While you might immediately associate VA careers with clinical roles and medical professions, there are a number of entry-level jobs that keep the wheels in the wheels running smoothly.
Let’s take a look at five unique positions you might not have realized were available on our team.
You’ll find administrative assistants in nearly every VA department, working to help administrative leadership and professional staff with clerical duties.
As an administrative assistant, you will have a good deal of responsibility in your daily work, as you will be an integral part of the good management of your department. Policies, budgets, tax management, personnel, logistics or property management can be your daily tasks.
motor vehicle operator
Drive patient transport vehicles – including emergency vehicles, vans, buses and more – as a motor vehicle operator.
You’ll transport veterans to and from VA medical center facilities, private health care facilities, veterans homes, or even railroads, bus stations, or airports. You may be required to drive cars, station wagons, vans, pickup trucks and panel, stake or open-bed trucks.
In addition to driving, you will be responsible for maintaining your vehicles, both interior and exterior, keeping them in a clean and usable condition for your passengers. Inspecting your vehicles for wear and reporting issues to the appropriate department is also your responsibility.
A prosthetic representative helps provide prosthetic and sensory aid services to veterans. They also work directly with veterans and clinical teams to help veterans apply for automotive-friendly equipment, home improvements and structural modifications, and clothing allowances.
You can also conduct home visits with other health care providers to assess a veteran’s home for upgrades or equipment needed to improve the patient’s quality of life. Record keeping is also a big part of the job, as you will be responsible for managing the documentation surrounding your efforts to help veterans.
Provide recreational therapy and diversionary activities to residents of VA Community Living Centers as a recreational therapist.
You will need a general understanding of the leisure needs of a variety of patient populations to assess patient histories, interests, and skills to establish better guidelines for individual projects.
You will also administer and interpret a wide variety of creative skills tests and interviews to assess patients’ mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical abilities. The ability to motivate others is essential, as you may need to encourage not only your patients, but also those who help you care for these veterans.
A transportation assistant reviews and authorizes travel and lodging requests for veterans traveling from home to VA medical appointments.
As a transportation assistant, you may find yourself providing and coordinating transportation through VA resources or non-VA common carriers. You can also make accommodation reservations for veterans and their families, ensuring that all the necessary paperwork is completed to make their trip as pleasant as possible.
Work at VA
Roles like these – whether administrative, technical, or support – may not immediately come to mind when you think of VA, but these roles are important to VA and the veterans we serve. Browse these careers and more as your first step toward a VA career.
REMARK: The positions listed in this article were open at the time of publication. All currently available positions are listed on USAJobs.gov.