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Veterans and Employment

USDA Wants to Hire America’s Heroes

USDA is looking for smart, experienced people to work at one of the more than 2,100 county offices across the country, or at the headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. USDA prioritizes hiring veterans because we know that you bring a wide range of experiences and strong work ethic that USDA wants and needs across the Department.

USDA has a wide range of employment opportunities. Military experiences can directly translate to USDA jobs in areas such as:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Soil Conservation
  • Contracting and Procurement
  • Information Technology
  • Food Inspection and Public Health
  • Fire Fighting
  • Finance
  • Economics

Are you ready for another challenge? Please the USDA’s Veterans Employment Program Manager at 202-280-9673 or [email protected] and see how your skills can be best applied. The Veterans Employment Program Manager can tell you more about and your family members, , and how you can align your skills with USDA Mission Areas and Staff Offices.

In addition, you may check out .

Hands-On Job Training for Veterans

On-the-job training is a great way to learn skills and see if a job at USDA or in agribusiness would be a good fit for you.

In collaboration with the Department of Labor, USDA has two national-level apprenticeships where you can earn wages while gaining experience.

  • is a 12-month training program through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, starting at GS-5/7

  • is a 3,000 hour on-the-job learning program through USDA’s Forest Service, available positions include GS-3, 4/5, and 5

Information about these apprenticeships and other Department of Labor apprenticeships can be found on the .

There are also opportunities through the , where eligible service members can participate in industry training instead during the closing months of their career.

Want to learn more? Contact us at [email protected].

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