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Peace Corps Volunteer
2 years, 3 months
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Peace Corps Response
Up to 12 months
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Virtual Service Pilot
3-6 months
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If you are flexible in where you serve for the two-year Peace Corps Volunteer program, our experts can match you with a position and country based on your experience and preferences.

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The Peace Corps is a U.S. government agency that is dedicated to building and sustaining relationships with global communities through the service of dedicated Volunteers. With a variety of positions in the U.S. and overseas, the Peace Corps is a place where your talents and experience can support lasting and measurable impact in the lives of people around the world. Whether you are just starting your career or have professional experience and/or specialized skills already, the Peace Corps is a great place to work.

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Learn about employment requirements

Learn about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Domestic positions

Many staff positions relate to the recruitment and selection of Volunteers, in addition to a wide range of roles in program management, administrative services, finance, security, human capital, communications, legal services, health services, and information technology.

Submitting an application

Only U.S. citizens can be employed for Peace Corps staff positions. Apply or view a list of current staff vacancies at USAJOBS.

The Peace Corps Hiring Benefit (PCHB) for RPCVs

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), including Returned Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs), are eligible to be hired for Peace Corps domestic employee positions for up to three years after their service completion date if they have satisfactorily completed the term of their Volunteer service. Click here to learn more about this hiring opportunity—the Peace Corps Hiring Benefit (PCHB).

Apply to the Peace Corps Eligibility (PCE) roster on USAJOBS to be considered for entry-level positions. Please consult USAJOBS for non-entry level positions.

Overseas positions

The Peace Corps offers a variety of full-time staff and contractor opportunities in the host countries where Volunteers serve.

Country post management positions

Each overseas Post has three direct-hire positions, who together effectively lead the host country staff team to optimize the safe, quality, and high-impact service experience for the Volunteers. These three positions may only be filled by U.S. citizens:

  • Country director: Provides leadership to plan, coordinate, and direct all aspects of the assigned country program. Develops strategies for planning and/or implementing major agency programs of national scope and impact on the host country.
  • Director of management and operations: Responsible for Post administrative operations, including budget formulation and execution, human resource management, procurement, contracts, property management, supervising information systems administration, and all aspects of general services support, including vehicle fleet management.
  • Director of programming and training: Provide comprehensive support to programming and training activities at Post to promote effectiveness of Peace Corps programs and enhance field support for Peace Corps Trainees/Volunteers.

In addition to eligibility requirements for domestic Peace Corps positions and government benefits, overseas direct-hire staff are eligible for, among other things, home leave, rest and recuperation, and country-specific COLA. All Peace Corps overseas direct-hire staff must receive top secret security clearance and medical clearance. Language skills are required for some Posts.

Beyond the three positions listed above that provide leadership to our Posts, there may be additional direct-hire positions available that provide Post-specific or regional responsibilities. They include: deputy director of programming and training, program manager, regional mental health officer, or Peace Corps safety and security officer.

For contractor opportunities in host countries check the individual Peace Corps host country pages for a list of current openings.

Submitting an application

To view a list of current vacancies with full job descriptions and application requirements, or to apply, visit USAJOBS.

Medical officer positions

To support our Volunteers in the field, Peace Corps medical officers are needed at each Peace Corps country post and are limited to licensed physicians and licensed and certified nurse practitioners. These contract positions serve as the primary healthcare providers for Peace Corps Volunteers and Trainees overseas. The Peace Corps hires locally available U.S. citizens, host country nationals, and third-country nationals for medical officer positions. The open solicitation will provide information about the position as well as instructions on how to apply.

Submitting an application

U.S. citizens and third-country nationals (applying for positions outside their country of permanent residence) can apply whenever there is an open solicitation for a Peace Corps medical officer position posted to Sam.gov.

Foreign nationals seeking a medical officer position should direct their questions on current openings, eligibility, and the application process to the Peace Corps office in the country they wish to work.

Other post or roving positions

The vast majority of each overseas Post’s staff are in contract positions and are citizens or permanent residents of the host country. Occasionally, U.S. citizens and/or third-country nationals (applying for positions outside their country of permanent residence) may be eligible for a post contract position or a roving position that benefits more than one post (e.g. roving director of management and operations, roving director of programming and training, roving senior advisor, roving Peace Corps medical officer).

Submitting an application

Foreign nationals should direct their questions on current openings, eligibility, and the application process to the Peace Corps office in the country in which they wish to work.

Occasionally, U.S. citizens and/or third-country nationals (applying for positions outside their country of permanent residence) are invited to apply for contract positions (long-term, short-term, or intermittent) posted to Sam.gov.

Learn more about Equal Opportunity policies

The Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202.692.1200, or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity at 202.692.2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and Volunteer service.

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View current staff vacancies at USAJOBS and start your application.