A career with AFCS offers everything you could want in a job: quality of life, career growth opportunities, competitive compensation and benefits, an Award Winning Workplace, and perhaps most importantly, personal satisfaction.
AFCS fills over 600 different occupations to support our mission. The Discovery App is designed to show you how and where you might fit. Select your particular educational background or specific job skills and the app will present a variety of career choices, some of which you might not have considered. Go one step further and see currently available job openings that correspond to your selections.
To be the most powerful air force on the planet takes more than the world’s most advanced aircraft and human nerves of steel. It takes excellence in every working task. As an Air Force civilian, you will grow and advance as you work shoulder to shoulder with Airmen and other talented and dedicated civilians.
AFCS jobs are categorized within entry, mid, and senior levels and are associated with different qualifications, eligibility requirements, and pay grade levels. In addition, there are jobs categorized for students, recent graduates, veterans, military spouses, for individuals who have status, and for individuals with disabilities.
Read the USAJobs announcement or the job posting found on job boards, within social media or within advertising or marketing materials for specific employment opportunities. You can access these jobs from the Jobs Map above or from the Hot Jobs listing above. Pay close attention to the instructions that will guide you through the application process, including any specific questions that must be answered, the forms and formats that must be used to present your resume and your qualifications and eligibility for the job. Help can be found at usajobs.gov.
Like any employer, AFCS expects you to be "qualified" and "eligible" when you apply for a position. Why are these distinctions important?
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 apply for a physician’s position, you will need to have completed medical school and fulfilled the related requirements. The kind of educational or experiential background needed is always delineated in the USAJobs announcement or social media job posting or advertising materials. Be sure you meet those expectations before you decide to apply.
Eligibility is based on Federal regulatory requirements that determine who can apply for specific jobs. Eligibility requirements are found within each USAJobs announcement and within DHA jobs posted to job boards and social media sites, as well as within advertising materials. It is critical that you review these eligibility requirements. If you do not meet them and you apply, you will be determined to be not qualified.
For additional information on this subject, please see the Air Force Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide.
To help you on your way to a rewarding and exciting career, AFCS offers extensive educational opportunities including on-site training, the chance to attend educational events and programs around the world, and even tuition reimbursement and funding for advanced degrees. To help in planning your career, you will have access to extensive career path planning tools and guidance.
As you grow with AFCS, your career can take you places you never imagined with abundant opportunities to expand your skill sets and put them to work at more than 80 locations in the U.S. and overseas. We hire the very best, and we not only want to keep you, we want you to keep getting better.
Federal careers are renowned for their exceptional employment benefits, and a career with AFCS is no different. Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model that offers you choice and flexibility, as well as a substantial employer contribution to premiums, and your share of out-of-pocket costs can be paid with pretax dollars.
You will also be able to choose among several options for life insurance coverage for both you and your family and have the option to participate in the largest group long-term care insurance program in the country.
Our three-part retirement program includes a Social Security benefit, a 401(k)-type plan, and a defined benefit component based on years of employment and salary history.
All of these benefits are what we call “portable,” meaning that whatever benefits you accrue with us will transfer to other federal agencies if you decide to leave AFCS. Furthermore, if your career choices take you to the private sector, those benefits will largely remain intact should you return to employment with AFCS or any other federal agency.
The Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) hires individuals in nearly all occupational areas and provides numerous opportunities for employment. If you are eligible and qualified, you can apply for available positions. If you are a person with a disability, you have an additional avenue you can pursue: a Schedule A special hiring authority.
THE BENEFITS OF A SCHEDULE A CERTIFICATION:
As a federal employer, AFCS is able to hire individuals with disabilities without posting a job announcement or going through the traditional competitive hiring process.
When AFCS has a hiring need, we first consider qualified Schedule A eligible candidates before posting a new job announcement.
With Schedule A eligibility, you can be appointed directly into positions for which you meet the essential qualifications and are not required to compete with other non-Schedule A applicants for that position.
The Schedule A authority, specifically 5 CFR 213.3102(u), enables AFCS to hire an eligible person in a more direct and streamlined manner.
To qualify for Schedule A, you must provide a “proof of disability” letter. You can get this letter from your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
In addition to a proof of disability letter, you must meet the position’s qualification requirements and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Additionally, you’ll need to provide a resume and transcripts.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION:
1. Schedule A Letter | 2. Resume | 3. Transcripts (as applicable) | 4. Certificates (as applicable)
Schedule A letters do NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history, or need for accommodation. All letters must contain a valid handwritten or electronic signature. Typed signatures are not acceptable. You may obtain a Schedule A letter from any of the following:
Your doctor, licensed medical professional, licensed rehabilitation professional, or any federal, state, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
REGISTER NOW FOR SCHEDULE A CONSIDERATION AND INDICATE AIR FORCE INSTALLATIONS AND OCCUPATIONS OF INTEREST
“Please access the Schedule A registration form using your desktop while we work on upgrades to make the form compatible with mobile devices.”
Once you register, the Civilian Personnel Sections (CPS) will have your application package to verify eligibility and be able to share your resume with hiring managers who have vacancies for which you qualify.
A valid social security (SSN) number is required to begin the secure registration process. Future updates will dispense with the SSN requirement.
Please note that the date format for your birthday is DD-MMM-YYYY
For additional details or assistance on Employment Programs for Individuals with Disabilities email:
AFCS is, and has always been, committed to hiring veterans. While there are Federal laws providing hiring preference and special appointing authorities for veterans, more than ever, AFCS recognizes that hiring veterans just makes sense. By actively recruiting veterans, AFCS gains the value of their experience and provides them with a means to continue their service to our country.
To meet veterans' employment information needs, the US Office of Personnel Management created a website to act as the pre-eminent source for Federal employment information for Veterans. Visit FedsHireVets.gov for post-military career information.
VRA is an excepted hiring authority that allows AFCS to hire eligible veterans without competition, who meet any of the following requirements:
Veterans can be given an excepted service appointment under this authority at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. After an individual successfully completes two years of service, that individual will be converted noncompetitively to a career-conditional or career appointment in the competitive service.
Under the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, active duty service members are treated as veterans and given preference-eligible status (when applicable) for purposes of appointment in the competitive service for up to 120 days prior to their actual discharge/release from active duty service.
Along with the job application, a service member in this situation submits a “certification,” which is any written document from the armed forces that certifies he or she is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
This hiring authority can be used to make appointments of eligible candidates to any position for which they are qualified, without competition. Unlike the VRA there are no grade-level limitations. Initial appointments are time-limited, lasting more than 60 days; however, the veteran can be converted to permanent status at any time during the time-limited appointment without competition.
Eligibility applies to the following categories of veterans:
The hiring process for military spouses is simple and streamlined. Military spouses can receive priority placement directly when they apply for positions through USAJOBS.gov.
Military spouses are no longer required to go to the local Civilian Personnel Section (CPS) to register for the Priority Placement Program to exercise their preference for hiring. Beginning April 1, 2019, in lieu of registration, military spouses can exercise their priority placement preference by applying for vacancies of their choosing on USAJOBS.gov. Current enrollees should have received notification regarding their registration in the Department of Defense (DoD) Priority Placement Program (PPP) and future changes to the program.
Military spouses who meet the best qualified standard are referred to the hiring manager with preference and can also be invited to participate in an interview, when applicable. Ultimately, this change standardizes military spouse procedures, simplifies the employment process, and empowers military spouses to exercise their preference selectively.
When submitting an application, military spouses must complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification checklist from the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service website. This form must be submitted each time you apply to a DoD position on USAJOBS.gov in order to receive military spouse preference. Click HERE to find this form.
For more information on how to exercise your preference when applying for a job, please view this WEBSITE or contact the local CPS.