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How can a veteran get a job in Homeland Security with background in Hazmat/WMD?


chris wilkinson Richmond, VA

Background as a veteran includes trained in use of MOPP level PPE, IED recognition, deployment to Afghanistan. VDEM certified Hazmat tech. Attended Nuke/Rad school in Las Vegas and Incident response to terrorist bombing school in New mexico. Taking classes online via ASU for Criminal Justice degree with Homeland security certificate. Fireman/EMT for 11 yrs.

4 February 2018 3 replies Career Advancement



chris wilkinson Richmond, VA

I am registered with USAJobs and some other security clearance job sites. I just registered with Govevents in effort to begin networking at job fairs. I have seen some contract positions on bases in the DMV area. I would rather purse a federal than contract position. Would you advise to take a contract position in order to get into a federal one? Thank you for your willingness to help.



Duke Khadan Sawh Keyport, NJ

Hi Chris,

While there are many contractor sites for DHS jobs, here is a DHS link to which you can connect directly and do a search:

Good Luck.

Duke Khadan Sawh
B.S., M.A. (Hon)
Chief, Emergency Operations Officer,
US Army, Ret.


Deb Yeagle Tampa, FL

Hi Chris-
Thanks for your service!
I would love to help you with your job search. Do you have a preference for becoming Federal Government employee with DHS or taking a Government contractor position in private industry with firms currently supporting DHS?

If looking for Government positions, I assume you have registered on USAJobs and have started looking for open positions? If so then send me your resume and job announcement and I can give you tips on how to submit your application.

If looking for contractor positions, then send me a private message and I can make several recommendations for companies in the DC area that do this type of work.

Thanks again-

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