Indian Affairs | Veterans

American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans

Make a Difference Throughout Indian Country

Indian Affairs offers many opportunities to make a difference throughout Indian Country. There are opportunities nationwide in a wide range of occupational areas including:

  • Social Services
  • K-12 and Post-secondary Education
  • Law Enforcement and Corrections
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Economic Development
  • Construction and Maintenance

Duty Stations Throughout Indian Country

Indian Affairs has more than 188 duty stations in 25 states throughout Indian Country.

Current Job Openings

Federal Benefits


  • Paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • Paid sick leave; no limit on accumulation of hours
  • 10 paid annual Federal holidays
  • 15 days paid annual military leave
  • Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption/foster care of a child, and for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious health problem


  • Choice of group health insurance plans with the majority of premiums paid by the Federal Government; insurance may become effective as soon as the first full pay period after beginning duty.
  • Term-life insurance with coverage based on salary and with the cost shared by the Federal Government; family and additional coverage options available.


Employees are covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS), a three-tier retirement plan comprised of Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits, and the Thrift Saving Plan (TSP). TSP is a tax-deferred savings plan with an automatic base contribution and partial matching of employee contributions by the Federal Government.


Applying for a Job

  1. Sign up for a account. Indian Affairs accepts applications through the website. is a free web-based job board enabling Federal job seekers access to job opportunities across hundreds of Federal agencies and organizations. Registered users can build a resume or upload a resume in a compatible format for submission across most Federal agencies.
  2. Browse current Indian Affairs job vacancies posted on, or use the interactive job map above.
  3. Carefully review the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section on jobs listings to ensure you meet the basic requirements. Tailor your resume to meet these requirements.
  4. Follow the “How to Apply” instructions listed in the job announcement and provide the exact information requested on the application. Do not leave any sections blank or the application may be considered incomplete and can be rejected.

Veterans Preference

The government fills its vacancies in two ways, competitively and noncompetitively. Through the competitive process, jobs are advertised to the general public on

Veterans Preference awards points to Veterans during the application process, providing an advantage in job placement. Veterans Preference only applies when Veterans are applying to competitive positions, meaning those positions are publicly announced to a pool of job seekers.

Veterans who are disabled, or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain time periods or in military campaigns, are entitled to preference over non-Veterans for Federal positions. To be entitled to Veterans' Preference, a veteran must meet the legal eligibility requirements:

  • An honorable or general discharge is necessary.
  • Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible unless they are disabled.
  • Guard and reserve personnel on active duty for training purposes do not qualify.
Type of Preference When You Apply for A Federal Job
0-Point Preference
If you are classified as having a 0-point preference, you are evaluated on the basis of your qualifications only. When applying for a job, you must submit Form DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to document your discharge under honorable or general conditions.
5-Point Preference
You are eligible for 5-point preference if you served during any of the following:
  • During a war
  • From April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955
  • For 180 or more consecutive days after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through Jan 2, 1992
  • For 180 or more consecutive days between September 11, 2001, and the date prescribed by presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or between April 28, 1952, and July 1, 1955
  • To pursue a 5-point preference, you must submit Form DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to document your discharge under honorable or general conditions.
10-Point Preference
You are eligible for 10-point preference if you served at any time and you have a service-connected disability or received a Purple Heart. To pursue 10-point preference, you must submit:
  • Form DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to document your discharge under honorable or general conditions
  • Form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference
  • Letter from the VA Regional Office stating your disability rating
  • Disabled Veterans receive 10-point preference regardless of their disability rating. As a disabled veteran, you can seek noncompetitive appointments for some positions within IA.

Indian Preference

In Indian Affairs, many positions are subject to Indian Preference. Positions subject to Indian Preference are required by law to provide absolute preference in employment to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are enrolled in a Federally recognized tribe as stipulated by form BIA‑4432.

Indian Preference requirements apply to all actions involved in filling a vacant position (e.g. initial hiring, reassignment, transfer, competitive promotion, reappointment or reinstatement), no matter how the vacancy arises.

Any individual who claims Indian Preference:

  1. Must submit a properly completed and signed BIA‑4432;
  2. Must meet all qualification requirements as defined by the Office of Personnel Management and the Indian Health Service Excepted Service Qualification Standards (Preston Standards); and,
  3. Must be deemed suitable for employment.

Indian Preference vs Veterans Preference

In an opinion by the Solicitor General to the Department of Interior dated June 4, 1954, it was determined that the appointments made under Indian Preference take precedence over the provision of Section 3 of the Veterans’ Preference Act of 1944. It is the policy of Indian Affairs, with respect to appointments in the excepted service that once Indian Preference requirements are met, Veterans’ Preference will be applied as set forth in 5 CFR 302.


Veterans Administration Feds for Vets Website

Feds for Vets helps Veterans and transitioning military service members find Federal or non-profit careers. The Feds for Vets Career Center tools provide opportunities to translate military skills, build Federal resumes and search and apply for open positions. Services include:

  • Military Skills Translator
  • Resume Builder
  • Career Assessments
  • Coaching
  • Job Search

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans Services Website

Visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Veteran Services website for detailed information about Veterans' Preference, including frequently asked questions.