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The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the premier engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. As the research organization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC conducts R&D in support of the Soldier, military installations, and civil works projects (water resources, environmental missions, etc.) as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industry through innovative work agreements. ERDC research is developing innovative solutions for a safer, better world.


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 Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

In an effort to maximize expedited appointment authorities into various career fields with the ERDC, we directly accept resumes from qualified candidates for potential future vacancies using the full-range of DHAs. The following are some of the occupational families and/or categories of direct or non-competitive hire used by ERDC:

  • Financial Management Experts
  • Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates
  • Information Technology Management (Information Security)
  • Contracting Acquisition Specialists
  • Veteran Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic (STEM) and Technician
  • Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA)
  • 30% More Disabled Veteran
  • Schedule A Hiring Authority for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Bachelor’s and/or Advanced Degrees in STEM Fields:
 Exceptional Benefits

ERDC offers an outstanding government employee benefits package, including:

  • Competitive salaries, which also include annual cost-of-living adjustments. Some benefits vary from site-to-site, but ERDC is dedicated to supporting members of our workforce – and improving their quality of life – across the board.
  • Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS): A retirement plan that provides benefits from three different sources:  a Basic Benefit Plan, Social Security and a 401(k)-type savings plan (the Thrift Savings Plan)
  • Group health (FEHB) and life insurance (FEGLI).
  • FEHB subsidy plans, including long-term care disability insurance, dental and vision insurance, and flexible spending account options.
  • Paid time off: 10 paid federal holidays per year, 13 sick days and 13, 20 or 26 days of vacation leave depending upon years of service or related work experience.

More detailed information can be found at

 Work-Life Benefits

In addition to great job opportunities, ERDC also offers:

  • Fitness:  Enjoy a free gym at the Vicksburg and Champaign campuses.
  • Recreation:  All of our locations have many recreational opportunities including archery, hunting, fishing and camping.
  • Telework:  Many positions are eligible for telework along with alternate work schedules to promote work/life balance.
  • Amazing travel:  Many positions offer travel opportunities all across the world! Partake in the many employee organizations to meet new people and network across the installation.
  • Career Development and Mentoring Program:  ERDC offers a wide variety of training opportunities including leadership development. The Vicksburg site has a Graduate Institute allows employees and local residents to obtain advanced degrees. We also have a wonderful mentoring program as well as other career development opportunities.
 Individuals with Disabilities

ERDC is dedicated to providing a safe, accommodating, inclusive work environment for a workforce as diverse as the nation we serve. Individuals with disabilities (IWD) make up an important and growing part of our team. We are committed to implementing and expanding our IWD hiring initiatives, education within our organization and to lowering barriers to work. Although many of our positions require degrees in engineering, math, science or business, we also have non-degree positions in clerical, trades/blue collar, technical and logistical fields.

People with documented disability may be eligible for employment through the Schedule A non-competitive hiring process. For more information on Schedule A hiring authority for persons with disabilities, click here


Veterans are a highly valued part of our workforce and paramount to the mission we serve every day. ERDC has countless opportunities for candidates with backgrounds across the spectrum of both technology and business. We are committed to reintegrating veterans from all services into our organization.

ERDC work requires the same qualities veterans earned in the service: leadership, management and technical skills. Veterans and other professionals fulfill our immediate mission demands and ensure long-term organizational viability. ERDC leadership values diversity and inclusion by all workforce members and has non-competitive hiring programs to provide career opportunities to qualified veterans.

More detailed information for various hiring authorities for veterans can be found here

 Training and Education Opportunities
  • Graduate Institute – Did you know that ERDC will support you while you pursue your advanced degree (Masters and Doctorate)?  ERDC’s state of the art Graduate Institute (GI) provides graduate-level education through association with academic institutions.  Currently, the GI has active Educational Partnership Agreements with Alcorn State University, Hinds Community College, Louisiana State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M University, Tulane University, University of Arkansas, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, and Vanderbilt University, enabling ERDC employees to earn academic credit and graduate degrees in a multitude of STEM areas and business fields.  Employees may also take classes in a non-degree status for additional training. The GI also provides proctoring services.
  • Leadership Development Program (LDP) - It's just what it says: a great opportunity for you to identify, build, and refine your leadership skills. LDP will equip you with valuable knowledge about yourself, your peers, and the ERDC. The tools you acquire as part of LDP will not only help shape your career, but also build future leaders for the ERDC, USACE, and beyond.
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