Skip to main content

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 2100 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? We think so! Talk with someone in USDA’s Veterans Employment Program Office to see how your skills can be best applied. The Veterans Employment Program Office can tell you more about special hiring authority for veterans and your family members, veterans’ preference, and how you can align your skills with USDA agencies and mission areas.

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.

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

  • Wildland Firefighters 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 Department of Labor’s website.

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

Want to learn more? Contact us at veterans@osec.usda.gov.