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Homeland security job leads and employment research resources for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its divisions are listed below. Under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, several Federal government agencies or one or more of their divisions officially moved under the DHS. To search and apply for homeland security jobs with the DHS or its divisions, you'd do so through the appropriate agencies or USAJobs listed below. Homeland security jobs include entry-level, internship, contract and consulting opportunities, and fall under one or more of the following DHS directorates.

  • Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures
  • Border and Transportation Security
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response

But homeland security jobs are not just in government or only with the DHS and its divisions. Several Federal and state government agencies, and many private-sector employers are involved in homeland security to some degree (as we all must be from now on). In turn, many government agencies and private-sector employers seek workers who have or are eligible to obtain a security clearance, especially those working in information technology.

So, we've included commercial job banks that specifically offer government or private-sector jobs requiring security clearances. To cover the gamut, we've also included popular commercial job banks that offer government jobs among those in the private sector. See Job Banks for a wider range of commercial and government job banks.

Did you know? Qualified ex-military members are entitled to veterans' preference in hiring and retention for government jobs, including homeland security jobs.

Border Patrol
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is better known as the Border Patrol, the mobile, uniformed, law-enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security. Its homeland security job role is the detection and prevention of smuggling (e.g., weapons and explosives) and entry of terrorists into the United States.

Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Investigates passport and visa fraud, and protects the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. Employment is through the Department of State, for which this bureau conducts personnel security investigations (job security clearances).

Capitol Police
Protects life and property, prevents, detects and investigates criminal acts, and enforces traffic regulations, all throughout a large complex of congressional buildings, parks, and thoroughfares in the nation's capitol.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The leading Federal agency for disease prevention and control in the U.S. and overseas. Its primary homeland security job role is to prevent, minimize and respond to bioterrorism.

Central Intelligence Agency
Browse high-tech, science, engineering, clandestine, analytical, medical, psychiatric, professional and many other government jobs with the CIA. The CIA also offers Undergraduate Student Trainee (co-op), Internship, and Graduate Studies Programs.

Citizenship and Immigration Services
Formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service under the Department of Justice, its now under the Department of Homeland Security. Its primary homeland security task is to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. and track down those who have already entered. Homeland security jobs are through USAJobs (listed below).

Coast Guard Civilian Jobs
The leading maritime law-enforcement agency in the U.S. was part of the Department of Transportation, but it's now with the Department of Homeland Security. Coast Guard homeland security jobs fall under the Border and Transportation Security Directorate. As indicated, this links to its civilian jobs section. See Military Jobs for links to information about enlisting for active or reserve duty.

Computer Security Clearance JobsTop Job Bank (Most Popular) - Click For More
The Security Clearance specialty job bank at the U.S. national site of, the hub for their state, city and specialty job banks. Search here or go to the hub (homepage) and link to your state's job bank, to search for computer jobs requiring security clearances. Offers resume posting, salary info and lots of other resources for information technology professionals.

Customs Service
Enforces laws related to drug smuggling, money laundering, child pornography, illegal arms trade, cyber-crimes, and homeland security. Its homeland security jobs fall under Border and Transportation Security.

Defense Talent Network
Job bank focused exclusively on direct and contract defense, aerospace, and homeland security jobs offered by companies and recruiters worldwide. Not affiliated with the military or government. But many of the jobs it lists are with companies that have military or government contracts.

Department of Agriculture
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Plum Island Animal Disease Center serve the Homeland Security Department. Among other things, related homeland security jobs are to protect food supplies from pathological contamination by terrorists. Jobs are through USAJobs.

Department of Defense
Functions transferred to the Department of Homeland Security include the National Communications System (now the Office of Emergency Communications) and National Bio-Weapons Defense Analysis Center. Homeland security jobs fall under Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Countermeasures. Homeland security jobs are through USAJobs.

Department of Energy
Among other programs and activities, its National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center is under the Homeland Security Department. The Center conducts its research through the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. Homeland security jobs are related to computer modeling and analysis of the nation's at-risk energy infrastructures, to predict the impact of potential terrorist-related disasters.

Department of Homeland Security
Officially established as a Federal government agency when President Bush signed the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The mission of the DHS is to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur. As you might expect, it employs for homeland security jobs (including technical jobs). This page explains.

Department of Health and Human Services
Work for the U.S. government agency that protects the health of all Americans. Comprised of 27 separate components, several of which serve the Department of Homeland Security under the Act of 2002. Includes info on jobs, and paid and volunteer student internships.

Department of Justice
Government jobs with the DOJ, plus links to Civil Service and student employment opportunities and internships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Marshal Service and Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Department of State
Info for becoming a foreign service officer, foreign service specialist, diplomat in residence, civil service officer, etc. Includes law enforcement and homeland security jobs. Provides internships and other student programs.

Dice Security Clearance JobsTop Job Bank (Most Popular) - Click For More is a technical job bank, leaning toward software, biotech, aerospace, engineering, and related employee and contract jobs. It's not a government Web site; but, they've implemented this special site for those of you searching for government and private-sector technical jobs, that require confidential, secret or top-secret security clearances.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Learn about FBI special agent and support careers, and internship and entry-level programs. The FBI is part of the Department of Justice. Functions of its National Domestic Preparedness Office and National Infrastructure Protection Center were transferred to the Homeland Security Department. But you can bet that the rest of the FBI is still heavily involved in homeland security.

Federal Emergency Management Administration
Homeland security jobs in disaster preparation, response and recovery. Recovering from the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. is a prime example of the work FEMA does.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Provides interagency training of Federal law enforcement personnel. Trains the majority of all Federal officers and agents for over 70 Federal agencies, and provides training to state, local and international police in selected advanced programs.

Federal Protective Service
A law enforcement and security organization that provides a safe environment in which Federal agencies can conduct business. Reduces threats posed against Federal facilities ranging from terrorism to workplace violence. Its functions are now part of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service), which is under the Department of Homeland Security.

The government's official Web portal for locating just about everything "government." Includes Federal, state, local and tribunal government resources.

Food and Drug Administration
Protects the health and welfare of American consumers, through science and law enforcement. Its homeland security job roles include analyzing food samples, protecting the blood supply, investigating drug tampering, following up on import enforcement needs, and supporting domestic inspections. Computer, science, medical, administrative, homeland security and other government job opportunities at the FDA are through USAJobs (listed below).

General Services Administration
Among other things, the GSA supplies the government with just about all its core needs for conducting business, including buildings, office furniture and equipment, computer networks, and vehicles.

Government Jobs at Job.comTop Job Bank (Most Popular) - Click For More
This popular, U.S. job bank with a primo domain name offers many types of direct, entry-level and consulting jobs in most industries, including government. Search for government jobs, post multiple resumes confidentially, receive job notification by email, and access career resources for job seekers.

Guide to Getting a Government Job
Tips to help you navigate the government job application process, courtesy of Exchange Net. Just helpful info, not a government Web site.

Intelligence Community Employment
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) provides this informational page about careers with U.S. government intelligence agencies. Natch, intelligence agencies play a huge role in homeland security these days.

National Infrastructure Protection Center
America's "cyber-cops" investigate illegal acts involving computer and information technologies. Under the Homeland Security Act, this agency was rolled into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It collaborates with the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team, which is also part of the DHS.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
A non-regulatory federal agency within the of the Department of Commerce. Its Computer Security Division serves the Department of Homeland Security.

National Security Agency
The NSA offers government jobs in intelligence, security, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, cryptanalysis, signal analysis and foreign languages. Also offers education-related employment and training programs for college and high school students.

Office of Personnel Management
As the "The Federal Government's Human Resources Agency," it's the central hiring authority for many Federal agencies. Jobs are listed by USAJobs, the central government job bank on the Web (listed below).

Park Police
Provides law enforcement services to designated areas within the National Park Service, part of the Department of the Interior. Its homeland security job duties include protecting the President and visiting dignitaries, and preventing terrorist attacks on national monuments and memorials.

Secret Service
A Federal law enforcement agency within the Homeland Security Department. The mission of the Secret Service includes protecting current and former Presidents and Vice Presidents and their immediate families, and visiting foreign heads of state.

State Government Jobs
Link to state Department of Labor Offices, which often list state government jobs or resources for same. Some include county, city, municipal and local resources too, many of which have duties related to homeland security jobs. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor.

State Government Jobs
Links to state government job resources from The Job Source, a non-government site. Some state government agencies in all states have homeland security duties.

State Homeland Security Contact List
To find state homeland security jobs, start by looking up the agency or official in your state responsible for supporting the U.S. Homeland Security Department. Courtesy of the White House Web site.

Student Government Jobs
A joint project between the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Department of Education, just for high school and college students. Search for Federal employment, including apprenticeships, internships, co-op work-study programs, and temporary and summer opportunities. Also build an online resume you can print locally, research Federal agencies, and receive new opportunities by email.

TechExpo Top Secret
Not a government agency. But it does schedule job fairs for candidates with security clearances, including information technology professionals, encryption, intelligence and communications specialists, engineers, analysts, linguists, military personnel, and others. Jobs typically require at least two years experience.

Transportation Security Administration
The government formed the TSA after the September 11 terrorists attacks, to better protect America's transportation systems. Among other things, its employment section points to transportation security and related homeland security jobs through USA Jobs, the U.S. Government's official job bank (listed below). Also lists airport security jobs (transportation security screener positions).

The U.S. Government's official, central site for local, city, state and Federal government jobs. (It lists many government jobs, but not all, as some agencies do their own hiring.) It's important to follow Uncle Sam's application instructions to the letter. If you find the government application process as confusing as many do, it's a good idea to hire a professional resume writing service to help you meet the strict, documental requirements. Avoid companies that promise to make it easier or guarantee you'll land a government job by paying a fee, as they're likely scams.

Veterans' Preference Advisor
If you're a veteran or disabled veteran of the U.S. military, use this simple online gizmo by the Department of Labor to determine your eligibility for veterans' hiring preference in government jobs. When you apply for Federal jobs online or otherwise, the hiring agencies will likely ask where you stand in the point system. Prepare in advance right here. Does not require registration.

White House Jobs
About employment and internships with the Executive Office of the President. Both are listed by USAJobs.

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