Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
1541 Porter Street
Fort Detrick, Md. 21702
Hours: 0800-1600 Monday through Friday
Civilian Appropriated Fund (AF) Employment
Welcome to your link to Civilian employment information at Ft. Detrick for both internal (Merit Promotion) and external (Delegated Examining) recruitment. Feel free to visit our office and pick up various recruitment brochures to assist you in your job search. For Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employment and other NAF information, please check out our NAF page.
Civilians have been an integral part of the U.S. Army since the Revolutionary War. The Board of War and Ordnance was established in 1776 with responsibility to equip and dispatch troops; account for arms, ammunition and equipment; maintain personnel records; and disburse funds. The board was made up of five members of the Continental Congress, clerks and a paid secretary — Richard Peters, the first Army civilian. Civilians were hired by the Continental Army for driving, crafts, carpentry and laborer jobs.
Today, with more than 330,000 civilian employees, Army Civilian Service is the largest, busiest and most successful "company" within the Department of Defense. Army civilians have skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. We are federal civil servants and are committed to selfless service in the performance of our duties in support of our nation and consider it an honor and a privilege to support our soldiers.
To learn more about careers within Army Civilian Service, check-out the Army Civilian Service website.
We encourage Ft. Detrick employees and supervisors to visit our full Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) website on the Installation Extranet. Here you will find a wealth of information for employees about benefits, compensation, personal wellness, veterans and more. For supervisors there is information about hiring, performance, incentive awards, classification, labor relations, employee relations, and management.
How to Apply for Jobs
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS — Army vacancies and a wealth of information about Army civilian employment may be found at the Army Civilian Service website. The most current and reliable information is available at this site under "Army Job Search". Army also posts job announcements on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS web site. By accessing either of these sites you can view Army job announcements.
All of our announcements, both internal and external, are posted on USAJobs. Please read the 'Who May Apply' to see if you are eligible to be considered for the specific vacancy. Internal announcements may be confined to Army or Status applicants only, while external announcements are open to all US citizens.
AUTOMATED RECRUITMENT TOOL — The Army completed its transition to the DoD Enterprise Recruitment Tool (USA Staffing) effective, 1 May 2012. USA Staffing will be the single hiring process and tool used by all DoD components.
You can create up to five distinct resumes in USAJOBS. You can search for jobs easily in several different ways for various positions at locations throughout the world, including Ft. Detrick. Check out the USAJOBS website for a wealth of helpful information. Below you will find USA Staffing PowerPoint Briefings that will describe USA Staffing, including the Application Manager which will explain how to apply for jobs in USA Staffing and how to fine-tune your job search. There are other useful links below to help with your job application process.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards — These standards describe the minimum qualification requirements (for example, educational, medical, age, experience, etc.) for each occupational series for white collar Federal civilian occupations.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (Wage Grade) — Describes the skills, knowledge, abilities, and personal characteristics needed for the particular job being filled for wage grade positions.
Army Civilian Service.com
USA Staffing Application Manager (step-by-step instructions) [PDF]
Other Application Information
Request Military Records — If you do not have a copy of your DD214 Member 4 (Report of Separation) copy you may request it through this website.
Military Spouse Hire
The CPAC's Personnel Specialists are available to register eligible spouses of active military stationed at Fort Detrick into the Spouse Preference Program by appointment. Spouses may contact the CPAC at 301-619-2247 to set up an appointment for registration, or may come in to the CPAC during regular business hours, 0800-1600, Monday-Friday, to set up an appointment with a Personnel Specialist.
Other Sites Listing Employment Opportunities & Guidance
As one of the nation's One-Stop Career Centers, FCWS links businesses in need of qualified employees with individuals seeking employment opportunities.
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website with information that helps translate military occupations to Federal jobs.
ERP assists military spouses, civilian personnel and their family members by providing information, direction and training on how and where to obtain employment; we also provide additional employment services necessary to minimize employment problems.
Our services are designed to assist the unemployed:
- Family members (spouses and youth)
- DoD employees and their family members
Student Research Opportunities at the U. S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Students (undergraduate and graduate) may apply through the ORISE
program. To learn more about the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and its research programs visit their website or call 301-619-4624.