Bureau of Land Management’s Veterans Employment Opportunities

Veterans Employment Opportunities

The BLM hosts eight fire crews that are specifically designed to employ Veterans and provide career opportunities in fire and land management. Employment periods generally run from early May through October. Each link below has specific requirements and processes for employment.

  • The BLM Veteran Crew Information link provides more on the BLM Veterans program:

http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/BLMVeteranFireCrews

  • “How to Apply for Wildland Fire Jobs” provides guidance for applying to vacancies:

http://www.firejobs.doi.gov/index.php?action=apply

  • USAJOBS tweet provides information about BLM fire opportunities:

https://twitter.com/USAJOBS/status/669559770374909952

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
VEOA is a special hiring authority, which allows Veterans to compete for job opportunities that otherwise may have only been available to current permanent federal employees. A VEOA eligible who is selected will be given a career or career-conditional appointment. To be eligible for VEOA, applicant must be either a preference eligible veteran or a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. For additional information go to:

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
This excepted authority allows agencies to appoint eligible veterans without competition if the veteran has received a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition; or is a disabled veteran; or has received an Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation; or is a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years) and separated under honorable conditions. Appointments under this authority may be made at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. This is an excepted service appointment, which can be converted to competitive service after 2 years. For additional information go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#vra
Temporary or Term Appointment of 30% or More Disabled Veterans
Under this authority, agencies may, at their discretion, give a non-competitive temporary or term appointment of not less than 60 days to any veteran who has a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more and who meets the qualification requirements of the position. To be eligible, the individual must be a disabled veteran who has a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more officially documented by the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs. For additional information go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#30

New US Navy PSA – The Science Fair

This isn’t your average science fair.  This is a science fair, U.S. Navy STEM-style.

Video provided by the U.S. Navy YouTube channel

With STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) projected to add more than one million jobs by 2020, it is more important than ever to make sure our children are properly prepared for the future job market. Watch and share our PSA to help inspire our kids to stay interested in STEM.

For more information please see the US News page about STEM Solutions: http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions

The Worcester Business Journal’s Matt Pilon recently reported: mount_wachusett_community_college_68699

Mount Wachusett Community College has recently received a  STEM Grant to the tune of $640,000 to provide scholarships and support services to students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The five-year grant, from the National Science Foundation, is the largest MWCC has received from that agency. The grant aims to keep associate’s degree students on track to graduate within two or three years, and also to facilitate transfers to four-year colleges or universities after graduation from MWCC.

The Gardner-based community college will recruit 30 STEM students a year into its biotech, computer information systems, pre-engineering and natural resources majors.

Participating students will be eligible for faculty mentoring, professional and peer tutoring and other services.

The grant comes on the heels of an announcement last fall that the state would provide $37.9 million to MWCC to build a new science and technology building in Gardner. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.

08.23-24.13 Dorchester, MA – Stand Down

Massachusetts Stand Down

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MASSACHUSETTS STAND DOWN
August 23 – 24, 2013
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides FREE SERVICES to homeless veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.

Registration Hours: Friday August 23th 8a-4p and Saturday August 24th 8a-12p

Free Services at Stand Down 2013 Include:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • VA Boston Healthcare Registration
  • Medical Services
  • Eye Glasses
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Housing Services
  • Oral Health and Dental Screening
  • Employment Services
  • Legal Assistance
  •  Haircuts
  • Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI)
  • RMV – Mass. ID Cards and License Renewals
  • Mass Health
  • Social Work Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Foot Care

*This is a partial list of services provided

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Volunteers of America Massachusetts continues to provide critical services to homeless veterans while expanding the reach to veterans who are also at-risk and in need of help.

For more information contact:
Volunteers of America Massachusetts at (617) 522-8086

Upcoming Stand Downs (US)

Stand Downs

Stand Downs are just one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment, and substance use treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies serving the homeless.

Date # of Days Location Contact Phone Number
June 7, 2013 1 Tampa, FL Harry McCurdy 813-610-5879
June 8, 2013 1 Amarillo, TX Michael T. Serpa 806-355-9703
June 13-14, 2013 2 Kalispell, ID Sean O’Neil 918-734-0739
June 14, 2013 1 Tucson, AZ Mark Jensen 520-792-1450 ext. 5559
June 14-15, 2013 2 Klamath Falls, OR Tammi Deforrest 701-616-5368
June 15, 2013 1 Sand Point, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
June 15, 2013 1 Bozeman, MT James Korth 406-582-9224
June 21-22, 2013 1 Chicago, IL Jeanne Douglas 708-383-3225
June 27, 2013 1 Coer d’ Alene, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
June, 2013 1 Shawnee, OK Mary Culley 405-456-3876
July 19, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Omar Varise 937-268-6511 ext. 7589
July 19, 2013 1 Long Beach, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
July 27, 2013 1 Atlanta, GA Tammy James 404-321-6111 ext. 7436
July 27, 2013 1 Coer d’ Alene, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
August 6-7, 2013 2 Minneapolis, MN Jonelle Glubke 612-313-3246
August 14, 2013 1 Vancouver, WA Joseph Fettig 503-819-8055
August 16, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Omar Varise 937-268-6511 ext. 7589
August 22, 2013 1 Memphis, TN Ovul Ince 901-523-8990
August 22-24, 2013 3 Marysville, CA Deborah Bruner 530-921-0765
August 23-24, 2013 2 Dorchester, MA Rebecca Faherty 617-839-5307
August 24, 2013 1 Jacksonville, FL D. Raul Patton 904-396-8755
August 2013 1 Browning, MT Kathy Momberg 406-338-2111
September 1-3, 2013 3 Nashville, TN Dan Helm 615-873-6037
September 6, 2013 1 Helena, MT Terry Stephens 406-447-6045
September 10, 2013 1 Akron, OH David Effron 330-724-7715
September 12, 2013 1 Asheville, NC Allison Bond 828-298-7911 ext. 5506
September 12-15, 2013 3 Des Moines, IA Kimberly Neal 515-699-5999 ext. 4036
September 13, 2013 1 Houston, TX Jeri Gates 281-808-1175
September 14, 2013 1 Poplar, MT Dan Hutchinson 406-653-6326
September 14, 2013 1 Hamilton, MT Daniel Mayer 406-360-5435
September 14, 2013 1 Knoxville, TN Joan LePage 423-926-1171 ext. 7910
September 19-21, 2013 2 Rock Island, IL Sarah E. Oliver 309-786-1614
September 20, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Edith Darden 937-268-6511 ext. 2463
September 20-22, 2013 3 Cumberland, RI Bill Carr 401-273-7100 ext. 1673
September 21, 2013 1 Milwaukee, WI Barbara Gilbert 414-342-2224
September 21-22, 2013 2 Colville, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
September 21-23, 2013 3 Compton, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
September 24, 2013 1 Aberdeen, SD Pat Moore 605-940-9852
September 26-27, 2013 2 Montgomery, AL Tyrinda S. Caver 334-558-8602
September 26-28, 2013 3 Great Falls, MT Rodger McConnell 406-799-6709
September 27, 2013 1 Alexandria, LA Rena Powell 318-466-2773
September 27, 2013 1 Ft. Walton Beach, FL Sally Eddins 850-217-0054
September 27, 2013 1 Salem, OR Rosy Macias 503-362-9911
September 27-28, 2013 2 Wenatchee, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
September 27-29, 2013 3 Tustin, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
September 28, 2013 1 West Palm Beach, FL Maria Cabrea 561-422-8223
September 28, 2013 1 Latham, NY Donna Vaughn 518-626-5150
October 4, 2013 1 Dover, DE Elizabeth A. Byers-Jiron 302-349-4898
October 4, 2013 1 Springfield, MA Luz Marcano 413-731-6000 ext. 6114
October 4-6, 2013 3 Ferndale, CA Kermit Thobaben 707-822-1624
October 5-6, 2013 2 Libby, MT John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
October 9-10, 2013 2 Detroit, MI Linda Jones 313-576-3870
October 11, 2013 1 Mountain Home, TN Joan LePage 423-926-1171 ext. 7910
October 12, 2013 1 Moses Lake, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
October 12-14, 2013 3 Nashville, TN Dan Helm 615-873-6037
October 15, 2013 1 Columbus, OH Carl Landry 614-257-5206
October 17, 2013 1 Mobile, AL Kelly Estle 251-219-3971
October 17, 2013 1 Wausau, WI Amanda Kalis 608-372-3971 ext. 66452
October 17, 2013 1 Lexington, KY Elisha Kiefer 859-233-4511 ext. 3
October 19, 2013 1 Troutdale, OR Jeremy Hov 360-696-4081 ext. 31274
October 19, 2013 1 Augusta, ME Greg Skillman 207-623-8411 ext. 5408
October 19, 2013 1 Santa Maria, CA Jorge Rodriguez 805-905-9476
October 25, 2013 1 Greenville, NC Melinda Gates 252-830-2149 ext.3224
October 26, 2013 1 Yakima, WA Ron Opsa 509-574-5200
October 26, 2013 1 Atlanta, GA April M. Edwards 404-321-6111 ext. 2412
October, 2013 1 Oklahoma City, OK Mary Culley 405-456-3876
October, 2013 1 Billings, MT Meridith Cox 406-256-3322
November 1, 2013 1 Columbia, SC Travis Thomas 803-776-4000 ext. 7695
November, 2013 1 Billings, MT Meridith Cox 406-256-3322
TBD, 2013 1 Rapid City, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 New Castle, WY Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Lemmon, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Kyle, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Kennebec, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) update

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As you know, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers a renewed opportunity for education/training and job assistance to unemployed Veterans 35-60 years old.   As of this week there have been over 117,000 applicants.  We have notified over 101,000 Veterans that they are approved to begin training (through a Certificate of Eligibility-COE) and, to date over 47,000 have begun their training towards a high demand career field.
VRAP is a joint program between VA and Department of Labor however; the successful outreach of VRAP was a much larger community endeavor.  Many of you represent our stakeholders, community partners, and Veterans Service Organizations who helped us reach out to this deserving population.  Thank you for helping us and supporting our outreach efforts.  We could not have achieved this without you.
Our challenge now is ensuring that Veterans who have received notification of approval, a COE, start their training as soon as feasible.  According to the law that established VRAP, the program expires March 31, 2014, so it’s important that training is initiated/and completed by that date.
We once again, thank you for your help in our outreach efforts, and request your continued support.
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