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Overseas Seasonal Hire Program (OSHP) Sydney


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

OPEN TO:                        Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) – All Agencies

 POSITION:                       Overseas Seasonal Hire Program (OSHP)

OPENING DATE:            March 22, 2023

CLOSING DATE:             March 31, 2023


WORK HOURS:              To be determined (Due to budgetary constraints participants   may only be offered part-time work)

SALARY:       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 2023 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.

The minimum qualification requirements are:

  1. FP-EE: High school student (not yet graduated)- $7.27/hour
  2. FP-DD: High school diploma/GED* and three (3) months of work experience – $10.09/hour
  3. FP-CC: High School diploma/GED* and six (6) months of work experience – or one (1) year of college – $11.35/hour
  4. FP-BB: High school diploma/GED* and one (1) year of work experience -or two 2 years of college – $12.38/hour
  5. FP-AA: High school diploma/GED* and two (2) years of experience -or three (3) years of college – $13.90/hour


EMPLOYMENT DATES: The OSHP will begin on or about May 1, 2023 and end on or about September 30, 2023.  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.


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. summer vacation season.


To be eligible to participate in the OSHP, applicants must meet ALL the following requirements:

(1) Applicant must either:

    • Meet the definition of EFM child, as set forth in 3 FAM7120; 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
    • Eligible EFM students must be able to travel into Australia on a valid visa.  Please note that DFAT currently does not/not issue diplomatic 995 visas for EFM college students over the age of 21.

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


  1. 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 enrollment 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.


  1. 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.


Available Opportunities

GSO Activities Assistant                                  Full or Part-Time   05/01 through 09/30

  Duties include: Assist GSO team with any of the following:

  • Assist housing team with video documentation of our residential properties and neighborhoods
  • Assist with the development of standard operating procedures
  • Help with inventory and assess the condition of residential furniture and appliances
  • Support VIP visits by tracking procurements and costs, tracking flight schedules, and helping coordinate vehicle convoys
  • Support Fourth of July reception planning by helping review Statements of Work and helping track budgets/expenses

Mail Assistant                                               Full or Part-Time           05/01 through 09/30

Duties include: Assist with the following unclassified mailroom activities under the supervision of the mail clerk:

  • Collect and process mail
  • Security screen mail, as necessary
  • Distribute mail to customers
  • Assist customers with mail related

IT Assistant                                                  Full or Part-Time  05/01 through 09/30

   Duties include: Assist the IT team with any of the following:

  • Deploy equipment to conference rooms
  • Create signage displays and presentation products for our customers
  • Search out equipment as part of the rollout of a new inventory system
  • Document IT equipment management and loans
  • Develop SharePoint applications and support services


Interested applicants must complete a Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (DS-174) and Summer Hire Application Form. Submit to the completed forms to Human Resources Office by COB, March 31, 2023.

SEND APPLICATIONS TO: Human Resources Office

Email: Sydrecruitment@state.gov

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