On-Base and Government Jobs


Mainly on Air Force Bases 

USAJobs (Civil Service)

Air Force Civilian Careers (Civil Service)

FAFB Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF)

Air Force NAF Jobs


Commissary  (apply at USAJobs)

FAFB Family Childcare: Call 509-247-5336 

ARAMARK (Food Service; on FAFB)

Global Credit Union (on FAFB and in Spokane)

Armed Forces Bank (on FAFB)

Medical Lake School District (on FAFB and in area)

Pathways (for students and recent grads)


Northern Quest Casino (off-base)

Spokane Tribe Casino (off-base)

Other Federal and More

USAJobs (Civil Service)


DoD Schools

U.S. Army Civilian Personnel

Army NAF

U.S. Navy Civilian Employment (and Marine Corps)

Navy NAF

Marine Corps Community Services

Careers in National Defense

Office of Personnel Management

Government Jobs, by State

Department of Veterans Affairs

NATO Recruiting

International Org.s (U.S. Dept. of State)

Mil2FedJobs portal  (Convert MOS to Fed Jobs series)

Civil Service (Appropriated Fund, APF)
Commonly referred to as "GS", there are actually many more pay plans in the civil service system. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website, above, contains extensive information on all aspects of Civil Service employment. Most Federal Government civilian positions are part of the competitive civil service - to obtain a Federal job, you must compete with other applicants. Some agencies are excluded from the competitive civil service procedures. This means that these agencies have their own hiring system which establishes the evaluation criteria they use in filling their internal vacancies. These agencies are called excepted service agencies; excepted service agencies are not required to post jobs on USAJOBS.gov. As a result, it is important to look at individual agency websites for job announcements. 

Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF)
Primarily at military installations, these positions are paid by patron fees at several on-base activities.  Examples include: child development, youth, school-age, bowling, food operations, lodging, recreation.  NOTE: Some activities have both NAF and Civil Service positions

Veterans Preference
Separated or retired military members may be eligible for veteran's preference when applying for federal jobs. Point values range from five to ten points. Generally, veterans must have served for more than 180 days, other than training, and have received an honorable discharge. For a detailed listing of veteran's preferences, see the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website for their VetGuide, or contact the Veteran's Preference Advisor online at: www.dol.gov/elaws/vetspref.htm. Applicants must meet all job qualifications

Military Spouse Preference or Priority
The Military Spouse Preference (MSP) program was developed by the Department of Defense to help lessen the interruption of a spouse's career when they have to move due to the active duty service members' receipt of permanent change of station (PCS) orders. MSP provides priority in the employment selection process for certain relocating military spouses. Procedures vary by agency. Eligible and interested applicants should check with the Civilian Personnel and/or NAF Human Resources Office - at Fairchild, both are located in Bldg 2040. Even within the Air Force, procedures vary between APF and NAF employment. Applicants must meet all job qualifications. 

By Name Request and Veterans Recruitment Appointment By Name Request
The Selecting Official (the person who will decide who to hire) may make a "By Name Request." The selecting official submits the name of a desired candidate with the Request for Personnel Action. Applicants must have a resume on file, and must be qualified for the position. (How will the selecting official know YOU are interested in the position, and will do a good job? This is where networking and volunteering work to your advantage!)

Applying for Most Civil Service Jobs
Most federal jobs are posted on USAJobs, although some positions may take you to another website for qualifications, application, etc. Build your resume/s online; USAJobs has good tutorials on the website. Search for a job - by geographic area, by series (career field), or by pay. Some applicants may need to incorporate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, where required; for some job announcements these are written within the body of the resume, while some will require a separate paragraph (s). Some positions have Supplemental Questions. Make sure that all required data (transcripts, orders, DD Form 214, licenses, certificates, etc) is available, then apply 

Direct Hire
Direct Hire is a special hiring authority granted to federal agencies to assist in hiring hard to fill positions. There are a few Air Force Civil Service jobs for which applications may be submitted directly to the Civilian Personnel Office on the installation. They are primarily in the medical and information technology fields. To apply for direct hire positions at Fairchild AFB, submit required documents to the Civilian Personnel Office in Bldg 2040. (509) 247-4313   


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