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King County’s goal to be the best-run government in the country is creating an atmosphere of innovation that attracts dedicated people from across the nation. We're creating an environment where people come together to solve problems and get results. We value the leadership skills, teamwork, problem-solving, mission orientation and multi-cultural awareness that veterans and military service personnel offer.

We believe the talent, experiences and perspectives of veterans and military service personnel can support us in achieving this goal.

What the Vets 4 HIRE Program offers

  • Year-round part-time or full-time structured learning immersion in a variety of fields and levels within King County government
  • Valuable hands-on and practical work experience that helps secure future employment with King County or other civilian employers
  • A supportive transition experience with access to a variety of support services
  • An initial six month paid learning experience with a possible extension up to a total of 2080 hours
  • Competitive pay based on military rank held and education level 
  • An ORCA card that pays the fare for public transportation
  • Medical benefits for positions that are funded to work 30 or more hours each week

The King County Vets 4 HIRE Program is made possible by funding from the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy.


  • A person who has served as either an active duty or a reservist member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard or National Guard.

If you have questions about this eligibility requirement, please contact the King County Veterans Services Program at 206-477-7022


We fill 16 Vets 4 HIRE experiences each year in a variety of career fields. As positions become created they will be listed on the King County Careers webpage, so check back regularly. To be notified of Vets 4 HIRE positions as they become available, sign up on our email list.

Positions will be filled through the general Vets 4 HIRE Program, specific Veteran Fellow or combined Student Intern/Veteran Fellow job postings. Make sure to apply to all Veteran Fellow or Vets 4 HIRE Program job postings (i.e., the general application - if posted - and any role-specific application of interest).

We can only accept applications when Vets 4 HIRE job postings are listed.


The Vets 4 HIRE Program offers participants several benefits:

  • .025 hours of sick leave accruals for each hour worked
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) medical benefits only when working 30+ hours/week
  • USERRA benefits of 21 paid days per year and pay differential
  • ORCA bus pass
  • Veteran fellows are not eligible for vacation leave, holiday pay or retirement, and medical when the position is less than 30 hours/week


King County offers offers veteran fellows, and all other employees including regular career service, appointed, temporaries and student interns, with generous Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) benefits. This includes

  • 21-days of paid uniformed services leave per military fiscal year
  • Differential pay while on active duty
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits for a uniformed services leave of absence beyond 30-calendar days (only for benefit eligible positions)
  • Continued accrual of vacation and sick leave while on uniformed services leave (only for benefit eligible positions)
For more information about USERRA benefits at King County visit the Taking Leave webpage. To learn more about USERRA visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.


For more information about the Vets 4 HIRE Program, email or call Susan Navetski, Program Manager, at 206-477-3271.

The King County Vets 4 HIRE Program is made possible by funding from the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy.

We created the Vets 4 HIRE Program to support veterans in making a successful transition from military to civilian employment and to provide a pipeline of skilled veteran talent for positions within King County.