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Old 02-23-2010, 07:29 AM
Location: Everett, WA
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At my current job I am occasionally asked to go out to the local navy base and supervise people with developmental disabilities as they are loading navy ships. While I don't particularly care to work with the DD population and am hoping to get out I enjoy the atmosphere at the navy base.

I realize that I'm too old to join the military now (42) so I would like to know what civilian careers there are and how to go about applying.

As stated, currently I work at the navy which was also the branch I almost joined out of high school but I have some good friends that are (or were) in the Air Force and I was able to be escorted on to Air Force bases by them too so I think I would enjoy the atmosphere at any military base.

I would be willing to relocate for the right job but am not needing a "glamorous" overseas position, just one that pays well enough for me to be able to pay my rent and bills on-time + a little extra spending money to use in whichever city I am living in.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:40 AM
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Try USAJobs.com. There, you can look for the types of jobs, as well as locations, that might interest you.
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:52 AM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Like Okie7597 said, USAJobs.com.

It is a United States Office of Personnel Management website. The Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

Good luck.

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Old 02-23-2010, 09:59 AM
Location: Hawaii
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You might also consider working for a government contractor on base if you're not able to pick up a federal position right away. I guess it might be similar to what you are doing now but with a different company and department.

I've seen government positions offered or greased for contractors that stood out as potentially valuable employees.
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:10 PM
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Like the others said, USAjobs for the actual GS jobs, and try to find out who the contractors are on your local installations to look for jobs with them. For instance, we have national labs on our base, along with Lockheed Martin, Chugach, and some others. It varies by base, but some companies, like the ones I mentioned, do get contracts for multiple bases. For instance, Spectrum Health employs some of the civilians that work at MTFs.

I am not sure how to figure out who the contracting companies are on the local bases besides asking around, and keeping your ears and eyes open. Maybe pick up a base newspaper every time you are on base. Even something as short as a photo caption (eg, Joe Shmo, a civilian employee with XYZ, shows Col. Fancypants around the training facility) can give you information.
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