USDA Wants to Hire America’s Heroes
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 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
USDA’s careers in agriculture are open to National Guard members and Reservists as well as active duty transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. In fact, last year USDA hired 185 National Guard and Reserve members. The MVAL regularly shares USDA opportunities with the National Guard and Reserves through the Yellow Ribbon Program. See these examples of Army Reservists who have transitioned their military experience to civilian jobs at the USDA.
Are you ready for another challenge? Please contact the USDA at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how your skills can be best applied. The USDA Point of Contact can tell you more about special hiring authorities for veterans and your family members, veterans’ preference, and how you can align your skills with USDA Mission Areas and Staff Offices.
In addition, you may check out job opportunities at USAJobs.
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.
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