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Search and Apply for DLA Jobs

DLA uses USAJOBS , an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website , to post vacancy announcements.

DLA offers a wide range of career fields and intern opportunities in a variety of locations. DLA utilizes a number of different programs to fill job vacancies. Be sure to read the programs to determine your eligibility.

How to Apply

Carefully review vacancy announcements at USAJOBS. To determine if you are eligible to apply for a vacancy, review the Requirements tab. When you are ready to apply, please follow the instructions on the How to Apply tab.

For additional assistance, visit the USAJOBS Help Center  for answers related to How to Apply, Job Search and other topics.

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Our Pledge to Applicants

The Office of Personnel Management and the Partnership for Public Service recognize that a Government's most important asset is its people. To attract talented people to the service of the Nation, we believe the application process should enable rather than deter job seekers. To that end, we will work to ensure a process that reflects these principles.

  1. A user-friendly application process that is not unduly burdensome or time consuming.
  2. Clear, understandable job announcements and instructions for applying.
  3. Timely and informed responses to questions about the requirements and the process.
  4. Prompt acknowledgement that their application has been received.
  5. Regular updates on the status of their applications as significant decisions are reached.
  6. A timely decision-making process.

Still Have Questions?

Here are some frequent questions we get from Job Seekers:

Like any other employer, the Federal Government expects its employees to be well qualified for the jobs they hold. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has published qualification standards to help assure that Federal employees are, indeed, well qualified. Whatever your background has been, the chances are that you are basically qualified for many different jobs, and highly qualified for some.

Generally, for jobs at GS-7 and higher, your background must have included some specialized experience. That experience must be closely related to the work to be performed in the job for which you are applying. At least 1 year of the specialized experience must have been at the level of the next lower grade in the Federal Service. That means, for example, that to qualify for GS-12, you must have had 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11. You can also qualify for GS-9 on the basis of a masters degree, and for GS-11 on the basis of a doctorate. At these levels, however, the advanced degree must be directly related to the work of the job to be filled.

There are a few occupations that absolutely require a college education; and many other occupations for which college is not required, but is fully qualifying. Jobs like Engineer, Ecologist, and Accountant all require college course work in fields related to the job. However, jobs like Personnel Specialist and Budget Analyst do not require college, but you can qualify with a degree in any major. When you have a degree but no specialized experience in a career field, you are eligible for appointment at the GS-5 payscale. (If you maintained a B average, or met other academic credentials in college, you can start out at the GS-7 payscale.)

If you are just starting out, you can qualify for jobs at the GS-2 level with just a high school diploma or as little as 3 months of general work experience. General experience means that it does not necessarily have to be related to the job to be filled. At GS-3 and GS-4, you need more months of general experience. Starting at GS-5, jobs generally require 1 year of specialized experience equal to the next lower grade.

If you have been in the job market for awhile and have accumulated a fruitful work history, you may be well qualified for jobs even without a college degree.

Except for certain professional jobs, college credentials are not necessary. The nature of your specialized experience is what really counts.