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Professional Opportunities at Aviano

airman-family-readiness-center-logoThe overall goal of the Employment Assistance Program is to enhance the marketability and employability of family members at Aviano Air Base. Achieving this goal means addressing these program objectives:

  • Assisting in career planning
  • Helping family members learn job-search skills
  • Increasing opportunities for paid and volunteer employment
  • Increasing opportunities for vocational and educational development
  • Increasing access to employment information

The Airman and Family Readiness Center provides career planning classes, career counseling, local labor market information, employment trend tracking, skill and interest identification, job bank referrals, and more more. The training and information provided can help you identify and reach your employment and career development goals, manage employment challenges associated with a mobile lifestyle, and develop job-search skills.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

On-Base Employment

There are many options at Aviano for paid employment, covering a wide variety of vocational skills. Read more about these opportunities below.

GS | USAjobs.gov

GS, or General Schedule, jobs are federal positions. GS positions are categorized by series or grades based on education and experience. USA Jobs lists all GS positions currently available. USAjobs is also the source for positions with the Commissary, as well as staff and education support positions with DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity, i.e. base school), and many other offices on base. You can use this site to search for positions currently available in Aviano. Create a profile, upload your resume and required documents, and apply with ease! Don't see any jobs at the moment? No worries. Select your favorite jobs and receive email notifications when positions open up. Visit USAjobs.gov to search positions and for more information.

NAF Jobs | NAFjobs.org

NAF jobs are considered federal employment, but are different from GS positions in that they are paid from a different source. Regular NAF positions are eligible for a variety of benefits. NAF employment also offers part-time and flex positions. NAF positions at Aviano are located within the 31 Force Support Squadron at various facilities such as La Bella Vista Club, Deja Brew, Youth Programs, Community Center, Auto Hobby, and many more! To apply, create an account and upload your required documents, then apply to jobs of interest. Visit NAFjobs.org for more information and current openings!

Commissary

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is a Federal Government Agency providing a variety of career opportunities on bases worldwide. Vacancies for the Commissary are posted on USAjobs.gov. You can find more information on careers with DeCA here.

The Exchange

The AAFES Exchange is located on bases worldwide with endless opportunities for all career paths. To view available positions or learn more about benefits, training, and career advancement with AAFES, visit their website AAFES.com.

DoDEA - Base School

The Department of Defense Education Activity's schools are located at bases worldwide and DoDEA offers a range of professional opportunities. The application process depends on the position you're seeking.

  • Staff/office positions and educational support vacancies are listed directly on USAJobs.gov. Keep in mind that open vacancy announcements are not necessarily vacancies. Positions listed here include but are not limited to: Kindergarten, Special Education Aids, Lunch Monitors, School Secretary, Supply Technician, and Library Technician.
  • Educators, School Nurse, and School Counselor positions are handled directly through DoDEA. You must first review the application requirements then submit your application to DoDEA's application system. View current vacancies, benefits, requirements, and apply online at DoDEA.edu.
  • Substitute Teachers apply directly at the school. For Kindergarten/Elementary School, POC: Monica. For Middle/High School, POC: Stefania.
  • Student Teaching, apply directly through the Vice Principal.
  • Consideration for Continuing CEU's for Education Professionals and Guidance Counselors not currently employed, apply directly with the Principal. 

Volunteering

Volunteers are needed to support many on-base and off-base agencies, both on a regular basis and for one-time events. Individual and team efforts are vital throughout the community, in everything from schools, to sports, to cultural, charitable, religious, and civic activities. Any interest, talent, or ability that you have can be shared and used to better yourself and your community. Volunteering not only provides a service to others, it is also personally rewarding on many levels.

Volunteering provides an endless list of benefits to both the organization you're supporting and yourself. Some times there are not paid positions available that fit your career goals. Volunteering provides you professional experience to avoid resume gaps, grow your network, and keep your skills sharp. Aviano hosts a large variety of units, organizations, and facilities that need your talents!

Volunteer hours are recorded to provide an official record of volunteering, to help with quantifying the overall workload at Aviano AB, and for award nominations.

Any volunteer may register at www.presidentialserviceawards.gov and record volunteer activities. When using this website President’s Volunteer Service Award Website to log your hours, please remember to edit your profile and enter Aviano A&FRC as the Certifying Organization; use the Record of Service Key: FVK-39863. Check out awards you could earn listed below:

Air Force Volunteer Excellence Award (VEA)

The VEA was established to recognize federal civilians, family members, and military and federal retirees who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct, and consequential nature. The VEA is available to up to four (4) Aviano AFB personnel annually. A call for nominations is normally sent in the first quarter of the calendar year.

President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

The A&FRC is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award – a recognition program for Americans of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. The program recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served in a calendar year. Whether you use the PVSA Website or the Volunteer WebApp to log you hours, the A&FRC Volunteer Program Manager and PVSA Certifying Official will validate your hours to ensure you receive the recognition you deserve.

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Military members may become eligible for the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. This award is processed through the Military Personnel Flight; approval authority is delegated to commanders authorized to award their Service Achievement Medal.

Volunteer Service as Part of Performance Recognition

Volunteer service is utilized as part of the performance rating for military members, and is used for quarterly and annual recognition packages for military members and civilians.

How to Volunteer

If you need further assistance with determining where to volunteer, please attend the A&FRC Volunteer Orientation or call the A&FRC at 632-5407 for an appointment. A staff member will work with you and may coordinate with an agency to place you in a position.
If you are accepted for a volunteer position at an Air Force organization, a DD Form 2793 must be completed. The organization can help you complete it, you will sign it, then bring it to the A&FRC for our signature. (It is best to call first – 632-5407, 0434-30-5407)

Below are some organizations, groups, and facilities around base that are always looking for volunteers. Be sure to check the most current listings at the top of this page for positions needed right now!

American Red Cross

American Red Cross volunteers touch lives in the community every day. They are the heart and soul of the Red Cross and represent every age, gender, religion, race and ethnicity. There are several levels of volunteering available to give back to the community and grow professionally in a strong organization. The American Red Cross at Aviano handles volunteering for the Clinic and the Vet Clinic in addition to their many activities and programs. For more information on volunteering through Aviano's American Red Cross, reach out to them on their Facebook page or call DSN 632-5576 (0434-30-5576).

Community Center

The 31 FSS Community Center plans and executes some of Aviano's largest events including 4th of July, Fall Fest, Aviano's Got Talent, and the Holiday Tree Lighting, as well as USO or Armed Forces Entertainment sponsored events such as concerts and other performers. Additionally, the Community Center provides themed bingos, dances, and more to the Aviano community. The Community Center is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love planning or working events. If you are interested in a fun way to get involved with the community while gaining unique experiences in a variety of roles, the Community Center has plenty of volunteer opportunities available! Contact 632-5479 (0434-30-5479) for more information.

Girl Scouts

Volunteer with Girl Scouts today! Unleash her inner leader. As a volunteer you'll introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to take the lead and change the world. You'll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor - helping them develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership. Imagine the excitement, the memories made, and the impact - this is what you'll share as a Girl Scout volunteer.

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, nearly 1.2 million adults provide leadership and mentoring to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Through the dedication of these many volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America remains the foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training in America. To these volunteers we would like to say thank you for your dedication to Scouting. And, to adults who are not currently Scout volunteers, we invite you to become a volunteer and share in the positive experiences of the Scouting programs. Give back to the youth in your community, and sign up to volunteer today!

Professional Development

There are a wide range of development opportunities available at Aviano. From educational to employment workshops, there are numerous options for you to grow in your professional skills, explore talents and interests, and learn how to navigate the professional world. Some re-occuring workshops and development programs are listed below.

The A&FRC can work with job seekers one-on-one for resume review, job search tips, and federal resume/application guidance. You don't have to do it alone! Contact the A&FRC today at DSN 632-5407, or commercial 0434-30-5407 to schedule an appointment.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)

MSEP is part of DoD's broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative, which seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing:

  • Career exploration as they explore their skills, interests, and goals
  • Education and training to help them identify academic, licensing, or credential requirements that can help them reach their career goals
  • Employment readiness assistance to optimize their self-marketing skills
  • Employment connections that help them find and maintain a rewarding career

MSEP is a targeted recruitment and employment solution creating employment connections that provide companies with direct access to military spouses seeking career opportunities and spouses with direct access to employers who are actively recruiting. Find a job through MSEP on mysepjobs.militaryonesource.mil.

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program

The My Career Advancement Account (MYCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate's degree in a portable career field and occupation. Learn how to get started and request financial assistance for your education here.

The Aviano Education and Training Center

The Education Center at Aviano boasts USAFE's newest education center with state of the art classrooms, including a Chemistry/Biology laboratory! In partnership with four local colleges and universities, our Education Center offers five terms per year providing classes at the certificate, Associate, Bachelor, and Master degree level. Study Skills classes are conducted on a monthly basis. For more details on programs and resources available through the Education Center, visit their page here.

Employment Workshops

The A&FRC offers re-occuring workshops dedicated to providing job seekers with the best training and skills to suit them for the professional world. Some of those workshops are: 

  • Aviano Employment 101:
  • Federal Jobs 101
  • Boots to Business: Interested in entrepreneurship? Whether you're active duty looking to enter the civilian world, a spouse wanting to develop their own business, or anyone in between - this free workshop will cover all the details you need to know to take the first steps towards your goal.
  • Resume 101: Resume writing can feel like a challenge, especially when standards change based on the job you apply to. Learn what future employers are looking for on your resume to get your foot in the door.
  • Career Technical Training:

To learn when the next workshop is, check the monthly Snapshot magazine or stop by the A&FRC!

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