  • Multi-cultural issues and differences.
  • Policies, procedures, philosophies, rules, ethics and regulations governing the services to clients.
  • Applicable state, federal, Native American Tribal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations and how they apply to child/adult protection.
  • Community resources available to assist clients.
  • All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.
  • Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Skilled in:

  • Assessing risk in child and adult protection and assessing family functioning to ensure safety of individuals.
  • Assessing evidence, to include determining if a client's injuries are consistent with reported abuse.
  • Using forensic interviewing techniques.
  • Using conflict resolution techniques.
  • Using tact, discretion, and initiative within established guidelines.
  • Educating families in appropriate parenting skills through teaching, role modeling, demonstrating and various coaching techniques.
  • Providing accurate court testimony.
  • Assessing environment concerning personal safety.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks, and to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Using mathematics.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to:

  • Respond to each client with empathy and respect.
  • Deescalate chaotic and/or potentially violent situations and set limits when appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
  • Collect process and utilize incoming information, define problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Make critical decisions in high risk and high stress situations.
  • Speak effectively before groups and respond to questions.
  • Work/participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to have the ability to move to and from various points within the office. Travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation.
  • Ability to work with hands above shoulder height or arms extended at shoulder height. The employee is required to use hand to finger, handle, grasp or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. Requires repetitive movement's standard in office-related activities such as typing, and sitting and standing, talking in person and via telephone. This position is occasionally required to stoop, kneel or crouch.
  • Ability to lift and/or carry up to 20 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth deception and the ability to adjust focus. Requires full range of peripheral vision to monitor multiple computer systems.
  • Requires full range of hearing to be able to communicate via the telephone, and in person, ability to hear and conduct routine conversation. Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to communicate verbally in response to inquiries, complaints, and to speak to individuals or groups in an informational or instructional situation.


The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of the job.

Work is typically performed in a variety of environments including the office, client homes, community agencies and schools, and may involve potential exposure to hazardous and/or violent environments and/or clients. The incumbents working conditions are typically moderately quiet, but may be loud at times.

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