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GARMISCH, Germany — Looking for a job?

Officials at the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe are looking for workers, particularly ones to fill lower-level General Schedule (GS) positions.

“We hire all these positions for our schools on a constant basis,” said Laura Miedema, a DODDS-Europe human resources specialist based in Heidelberg, Germany. “They’re great for people coming back into the GS, or who have never been in the GS workforce.”

There are current job openings throughout Europe for education aids, secretaries, and computer and transportation assistants, among other positions. Most are at the GS-2 through GS-7 levels, with annual salaries of $18,000 to $39,000 for full-time employees.

DODDS-Europe is currently posting openings in 22 jobs at GS-7 or below. Among the duties are tutoring students, grading tests, organizing field trips, checking out library materials or simply answering the phone.

“They are great positions for moms who want to be at the schools where their kids are,” Miedema said. “They’re mom-friendly.”

Miedema, who was recruiting earlier this month at the U.S. European Command Quality of Life Conference, said DODDS jobs are found on the DODDS Web site, The school jobs are separate from those found through other government employment sites such as the Army’s Civilian Human Resources Agency.

The high-need vacancies occur regularly, Miedema said, because they are typically filled by family members who change duty stations every few years. Others become pregnant and decide to leave the workforce, she said.

Preferences are given to most military spouses and family members of military and U.S. government civilians. But spouses and family members can only use the preference once per duty station.

David Ruderman, a DODDS spokesman in Wiesbaden, Germany, said that 250 people have been hired locally this school year by DODDS, and that 25 full and part-time teaching openings still exist.

In addition, DODDS is also looking for people who want to work as substitute teachers, a job that pays $87.50 per day. Waivers can be granted to applicants who do not possess a teaching certificate, Miedema said.

“All the schools are always in need of substitute teachers,” Miedema said. “Ninety percent of the time, if you apply, you’re hired.”


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