Norfolk District Careers

The most important thing we do at Norfolk District is hire the right people. Our employees' collective brainpower, varied skills and confidence are why we can take on the world's most complex engineering challenges. 

We conduct our hiring two ways: Direct-Hire Authorities and through the federal government's official hiring site, USAJOBS

1) Direct-Hire Authorities allow us to hire qualified applicants directly into vacancies. These listings often include multiple vacancy opportunities and interested candidates are encouraged to submit resumes and any other supporting documentation to: CENAO-RECRUIT@usace.army.mil.

  • Vacancies are open to former/current federal employees and the public
  • Incentive or relocation bonuses may be available.
  • Vacancies are available at various GS levels and will be determined based upon applicant’s experience.

2) USAJOBS website allows jobseekers the opportunity to peruse job announcements through a filtered search. It offers an integrated resume builder and document-loading options.

Listed below are the job announcements currently being hired for on USAJOBS and through our DHA. 

Norfolk District Virtual Career Fair - April 29, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, will host a “Careers Virtual Open House” event April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to fill multiple vacancies within the organization.

USACE Norfolk District is recruiting professionals in the following positions

Contract Specialist (1102)
Civil Engineer (0810)
Civil Engineer (Structural) (0810)
Civil Engineer (Hydraulics) (0810)
Civil Engineer (Hydrologic) (0810)
Civil Engineer (Geotechnical) (0810)
Economist (0110)
Regulatory Specialist (Interdisciplinary) (0401)

You can find specific positions and job titles that fall under these series at:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards 

How to Register? In order to be considered, please submit your resume by registering at https://tinyurl.com/yavp2h6j 

Event Schedule:
0900-0915: Introduction and Opening Remarks
0915-0930: Norfolk District Overview
0930-0945: Navigating USA Jobs
0945-1000: Pathways Program
1000-1030: Federal Resume & Interviewing Tips

**Candidates will have opportunities to meet with Hiring Managers one on one**

For more information on careers at the Norfolk District, visit us at https://www.nao.usace.army.mil/Careers/ 

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Current Direct-Hire Vacancies

  • Civil (Hydraulics) Engineer

Series/Grade: GS-0810-12/13

A vacancy exists for a Hydraulics Engineer at Norfolk, Va.. Applicants should have a background in hydrologic and hydraulic design with emphasis on riverine and coastal systems, use of CADD/BIM, and licensure as a Professional Engineer is preferred. 

Applicants interested in any of the above vacancies should submit their resume and any other supporting documentation to: CENAO-RECRUIT@usace.army.mil.

  • Contracting Specialist

Series/Grade: GS-1102-12

Multiple vacancies exist for  Contracting Specialists at Norfolk, Va.. Applicants should have a background in contracting and an accredited four-year degree with 24 business and/or  finance credits. Experience with pre  and post award functions for  procurements including construction,  Architect-Engineering, and other service or supply contracts is preferred. 

Applicants interested in any of the above vacancies should submit their resume and any other supporting documentation to: CENAO-RECRUIT@usace.army.mil.

  • Procurement Analyst

Series/Grade: GS-1102-12

A vacancy exists for a Procurement Analyst at Norfolk, Va. Applicants should have an accredited four-year degree with 24 business and/or finance credits, and experience with federal acquisition policy and regulations, and simplified acquisitions.

Applicants interested in any of the above vacancies should submit their resume and any other supporting documentation to: CENAO-RECRUIT@usace.army.mil.

  • Project Engineer 

Series/Grade: GS-08xx-09/11/12

Multiple vacancies exist for Project Engineers at field offices located at Radford AAP and Holston AAP.  Applicants should have a background in construction, and accredited engineering degree, and licensure as a Professional Engineer is preferred.

Applicants interested in any of the above vacancies should submit their resume and any other supporting documentation to: CENAO-RECRUIT@usace.army.mil.

  • ​Construction Quality Assurance Representative

Series/Grade: GS-0809-09/10/11

Multiple vacancies exist for Construction Quality Assurance Representatives at field offices located at Radford Army Ammunition Plant and Holston Army Ammunition Plant. Applicants should have a background in construction and Veterans are preferred.

Applicants interested in any of the above vacancies should submit their resume and any other supporting documentation to: CENAO-RECRUIT@usace.army.mil.

Contact information

Human Resources/Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
803 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-201-7319

Federal Careers Open House Breakout Sessions

Breakout session replays from the 2020 Federal Careers Open House are available at:

Federal Agency Mission Briefs

How to Navigate USAJOBS

Careers FAQ

Do I have to join the Army? 

No! In working for the Army Corps of Engineers, you are a CIVILIAN employee of the Department of Defense.

Do you have paid internships?

We do offer paid internships! Refer to our Pathways page to see what openings we may have. 

I'm not an engineer. Are there other types of jobs?

Absolutely. More than half of our jobs are for non-engineers/scientists.

Is there an age limit for USACE jobs?

Generally, no. If a particular position does have a maximum age requirement, the job announcement will provide specific information on this.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

Yes. Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals may be appointed to competitive service Federal jobs.

If I am found to be qualified, will I get an interview?

The decision to interview may depend on a variety of factors, including your ranking against other candidates, the number of positions being filled, and the number of people who applied.

How can I find out for which positions I am qualified?

Vacancy announcements will include the qualification requirements, such as education and/or experience, license requirements, etc. You should review the vacancy announcement to determine whether you meet the requirements for the position.

All of my work experience was obtained while serving in the military. Based on my military rank/grade, how can I find out the civilian salary, pay, and grade level I qualify for?

Your military pay, grade, and rank alone cannot determine your eligibility for a specific civilian salary, grade level, or pay range. On your job application, it is important that you completely and accurately describe the duties you performed during your military service, particularly those military duties that relate directly to the position you are applying for. The agency will then evaluate your qualifications to determine whether you are eligible for the occupation and grade levels advertised on the vacancy announcement. Please be sure to submit all requested documents in a timely manner and follow the application procedures described in the vacancy announcement.

How soon before college graduation can I apply for a Recent Graduate position?

Our job announcement may include a statement regarding accepting applications from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of applying. However, the education must be completed successfully before your start date.