Apply to USDS
We’re working to build a workforce that reflects the people we serve. We know that we better serve the public when our staff represents the country’s diversity.
Our projects impact people who come from diverse backgrounds, speak multiple languages, hold varying levels of education, and have differing access to technology. We want to build project teams that can understand a variety of lived experiences as we work to deliver services to all people, including those who have traditionally been underserved.
USDS operates on a tour-of-service model where people can join for up to four years. We’re always looking for mission-driven people to serve. To learn more about the skills we’re hiring for, see “How we work.”
Complete the application below and attach your resume (and portfolio, if you’re a designer).
People who progress to the interview process will connect with a member of our talent team over the phone.
Participate in interviews to assess for skills important to our disciplines.
If selected, your USDS Talent partner will work with you throughout the selection and onboarding process.
Onboarding to USDS can take several weeks depending on completion of a required background check. Our Talent team will be with you every step of the way and your Talent partner will keep you up-to-date throughout the process.
If you aren’t selected to join USDS, you can apply again after one year with an updated resume.
One of our core values is to hire and empower great people. We want all candidates to have the accommodations that will set them up for success in their interview.
You can say that you’d like to request a disability accommodation when you submit your application. If you progress through the interview process, a member of our Talent team will contact you to talk about any accommodations that will best help you demonstrate your skills.
A few examples are:
Requesting a sign language interpreter or video relay service
Asking for a video interview instead of phone
Asking for extended breaks between interviews
To work at USDS, you must be a U.S. citizen and pass a background check and a drug test.
You may have applied for a government job that previously required a COVID-19 vaccine. As of August 2022, you don’t need a COVID-19 vaccine to be hired as a federal employee. We’ll update our information if this changes in the future.
We’re currently hiring both remote employees and people who are local to Washington, DC. If you have additional questions about remote or in-person work, please reach out to the USDS Talent Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salaries in government may change every year. For 2023, you may be paid up to $183,500 depending on your experience as well as where you’re located in the United States or U.S. territories.
USDS offers an expansive portfolio of benefits, like health insurance, work-life programs, and retirement plans for employees. We highlighted some of the benefits that applicants typically have questions about below.
The Federal Government provides a comparison tool that lets you see the plans that could be available to you. Plans very based on where you live.
Enter your zip code, then select “Federal & U.S. Postal Service Employee” for “enrollee type”, and “biweekly” for “pay frequency” to see plans available to you.
Visit the Healthcare section of OPM’s website for more information.
Dental and vision insurance
Visit the Dental & Vision section of OPM’s website for more information.
Thrift savings plan (TSP)
Long-term retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k)
Employees are elegible to get up to 5% matching
Visit the “TSP basics” section of the TSP website for more information.
Flexible spending plan
Pre-tax funds for out of pocket medical, dental, vision expenses as well as dependent and elder care expenses
Visit the Flexible Spending Accounts section of OPM’s website for more information.
Pension plan (Federal Employee Retirement System or FERS)
Pension for retirement that’s calculated based on earnings and length of service
Visit the FERS section of OPM’s website for more information.
Option to get life insurance, with additional voluntary life insurance available
Visit the Life Insurance section of OPM’s website for more information.
Confidential Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to assist with life challenges that may affect your job, health, and well-being
Paid time off
13 days per year (for employees who are new to the Federal Government)
Learn more about accruing paid time off on OPM’s website
Paid sick days
13 days per year
Learn more about accruing sick leave on OPM’s website
Paid federal holidays
11 days per year
Paid parental leave
12 weeks (for employees who qualify)
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