Explore careers at COTS and join our dedicated team, passionate about creating and maintaining affordable, safe housing. Make a difference in your community today!"

Do Work That Matters

If you’re looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work in your community, join the passionate, community minded team at COTS! For 40 years, COTS has been working in Chittenden County to creatively find solutions to end homelessness. We are looking for team members with a passion for doing good and creative thinking, folks who aren't afraid to think outside the box and try new things, while also focusing on the immediate needs of the community members we serve.

COTS strives to create a supportive, collaborative, and fun work environment…consider joining us on our mission to end homelessness!

Current Opportunities

Join Our Mission

We are a team of passionate individuals who believe in the value and dignity of every human life. Come work with us and help end homelessness!

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to or use the button below.

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Our Culture

COTS team members care deeply about our community and the people we serve, and are passionate about finding long-term solutions to address the root causes of homelessness. We are a tight-knit, supportive team, constantly striving for improvement.

Our goal is to create a workplace where each member of our team can bring their authentic selves to work, and feel safe and welcomed in doing so.  We believe in working hard, celebrating each others success, supporting each other through failures, and trying to have a little fun along the way.  Also...chocolate!  

Over the last two years, COTS has worked in partnership with nuwave Equity Corp to evaluate our organization holistically, identifying opportunities to improve our policies, practices, procedures, and overall spaces in order to ensure we are an inclusive and safe place for all.  This partnership and our work is not over yet; though we've learned a lot, we recognize there is more to learn and the work never ends.  Learn more about DEIB at COTS and our nuwave partnership.

Here are a couple of anonymous quotes from our 2023 Annual Employee Survey, in response to the question "What factors contribute to your decision to stay at COTS?"

"I finish my day energized by the good that I was able to accomplish, the sense of camaraderie and support with other staff, and a very enjoyable team of coworkers.  I can see my effort played out in the work the agency does."

"I enjoy supporting the clients we work with on their path to getting housing. It means a lot to see the smiles on their faces when they share that they have found a place of their own."

"The sense of community, the ability to communicate effectively and honestly with fellow staff members, and the simple fact that I show up every day to help people."


Caring for our neighbors in need can be rewarding but challenging work. COTS offers a competitive benefits package including access to healthcare, retirement savings, and robust time off, as well as benefits focused on supporting human services professionals with mental and emotional wellbeing. 

Vacation time, PTO, and sick time
Paid holidays
Health Insurance
Vision & Dental Insurance
Retirement Plan with employer match
Contributions to an FSA or HSA
Basic Life Insurance and AD&D
Short-term disability
Employee Assistance Program
Wellness Benefits
COSTCO membership
Headspace Mindfulness & Meditation App membership

Current Opportunities

COTS has opportunities for full-time, part-time, or per diem (as needed) schedules and works closely with local schools to offer internships.  Our shelters are staffed 24/7/365, so whether you're a morning person or a night owl, we likely have an opportunity that matches your needs.  We support and encourage candidates with with lived experience to apply, and consider all qualified candidates who apply, including those with criminal histories, in compliance with state and federal regulations. 

COTS offers access to a robust learning management system, individual and regular support from your supervisor for all team members, and opportunities for professional development. Our team members are compassionate, supportive, hard-working, and fun.  We believe we can make a difference in our community by working together and focusing on our mission to end homelessness, not just apply temporary solutions. 

Our regular roles start at a minimum of $20.00/hour, and per diem roles start at $19.00/hour. 

To apply for a position with COTS, send a resume and cover letter to

COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We embrace diversity and encourage all to apply.