Cottage Parents

Are you and your spouse passionate about caring for disadvantage youth? Do you both have a heart for ministry and a love for children? We Need You!

The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is seeking married couples to live and work with youth in one of our family-style residential homes. This is a full-time, permanent position that will be living on campus for 14 days and then going off duty and off campus for 7 days. The combined annual salary is $66,560. Please note that each of you will need to apply individually.


While living on campus, and under the supervision of an assigned Unit Director, the Cottage Parents provide youth with a strong parental role model while implementing a professional family-style program that emphasizes skill acquisition and personal development, and a safe and secure environment in which to grow and learn. The Cottage Parents teach and develop social skills, self-help skills, academic skills, and independent living skills; and foster moral and spiritual development through a broad array of activities to youth in residence that typically have a background of low self-esteem, academic failure, and problem behavior.

The Cottage Parents administer the day-to-day operations of a large family residence including various paperwork, domestic responsibilities, and other assigned duties. The Cottage Parents work closely with other child care professionals as a team in carrying out responsibilities while in the work place. The Cottage Parents are directly responsible to the Unit Director. This position is not eligible for overtime pay.


Requires high school graduate or equivalent (some college credits preferred.) Must be at least 21 years of age, be a married couple, have a valid Florida driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment, a good driving record, a concern for youth, the ability and desire to work and live with youth, and a strong desire to work in the human services field.


While on duty, the nature of this position requires that the employees be available 24 hours a day. The work schedule is generally 14 days on then 7 days off. Occasionally may be required to work in outdoor weather conditions.

Two Locations:

Safety Harbor Youth Ranch – Safety Harbor, FL – Siblings (boys and girls) 3-18 years.

FSYR Boys Ranch – Live Oak, FL – Boys and Girls 8-18 years, cottage for siblings (boys and girls) 3-18 years.


  • Housing, utilities, meals, and agency vehicle included while on duty
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) with up to 4% company match
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Company paid long term disability and life insurance 2x annual salary
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health savings account, supplemental life insurance, short term disability and Aflac products available
  • Annual leave and sick leave

Please visit our Website: for instructions on how to apply. Please note that each of you will need to apply individually. We have a very extensive and strict background screening process. We are an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.

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