Website Committee on Temporary Shelter

Join the creative and dedicated team at the Committee on Temporary Shelter!  COTS, a nonprofit recognized nationally as a model for innovative programs, provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for those who are without homes or who are at risk of homelessness.  Bring the best of you to the best of social missions.


COTS is currently recruiting for dynamic, organized individuals who are committed to our mission in our emergency Single Adult Shelter, a 36-bed shelter for men and women, ages 18 and older located in Burlington. The Waystation operates 7 nights a week from 5pm to 8am, 365 days a year.

The primary responsibilities of Shelter Staff are to assure the safety and well being of persons and property in the shelter; to support shelter residents in their search for permanent housing; to sign in and orient residents to shelter life; and to enforce the applicable rules and policies. Shelter Staff maintain a safe and supportive environment while building trusting relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness.

We have two openings for this role, one Part-time and one Full-Time.

The schedule for the full-time position is: 33 hrs/week, Thursday – Sunday 12:00am – 8:00am.

The schedule for the part-time position is: 24 hrs/week, Thurs & Fri 5:00pm – 12:00am, Sat & Sun 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

Candidates must be able to work during these scheduled hours.

The ability to work independently and as well as part of a committed team is necessary. Strong communication, emotional competence, sense of fairness and human dignity, and crisis management skills are required. Experience with trauma informed practice, restorative justice, and/or homeless direct service preferred.

All positions require a commitment to the COTS mission: Advocating for long-term solutions to end homelessness and provide emergency shelter, housing resource services, and long-term housing for Vermonters who are experiencing homelessness or are marginally housed.

Submit your resume and cover letter to


PO Box 1616

Burlington, VT 05402

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