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     There are 2 classes of jobs in the Federal Government:

  1. Competitive Civil Service (covered by fair and equal treatment civil service laws)
  2. Excepted Service (individual organizations determine requirements, jobs may be subject to veteran’s preference)

     The US Office of Personnel Management runs a site called USAJobs (  Start your search here as a number of jobs for various agencies can be found in this database. 

     If you are a student or recent grad you may want to check out the US Office of Personnel Management student jobs page ( which will provide additional information about internships and other student-focused opportunities. 

USAJobs Site

The USAJobs “Working for America” site contains pages of information about federal government employment including:

  • Resume Builder – Create a resume that is acceptable for applying for most Federal jobs.  You set up an account providing your last name, your social security number and a password.  Then you build a resume entering fields containing personal information, work experience, education, and other qualifications.  Your resume is saved in the USAJOBS database so you can use it to respond to individual vacancy announcements.
  • Explore Career Interests – Questionnaires that help you match interests to jobs.  Cross reference of government job titles to private sector job titles (

Finding and Applying for a Federal Job via USAJOBS

The USAJOBS site outlines a 3-step process:

1. Obtain information about jobs of interest using the internet ( or phone (478-757-3000 or TDD 478-744-2299).  Online job search categories include:

You can also search by agency, series (job codes), student jobs, or seasonal jobs.

2. Obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement.  For internet searches, a link is provided in the job description to the vacancy announcement where specific information about the job, deadlines for applying, requirements, location, salary, etc. can be found.

3. Read the vacancy announcement CAREFULLY for application instructions.  For some agencies you will apply using the resume builder or a resume your previously saved online.  For other positions you will be asked to submit a resume or federal application form.  Each agency has different application procedures that must be followed.  The standard Federal application form is the Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF-612 (  Other forms can be found at

Agency Employment Links

Below is a listing of specific government agencies and links to their employment pages. 


Web Site

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Bureau of Prisons

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Central Intelligence Agency

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Defense Commissary Agency

Defense Contract Audit Agency

Defense Intelligence Agency

Defense Supply Center, Richmond

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Defense, Communications-Electronics Command

Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office

U.S. Department of Interior

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of the Navy

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Highway Administration

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Federal Reserve

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Forest Service

General Accounting Office

General Services Administration

Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. House of Representatives

Immigration and Naturalization Service

Indian Health Service

Internal Revenue Service

International Boundary and Water Commission

Agency for International Development

International Finance Corporation

International Monetary Fund

Library of Congress

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency


National Archives and Records Administration

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

National Park Service

National Science Foundation

National Security Agency

Naval Research Laboratory

Naval Sea Systems Command

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Pan American Health Organization

Peace Corps

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Postal Rates Commission

Postal Service

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

Tennessee Valley Authority

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

U.S. Mission to the United Nations

United Nations Children’s Fund

United Nations Development Program

United Nations Population Fund

World Bank

Career Outlook Information

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections has detailed information on various occupations which includes:

Postal Employment

At this site you will find information about Postal Service employment including employment requirements, compensation, benefits, and career development.

Listing of available jobs is found at  A number of positions require taking a postal exam.  Descriptions of different and how to apply are at the following sites:

  • Corporate (management, administrative, professional, technical):

Postal exams include Test 460 for rural carrier associates and Entrance Battery 470 for distribution, delivery, and processing positions.  You must score 70 points out of a possible 100, with veterans getting preference with an additional 5 or 10 points added to their score.  More information about these exams can be found at

Senior Executive Service

The Senior Executive Service includes top level federal managerial jobs administered by the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  These jobs are listed on USAJOBS.  A resume or Form OF-612 will need to be submitted.  You may also need to submit an Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) testament which describes your leadership competencies.  Your application will be reviewed by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) to determine if your skills meet ECQ requirements.  More details on requirements can be found at


An extensive list of various topics about Federal employment.  If you do not see any information about a particular type of job above, try this link.


The material on this page was summarized and extracted from various Federal government web sites, with the bulk of it extracted from the US Office of Personnel site (  The table of Agency Employment sites is a simplification and compilation of tables found on the student employment page ( under Agency Information Gateway (

Massachusetts State Employment

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division has a site with information about employment in Massachusetts State government (  They maintain a listing of current openings in a database called Commonwealth Employment Opportunities (CEO) (  Here you can search for jobs by occupation, title, agency, or location.  You can look at each individual announcement for the job description, salary, deadline to apply, and other details.  

Massachusetts Civil Service Positions

Some positions are classified as Civil Service Continuous Testing Vacancies (ConTest) and will require taking a civil service test to apply. Exams include those for public safety positions, police, fire department, and a number of non-public safety positions.  Further information on civil service employment, forms, information on taking the civil service exam can be found on the civil service page of the Human Resources Division site (

State Agencies

There are numerous state agencies, authorities, and departments in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  A listing of various agencies and links to their sites can be found at  Some sites have their own job listings, others list using the COE. 

Agency Employment Links

Below is a listing of specific government agencies and links to their employment pages. 


Web Site

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Central Artery Employment (Big Dig)

Central Mass Regional Planning Commission

Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Commonwealth Corporation

Convention Center Authority

Courts System

Department of Correction

Department of Education 

Department of Environmental Management

Department of Environmental Protection

Department of Fire Services

Department of Housing and Community Development

Department of Mental Health

Department of  Public Health

Department of Social Services

Department of Telecommunications and Energy

Department of Transitional Assistance

Department of Youth Services

Division of Capital Asset Management

Division of Employment and Training

Division of Energy Resources

Division of Medical Assistance

Executive Office for Administration and Finance

Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

Housing Partnership

Information Technology Division

Judicial Nominating Council

Library and Information Network

Mass Bay Transportation Authority



Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Metropolitan District Commission

National Guard

Office of the Attorney General

Office of Coastal Zone Management

Office of Technical Assistance for Toxics Use Reduction

Pension Reserves Investment Mgmt Board

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC)

Rehabilitation Commission

Retirement Board

Service Alliance

State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance

State Police

Teachers’ Retirement Board

Technology Collaborative

Water Resources Authority



The material on this page was summarized and extracted from various Massachusetts state government web sites, with the bulk of it extracted from the agency page of the State of Massachusetts government website (

The table of Agency Employment sites is an alphabetized list of government agencies, boards and authorities who maintain specific employment information for their agencies on their sites.