Find your purpose at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families 

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We need diverse, passionate, and talented individuals – like you – to build thriving families and communities across Wisconsin. Whether helping us shape policy, build new technology solutions, or serve the most vulnerable populations, the work you’ll do will help move our great state forward.

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What we do

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) works in partnership with local governments, health and social services agencies, tribes, private providers and affected citizens to provide:

  • Child care regulation
  • Child welfare services
  • Youth services
  • Public assistance programs
  • Child support services
  • Refugee programs

You can learn more about what each of our divisions do by visiting our What we do page

Why work for us?

The reasons are endless. But a few of our favorites are:

  • Hybrid workplace
  • Flexible, family-friendly environment
  • Value lived experience
  • Fulfilling work

More than just a salary

Working in state service offers you the opportunity to enhance your personal and professional well-being.


The state offers a variety of health benefits, including:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance for the whole family
  • Income continuation insurance
  • Reimbursement accounts for medical, dependent care, and commuter expenses

To learn more about these benefits, visit the Employee Trust Funds website.

Paid Time Off


Vacation is earned from the first day of employment, but cannot be used until the employee has worked for six months. Vacation is earned by full-time employees at the following rate:

Years of Service Annual Vacation Hours (non-exempt) Annual Vacation Hours (exempt)
During first 5 104 120
5 - 10 144 160
10 - 15 160 176
15 - 20 184 200
20 - 25 200 216
25 and over 216 216

Personal Holidays

Employees are granted 4.5 days of personal holiday time.

Sick Leave

Full-time employees can earn up to 130 hours of sick leave each year. The unused sick leave will accumulate from year to year. Upon retirement, the state matches a certain amount of the unused sick leave, and the entire balance can be converted to pay health insurance premiums.

Legal Holidays

The state provides nine legal holidays with pay:

  • ​New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve Day

The Wisconsin Retirement System is one of the largest pension funds in the United States. Employee-required contributions are approximately half of the total required WRS contribution; the state pays the other half.

To learn more, visit the Employee Trust Funds website.