DTRA Career Opportunities


The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is soliciting resumes for several positions at various grade levels. We have very unique opportunities for recent grads or experienced professionals looking for a career change. For more information about positions at DTRA, see the links below.


The following incentives may be authorized:

Recruitment Incentive

This incentive allows a manager to request a payment of up to 100% of the annual rate of pay (including locality pay) to a newly appointed or reappointed employee, depending on the length of service agreement (25% per year for up to 2 years).* This may be used for positions that are hard to fill, when the candidate is well qualified and the candidate may not be a current federal employee. A service agreement will generally be used to state the conditions under which this incentive is being offered.

Relocation Incentive

A relocation incentive is a payment of up to 100% of the annual rate of pay (including locality) to a current federal employee accepting a position in a different commuting area, depending on the length of the service agreement (25% per year for up to 2 years).* This may be used for positions that are hard to fill when the candidate is well qualified and a current federal employee, to entice an employee to accept a hard-to-fill position in a different geographic area. To receive a relocation incentive, an employee must remain employed with your DoD Component for at least 12 months. In addition, the employee may only receive this incentive once he or she has established residence (for not less than six months or not more than two years) in the new location.

Superior Qualifications Appointments

Under this provision, a superior qualifications appointment involves setting pay higher than the Step 1 of the grade of an employee newly appointed or reappointed to the federal government. This is based on his or her superior qualifications or because the employee meets a special need of the agency. The possibility of using a recruitment incentive must be considered before using this appointment.

Student Loan Repayment

Used to repay federally insured student loans. May be used as a recruitment or retention incentive for candidates or current employees. Authorized payments must be based upon the authorized management official’s written determination that student loan repayments for the employee would enhance the command’s ability to carry out its mission, and may be based on funding availability and performance. There is a maximum of $10,000 for an employee in a calendar year and a lifetime total of not more than $60,000 for any one employee. To receive a student loan repayment, the employee must sign a service agreement of at least three years. The service agreement will state the amount of the loan repayment authorized for each year of the recipient’s service requirement.

Credit for Prior Non-Federal Work Experience and Certain Military Service for Determining Leave Accrual Rate

This incentive offers annual leave accrual for directly related experience in non-Federal or active duty Military Service positions when such credit would serve as an incentive to acquire high quality talent for positions that are important to mission accomplishment or achievement of performance goals. The employee must be receiving his or her first appointment (regardless of tenure) as a civilian employee of the Federal Government or be reappointed following a break in service of at least 90 calendar days after his or her last period of civilian Federal employment to be considered for annual leave accrual. Annual leave service credit must be approved before the effective date of initial appointment or reappointment.



The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is designed to attract outstanding graduate students and individuals with advanced Degrees in a wide variety of academic disciplines to leadership and Management careers in the Federal service. These individuals are hired into Pay Band 1 or GS - 9 with full performance to the Pay Band 2 or GS-12 equivalent level. Participants are required to complete rotational assignments. After successful completion of the 2-year program, DTRA may convert the PMF to a permanent Federal position at the Pay Band 2. This program is managed by the Office of Personnel Management.

Learn more by visiting the Presidential Management Fellows web site »


The former Student Educational Employment Programs (STEP and SCEP) have been replaced with the Pathways Internship Program (Intern NTE and Intern). Currently DTRA is recruiting for these positions. Pathways positions are available and announced via USAJobs. Learn more by visiting USA Jobs website, key search word: DTRA.


The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Education Program is a DoD sponsored program that promotes the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate science, mathematics and engineering students. Students are offered scholarships and fellowships in exchange for a period of employment with DoD in the areas specified.

Learn more about this program by visiting the SMART Program web site »


The National Security Educational Program (NSEP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored program that promotes the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate science, mathematics and engineering students. Students are offered these scholarships and fellowships in exchange for a period of employment of up to four years with DoD.

Learn more about this program by visiting the NSEP web site »


DTRA hires people with disabilities, including veterans with thirty percent or more disabilities. The federal government recognizes that people with disabilities have a right to full and fair consideration for any job for which they apply. Applicants can apply to vacancy announcements, which are posted on the USA Jobs website, or email their resume to the selective placement program coordinator in DTRA’s Equal Opportunity Office. For additional information regarding special appointing authorities for people with disabilities, please call (703) 767-4451.


The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects Federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace primarily through summer or in some cases permanent jobs. Co-sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and DoD with the participation of many other Federal agencies, the WRP has provided employment opportunities for nearly 4,500 students since 1995. Students represent all majors and range from college freshmen to graduate and law students. Information from these student interviews is compiled in a searchable database.

Learn more by visiting the WRP web site »


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