Jobs & Careers - VA Puget Sound Health Care System
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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Jobs & Careers


By working for the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, you’ll have access to a wider range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.

At VA Puget Sound, we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege, and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. If you have what it takes, please consider applying for one of our available positions.

Our Human Resources office is located near the South entrance of Bldg. 1 in Seattle and is available for applicants Monday – Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Visit us to view our announcements, complete any necessary materials, and submit your application package.
If you need additional information, please contact our Human Resources Management Service at (206) 764-2135.

New Hires and Trainees

Thank you for your interest in working with Veterans and congratulations on your appointment at VA Puget Sound. Before your first day, please click here to find out what you need and what to expect.

Veteran Information

If you are a Veteran and are interested in working for VA Puget Sound, visit for more information about Veterans preference and other options for Veterans in the Federal Government.

Nursing Staff

VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program

For more than 20 years, VA Puget Sound Health Care System has offered an exciting, year-long clinical residency Baccalaureate Program—VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR)for nursing students between their junior and senior years. VALOR is designed to increase participants clinical skills, clinical judgement and critical thinking while caring for our nation’s Veterans. This program provides opportunities for classroom learning and clinical practice with qualified registered nurse (RN) preceptors. Students recruited for the program must have completed the final semester or quarter of their junior year in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program. Students are appointed during the summer months for 400 hours. This experience may continue during the senior academic year, on a part-time basis, for no more than an additional 400 hours.

If you are a nursing professional interested in working for VA Puget Sound, please contact our Nurse Recruiter at (206) 277-3910. If you are a nursing student, please learn about our VALOR program.

Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency (PB-RNR) Program

Welcome to VA Puget Sound Health Care System Post Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency Program. The 12-month, 366 days residency program is for new graduate registered nurses interested in Primary Care Nurse Care Manager Role. The goal is to transition from an academic to practice setting in a mentored environment with the depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as a proficient RN in acute and ambulatory care.

For questions and information about the PB-RNR Program or 206-768-5390.


Employee Benefits

A description of employee benefits is available on the US Office of Personnel Management Employment and Benefits page*. Please note that benefits may differ for professional clinical occupations including physicians and registered nurses.

Political Activities as a Federal Employee

There are restrictions on your partisan political activity imposed by the Hatch Act. 5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326.

All Employees are prohibited at all times from:

  • Fundraising on behalf of a political party, partisan organization or a candidate for partisan office.
  • Using their official VA title or making reference to their VA position while engaging in any political activity.
  • Using their official authority to coerce another to participate in political activity, or soliciting or receiving volunteer services from a subordinate for any political purpose.
  • Running as a candidate for partisan public office.
  • Encouraging or discouraging the political activity of any subordinate employee, any person who has any business pending before VA, or any person who is receiving any VA benefits.

For more information or to refer to the Hatch Act, please visit The Office of Special Council Website.

VA Job Applications and Forms

Application instructions specific to each job posting can be found at the end of the announcement in the “How to Apply” section. Most positions require you to apply online, while some healthcare positions allow you to merely submit a resume/curriculum vitae to be considered. Each announcement also includes a “Required Documents” section that lists all the forms and documents required to be considered.

VA has several different application forms based on your occupation type. If the job announcement requires a particular application in the “Required Documents” section of the announcement, look in the table below to find the correct form for your occupation, as well as additional required forms.

Responding to a Job Announcement

Be sure to follow the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” instructions given in the job announcement. They are your primary guide for responding to a posted opening. The vast majority of positions require an online application with the exception of a few healthcare occupations therefore it is important to fully complete the online application process after which you should receive a system-generated confirmation via email.

If you are unable to comply with the application instructions and require assistance or if you have additional questions, you should contact the point of contact in the “Agency contact information” section at the bottom of the announcement.

The documents below are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Acrobat Reader software can be downloaded for free.

VA Job Applications and Forms
Form Number Form Description
Download 10-2850 Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors
Download 10-2850A Application for Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurse
Download 10-2850C Application for Associated Health Occupations
Download 10-2850D Application for Health Professions Trainees
Download OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment form
Download SF 15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference
Instructions for Faxing The How to Apply section of the job announcement will provide instructions for faxing documents, if it is an accepted method for submitting items for that job announcement.