There are numerous AFCS jobs available around the country and around the world.
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How to Apply
All AFCS job opportunities are also listed on the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information, USAJOBS. Access AFCS job opportunities at airforce.usajobs.gov.
Follow the steps below to determine if you are qualified and eligible, and apply for a position with AFCS.
Qualification vs Eligibility
Like any employer, AFCS expects you to be “qualified” when you apply for a position, but unlike some employers, you must also be “eligible.” What’s the difference? It’s actually pretty simple.
“Qualification” is based on education and/or experience. As with any other employer, you will need to have certain educational and/or work experience in order to be qualified for a given position. For example, if you want a job as a doctor, you need to have completed medical school and fulfilled the related requirements. The kinds of background needed are always clearly detailed in the Job Opportunity Announcement listed at airforce.usajobs.gov. Be sure you meet those expectations before you decide to apply.
However, even if you are completely “qualified” for a job, you may not actually be “eligible.” In the Federal jobs environment, “eligibility” refers to Federal regulatory requirements that determine who can apply for specific jobs.
Each AFCS Job Opportunity Announcement will carefully spell out who is eligible to apply in the “Who May Apply” section. Further details on who may apply can be found in the “Other Information” and “How to Apply” sections. It is very important to review these requirements carefully. If you do not meet the requirements listed, you may not apply for the job.
For additional information on this subject please review the “Air Force Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide.”
Step 1: Find the Right Job for You
AFCS jobs are categorized as entry, mid, and senior levels, and are associated with different qualifications and pay grade levels. And, there are special categories of job opportunities, including jobs for students and recent graduates, veterans, military spouses, and individuals with disabilities.
This site provides several ways to help you find the right AFCS job. Use one of our helpful search tools:
- Our Jobs Discovery App will line up your education, skills, and experience with positions that need people with your background. You might be surprised at the variety of options you discover.
- Our Jobs Map lets you find positions that are available at every base and installation in the United States and around the world.
- Use text searches for AFCS job announcements on airforce.usajobs.gov
Step 2: Read the Job Announcement
Each AFCS position (Job Opportunity Announcement) will provide detailed information about job qualifications, duties, salary, location, benefits, and security requirements. These will help you determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a candidate who qualifies for the job.
Because AFCS uses special hiring authorities for many of its hard to fill occupations, it’s important for you to understand the following about two of these--Direct Hire (DHA) and Expedited Hire (EHA) authorities.
The use of DHA/EHA is a fast-track method of hiring applicants from the public with no prior federal employment status using a non-traditional method of recruitment. These positions may be permanent, term, or temporary positions and may be covered by government-wide authorities or approved specifically for the Department of Defense (DoD).
If you are a Hiring Manager or local Human Resources Specialist, additional information can be found at the Air Force’s internal website myPers and Article #39320.
The Air Force Civilian Service hires qualified applicants for positions in these government-wide approved DHA occupational specialties:
- Information Technology Management (Information Security)
- Medical Occupations
- Scientific, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Veterinary Medical Officer
DoD approved Expedited Hiring Authorities for Acquisition and certain Medical occupations may also be used to hire highly qualified applicants.
There are a variety of Air Force Civilian vacancies which can be filled using the Department of Defense approved Direct Hire Authorities listed here:
- Acquisition Workforce
- Childcare Service Providers for Department Child Development Centers
- Cyber Workforce
- Domestic Defense Industrial Base (DIB) & Major Range and Test Facilities Base (MRTFB)
- Financial Management Experts
- Post-Secondary and Recent Graduates
Recruitment for these opportunities may be conducted using various methods, such as job fairs, hiring events, and commercial employment and job board options. As part of your research to find the right Air Force Civilian job for you, please be aware of these other employment information options.
Step 3: Apply for the Job
Follow the instructions in the “How to Apply” section of each Job Opportunity Announcement. Instructions will guide you through the application process, providing you detailed information on the questions that must be addressed, and forms and format that must be used to present your resume and qualifications for the job. Help can be found at USAJOBS.gov.