ABMC has a civil service complement of 80 positions, more than 50 of which are located overseas in our 25 cemeteries in 10 countries and the Overseas Support Office located in Garches, France.
Employment for US Citizens
Most of our positions available overseas are as Assistant Cemetery Superintendents, a training position that prepares you ultimately for being a Superintendent at one of our overseas cemeteries. These positions require a mix of skills including:
- Ability to supervise a blue-collar work crew in their local language
- Ability to maintain and care for the cemetery itself, including the physical features (buildings, roads, pathways, etc.), utilities, and horticultural elements
- Ability to interact with the public and local officials communicating the story of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen buried and memorialized in our cemeteries, and of the military operations in the immediate area
Because our cemeteries are often located in remote areas, host language proficiency is a required qualification and a selective factor during the hiring process. Target languages include French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish. A minimum rating of 3 on the speaking and 2+ on the reading scale under the rating criteria of the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) is required to be considered for these positions. See individual vacancy announcements for details.
Individuals selected for employment at one of our cemeteries are hired at the GS-1630-07/09 Assistant level and must successfully complete a one-year trial period. Employees are subject to assignment to any ABMC installation worldwide in accordance with the needs of the agency.
ABMC also has approximately 10 specialist positions in the Overseas Support Office in Garches, France that support cemetery operations. These positions require a minimum of 1+ speaking and 3 reading on the ILR scale in French.
Employment in the United States
ABMC has a headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia consisting of 30+ staff who provide administrative support for the commission, the secretary, and all overseas sites.
All ABMC employees are eligible to receive the following benefits:
- Competitive salaries
- Health insurance (including long-term care insurance and flexible savings accounts)
- Life insurance
- Annual and sick leave
- Ten paid holidays per year
- Generous retirement benefits, including participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, a pre-tax savings plan similar to a 401(k)
In addition, employees posted at overseas duty stations receive:
- Paid moving expenses
- Overseas cost-of-living allowance
- Free or subsidized housing
- Generous educational allowances for dependent minor children
- Fifteen days of leave each year to visit the United States (home leave)
How can I apply?
Vacancy announcements and application requirements are posted on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS website. We encourage anyone interested in employment with ABMC to sign up for email notifications so that you will find out immediately once a new position is open.
Employment for non-US Citizens
Most ABMC employees are non-US citizens employed at one of our overseas locations. These positions are primarily blue-collar (gardeners, masons, mechanics, etc.), interpretive guides, or administrative and technical support. These positions are recruited in the country where they are located and are not open to US citizens or dual-US nationals.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about employment at ABMC.
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