While you may immediately associate careers at VA with clinical roles and medical professions, there are a number of entry-level jobs that keep the wheels running smoothly.

Let’s take a look at five unique positions that you might not have realized are available on our team.

Administrative assistant

You’ll find administrative assistants in nearly every department at VA, working to assist administrative leadership and professional staff with clerical duties.

As an administrative assistant, you’ll have a healthy dose of responsibilities in your day-to-day work, as you’ll be integral to the smooth management of your department. Policies, budgets, fiscal management, personnel, logistics or even property management may fall to you in your daily duties.

Motor vehicle operator

Drive patient transport vehicles – including emergency vehicles, vans, buses and more – as a motor vehicle operator.

You’ll shuttle Veterans to and from VA Medical Center facilities, private health care facilities, Veteran’s homes or even railways, bus stations or airports. You might be called upon to operate cars, station wagons, vans, pick-ups and panel, stake or open-bed trucks.

In addition to driving, you will be responsible for the maintenance of your vehicles, both interior and exterior, keeping them in a clean and serviceable condition for your passengers. Inspecting your vehicles for wear and tear and reporting concerns to the appropriate department also falls under your responsibilities.

Prosthetic representative

A prosthetic representative helps provide prosthetic and sensory aids services to Veterans. They also work directly with Veterans and clinical teams to assist Veterans in applying for automobile adaptive equipment, home improvement and structural alterations, and clothing allowances.

You may also conduct home visits with other health care providers to assess a Veteran’s home for upgrades or equipment necessary to improving patient quality of life. Record-keeping is also a large part of the job, as you will be responsible for providing documentation management surrounding your efforts to assist Veterans.

Recreation therapist

Provide recreation therapy and diversional activities for the residents of VA’s Community Living Centers as a recreation therapist.

You’ll need a general understanding of the leisure needs of a variety of patient populations to evaluate the history, interests and skills of patients to establish better guidelines for individual projects.

You’ll also administer and interpret a wide variety of creative skills tests and interviews to evaluate mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical capabilities of patients. The ability to motivate others is essential, as you may need to encourage not only your patients, but those who assist you with the care of these Veterans, too.

Transportation assistant

A transportation assistant reviews and authorizes travel and lodging requests for Veterans traveling from their home to VA medical appointments.

As a transportation assistant, you may find yourself providing and coordinating transportation through VA resources or non-VA common carriers. You may also be making reservations for lodging for Veterans and their families, making sure all the necessary paperwork is complete to make their trip as smooth as possible.

Work at VA

Roles like these – whether administrativetechnical or support – may not immediately come to mind when you think of VA, but these roles are important to VA and the Veterans we serve. Browse these careers and more as your first step toward a career at VA.

NOTE: Positions listed in this post were open at the time of publication. All current available positions are listed at USAJobs.gov.

By VA Careers

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Published on Nov. 12, 2021

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  1. Kathy November 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    At our VA, transportation drivers are either DAV volunteers, or drivers for a contract service, so not VA employees. We do have entry level positions for transporters, who are people who push gurneys and wheelchairs with patients to clinics, appointments, tests, etc. within the hospital, and also transport specimens to the lab from the wards.

    Recreation therapists are not an entry level job. Most have a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, plus an unpaid internship as a recreation therapist. Recreation therapy assistants may not have such a degree.

    Other entry level jobs may include grounds keepers, food service workers (delivering meals to patient wards), clerks at the hospital store, and receptionists in clinic areas. Rarely do these jobs get filled with non-Veterans.

  2. Missy November 16, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    I’m currently 100% would I be able to work at VA without losing benefits ie: VA & SSD

  3. Wilford L McNeil November 15, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    I am going to send my son the site so he can fill out a application. I wish I could work but I have a 100% rating, I am a paralegal and also admin clerk,I wish I could work. But I am trying to get my son in thank you, you may use my # as a contact

  4. Wilford L McNeil November 15, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    I already left a comment in reference to my son getting a job. He is looking he will start at entry level but he is looking for career he has 5 children and he is looking to get a apartment and transportation so he can get his children.

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