Vets 4 HIRE Program
Heroes in Reintegration Experiences
King County’s goal to be the best-run government in the country is creating an atmosphere of innovation that attracts dedicated people from across the nation. We're creating an environment where people come together to solve problems and get results. We value the leadership skills, teamwork, problem-solving, mission orientation and multi-cultural awareness that veterans and military service personnel offer.
We believe the talent, experiences and perspectives of veterans and military service personnel can support us in achieving this goal.
What the Vets 4 HIRE Program offers
- Year-round part-time or full-time structured learning immersion in a variety of fields and levels within King County government
- Valuable hands-on and practical work experience that helps secure future employment with King County or other civilian employers
- A supportive transition experience with access to a variety of support services
- An initial six month paid learning experience with a possible extension up to a total of 2080 hours
- Competitive pay based on military rank held and education level
- An ORCA card that pays the fare for public transportation
- Medical benefits for positions that are funded to work 30 or more hours each week
The King County Vets 4 HIRE Program is made possible by funding from the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy.
- A person who has served as either an active duty or a reservist member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard or National Guard.
If you have questions about this eligibility requirement, please contact the King County Veterans Services Program at 206-477-7022
The positions below have been created for 2021 and are open until filled. Additional opportunities will be added here as they become available. To be considered for a position listed or to be notified of new 2021 positions, please submit an application through our Vets 4 HIRE posting. Once you apply, descriptions of positions that are still accepting interested candidates will be emailed to you along with instructions on how to be considered for them.
NOTE: Applying equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of one’s work is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.
Planning, Policy & Data Analysis (3 positions). Metro Transit Department. King County Metro Transit is a regional and national leader in getting people to work quickly, reducing commuter stress, addressing climate change and improving urban air quality through sustainable transportation strategies, and by providing comfortable, effective, and equitable regional mobility services for commuters, residents, and visitors of King County, Washington. Transit is offering three different learning opportunities for veterans, reservists, and members of the National Guard who have a strong interest in public transportation and the desire to make a difference in King County's transportation landscape. Each position will involve planning, policy and data analysis along with a set of customized learning objectives and deliverables that provide hands-on experience assisting with and accomplishing specific work tasks or projects within each work group. Duration of Assignment and Work Schedule for all 3 Positions: September 2021 - May 2022; Up to 40 hrs./week; All positions will work remotely at least to January 2022.
Desktop Support, Elections. Learn how and gain experience in building, delivering, and supporting productivity workstations and associated hardware, for example, scanners, bar code readers, and printers. This position will perform information technology administrative tasks associated with the management of IT assets, inventory processes, purchase tracking, and surplus of equipment that is no longer needed or outdated. Much of the work will be performed remotely; however, the position will also help the Elections IT staff with day-to-day operations and during the August Primary and the November General elections in the main Renton office or at any of the Vote Centers around King County. This position will work under the guidance of the King County Elections LAN Administrators, Cyber and Systems Engineer, or IT Director. The workweek is typically 40 hours per week, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The person selected must be available to work additional hours, typically evenings and weekends, during the Election cycle, and, as needed to support the business or to respond to service issues or failures. This opportunity will be for a minimum of six (6) months, with a possible extension not to exceed a total of 2080 hours depending on workload. NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
Civil Engineering Assistant, Department of Local Services - Permitting Division. This full-time, one year opportunity is ideal for someone interested in entering the permitting side of residential, commercial, land use, and other types of projects. The individual will assist Land Use Inspectors and receive training to become a Certified Erosion Sediment Control Lead, be trained in confined space safety procedures and in AutoCAD and/or Bluebeam. This position will also learn how to perform statistical sampling and conduct field audits. This position will work part-time in our Snoqualmie office and part-time in the field throughout unincorporated King County. Must be able to read engineering plans, have knowledge of statistics, or a year of algebra, and skill with MS Office/Office 365. This experience will provide an excellent foundation and prepare individuals for other opportunities within the field. POSITION FILLED.
Workers Compensation, Department of Human Resources. Apply your administrative and database skills as you learn about and gain experience in the workers compensation field. You will learn and be involved in investigation and adjudication practices of industrial injury claims, HIPAA compliance and LEAN process improvements. This position will work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in downtown Seattle. The duration of this experience is six months with a possible extension. Projected start date: May 2021. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. POSITION FILLED.
IT Project Management, Department of Assessments. Under the guidance and mentorship of the Director of Information Technology, the selected Veteran Fellow will gain hands-on experience by assisting in the development and execution of coordinating support for IT Projects. The Veteran Fellow will design and apply creative and technical approaches for communications and IT project management support. The individual will also be involved in change management activities, and development of technical user stories, system requirements, Power BI and visual dashboards. This will be a one-year, full time experience. The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. POSITION FILLED.
The Vets 4 HIRE Program offers participants several benefits:
- .025 hours of sick leave accruals for each hour worked
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) medical benefits only when working 30+ hours/week
- USERRA benefits of 21 paid days per year and pay differential
- ORCA bus pass
- Veteran fellows are not eligible for vacation leave, holiday pay or retirement, and medical when the position is less than 30 hours/week
King County offers offers veteran fellows, and all other employees including regular career service, appointed, temporaries and student interns, with generous Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) benefits. This includes
- 21-days of paid uniformed services leave per military fiscal year
- Differential pay while on active duty
- Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits for a uniformed services leave of absence beyond 30-calendar days (only for benefit eligible positions)
- Continued accrual of vacation and sick leave while on uniformed services leave (only for benefit eligible positions)