How to Apply

Most federal jobs are listed on USAJobs and Army Civilian Service.   For additional information, visit Tips on how to apply.

To apply for a job, there are four basic steps:

  1. Create an account and resume. 
  2. Search jobs.
  3. Apply for jobs.  
  4. Review your application status online.

Pay and Benefits

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Full-time employees with 0-3 years of service earn 4 hours of annual leave per pay period (13 days per year).

Full-time employees with 3-15 years of service earn 6 hours of annual leave per pay period (20 days per year).

Full-time employees with over 15 years of service earn 8 hours of annual leave per pay period (26 days per year).

Maximum year to year carry-over is 240 hours of annual leave.

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Supplemental vision and dental insurance is available.  For additional information visit or BENEFEDS

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers several plans to choose from.  For additional information visit

The Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program offers basic life insurance plus three types of optional insurances.  For additional information visit

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children.  For additional information visit Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Employees may request approval to participate in an Alternate Work Schedule.
The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.  For additional information visit
There are 10 paid holidays per year.  For additional information visit
Up to 15 calendar days military leave per fiscal year are available if employee is in the Reserves or National Guard.  For additional information visit:
A period of military service may be credited for retirement and death benefits purposes.  For additional information visit Army Benefits Center.

Walla Walla District employees are paid bi-weekly.  Three pay plans are used by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, depending on the employee's job description.  The pay plan associated with any position may be found in the Vacancy Announcement.  Current pay plans include:

General Schedule (GS)

Pacific Northwest Regional Power Rates (WB)

Wage Grade (WG)

Most new permanent employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan.  The three tiers are:  Social Security Benefits, FERS Basic Annuity, and Thrift Savings Plan.  For additional information visit
Full-time employees earn 4 hours of sick leave per pay period.  No maximum accumulation.  For additional information visit:
Thrift Savings Plan allows employees the opportunity to contribute pre-taxed salary into a retirement savings plan, similar to 401(K) plans offered by private sector employers.  The government matches up to five percent of the salary contributed by FERS employees.  For additional information visit:

Pathways Program

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The Pathways Program was established by Executive Order 13562 and is effective July 10, 2012. 

The Internship Program is for current students.  It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).  The new Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.  To find out more about the Internship Program, go to the USAjobs or OPM websites.

For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates.  Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate.  It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants.

The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government.  It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions.  To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply.  To find out more about the Recent Graduates Program, go to the USAjobs or OPM websites.