Overseas Seasonal Hire Program (OSHP)

The U.S. Mission in Sydney is seeking students for the “summer” Overseas Seasonal Hire Program to work in the Consulate.


We will be offering Eligible Family Member (EFM) high school and college students, aged 16-21, the opportunity to work at the U.S. Consulate General Sydney through the Overseas Seasonal Hire Program (OSHP). The OSHP is designed to facilitate the employment of students and to provide clerical and administrative support to the Mission during the U.S. winter vacation season.


The OSHP is available from May 1, 2020 (TBC), pending security clearance, to September 30, 2020. Exact dates and length of program will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate. To be eligible for consideration in the program, applicants must be available to work for a minimum of two (2) consecutive weeks during that timeframe.


All salary payments will be made electronically by direct deposit (EFT) and students will need a bank account in their own name (a joint account with a parent is acceptable). As a matter of equity and fairness, the Department has established standard rates of pay for the OSHP. Much of the work to be performed is of a routine clerical nature and post will employ OSHP on the 2020 FS Extended Salary Scale pay schedule (based on a Full-time (40 hours/week), 40-hour work week) restricted to the FP-EE/1 (minimum wage) through FP-AA levels commensurate with the candidate’s education or experience. See 2020 FS Extended Pay Schedule for details regarding the pay scale. The minimum qualification requirements are:

(1) FP-EE: High school student – $7.27/hour
(2) FP-DD: High school graduate or general equivalency diploma (GED), and/or
three months of clerical work experience – $9.15/hour
(3) FP-CC: Meet FP-DD criteria plus 1 year of college, or 6 months of clerical work
experience – $10.29/hour
(4) FP-BB: Meet FP-DD criteria plus 2 years of college, or 1 year of clerical work
experience – $11.23/hour and
(5) FP-AA: Meet FP-DD criteria plus 3 years of college, or more than 1 year of
clerical – $12.61/hour


To be eligible to participate in the OSHP, applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:
(1) Applicant must either:

 Meet the definition of EFM child, as set forth in 3 FAM 7120; or
 Be a child undertaking the travel for which a U.S. government employee is authorized to receive an Educational Travel Allowance, as set forth in DSSR 280, if that child were to undertake study at a school away from post.

Except that in all cases, the applicant must be at least 16 years of age prior to beginning employment at post.


(2) Student Status: Must be a full-time or part-time student currently enrolled in a course of study at a high school, college, university, or other educational institution, including on-line. Upon request, applicants must be able to present documentation confirming their student status. Student status does not cease during the break between school years if the break does not exceed twelve (12) months and if the applicant can produce documentation of enrolment for a course of study at a high school, college, university, or other educational institution, including on-line, which will begin immediately after the break.


(3) A U.S. government employee is not receiving a Voluntary or Involuntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (VSMA/ISMA) to assist with expenses for the applicant.

NOTE: Under the OSHP, employees are only eligible to work at the U.S. mission abroad where their sponsoring employee is assigned (not TDY).


The Regional Human Resources Officer will match applicants to a position that most closely suits their interests and background.


Interested applicants must complete a Universal Application for Employment UAE DS-174 (PDF 82KB) and U.S. Summer Hire Application Form (PDF 163KB) and submit to the Human Resources Office (SydneyHR@state.gov) by COB, March 26, 2020.

NOTE:  Applicants must specify which opportunities they are interested in and the dates they are available to work in their application.


Community Liaison Office Assistant
Duties include: Assist with writing and publishing the Sydney Stickybeak newsletter; help plan and host community events; and research and prepare administrative tasks as needed.

Overseas Building Operations Assistant
Duties include: assist in engineering inspections, document construction activities, organizing contract documents and assisting the office manager with procurement, ordering of office supplies and the coordination of day to day office operations.

Front Office Administrative Assistant
Duties include: Supporting the Front Office with the day to day office operations including scheduling appointments. Assisting the Protocol section and help in preparation for the Consulate move.


 Universal Application for Employment UAE Form DS-174 (PDF 82KB) and Summer Hire Application Form (PDF 194KB).
 (If applicable), Candidates must provide evidence of their eligibility to work in Australia by providing a copy of their work visa or permit, or residency.



Human Resources Office
POC: Monique Maynard
Email: SydneyHR@state.gov
Only electronic applications will be accepted.


The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status
or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts
for relief.