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Wainwright seeks to hire more than 200 civilians
   

Connie Storch
Fort Wainwright PAO

The hiring process has already begun for more than 200 new civilian jobs to be filled at Fort Wainwright within the next year.

The civil service workforce is growing because Fort Wainwright has become a direct reporting garrison with the Installation Management Command–Pacific region.

Until recently, Fort Wainwright was a subordinate post under the garrison commander at Fort Richardson within United States Army Garrison Alaska, explained Chris Putnam of Fort Wainwright Plans and Operations.

“What it means to Soldiers and their families,” said Col. Timothy A. Jones, Fort Wainwright garrison commander, is the post will “directly provide services to Soldiers and families that may have been offered by Fort Richardson previously.

“To a large extent, the changes will be transparent, as Fort Richardson has been able to provide great, quality services to Soldiers across Alaska,” he continued.

Previously, many functions were consolidated and accomplished at Fort Richardson as a “corporate” entity, Putnam explained in an e-mail. For example, manning and control of the servicing offices of the Resource Management, Plans, Analysis and Integration Office and Internal Control were under the auspices of the garrison command in Alaska, with the lead managers or sole contact at Fort Richardson, providing services to both posts.

The required functions will now be staffed and embedded at Fort Wainwright under a standard garrison organization template for a large garrison.

The hiring process is ongoing, Putnam said, as the recruitment process began earlier this year and will continue through the fall of 2009.

“Recruit actions are split between fiscal years 2008 and 2009, with roughly 100 programmed each fiscal year,” Putnam said. He went on to explain that employees from many different areas of expertise are being sought to support the standalone garrison.

According to Jones, the search for quality employees has been successful.

New hires have come from “all over the world…and we’re promoting from within,” he said, bringing new energy to the installation.

“We’re excited about the way ahead,” Jones said of the transition to a standardized garrison.

According to Putnam, the positions being filled run the gambit of general schedule, professional and administrative equivalent series and include a few wage grade and trades positions. Secretaries, program managers, auditors, attorneys, engineers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, aircraft refuelers and mechanics are among the many career specialties being sought.

Establishment, recruitment and filling of positions will be accomplished within civilian personnel hiring rules, said Dana Duval of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

“The area of consideration will be determined based on our experience recruiting for like positions. All positions will be open to current Army employees,” Duval said. “Many positions will be open to accept applications from candidates that have never worked as a civilian employee or are not veterans’ preference eligible. The vacancy announcements will specify from whom applications are being accepted.”

Alvinia Quarles, Employment Readiness Program manager, said the majority of jobs currently being filled at Fort Wainwright are at the Commissary; AAFES; Child and Youth Services; Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities; Bassett Army Community Hospital; and with several contractors.

In fact, ERP extends its coordination beyond Army installations to the Fairbanks community, with an eye toward helping those in need of employment maximize the hunt for the best possible position, Quarles explained.

Assistance with building or updating resumes, employment workshops and appointments for individual aid to help job seekers looking for work on or off post is available through the ERP at both forts Richardson and Wainwright.

Resumes and self-nominations for positions must be submitted online at acpol.army.mil/employment.

For information and available services at the Fort Richardson ERP in Bldg. 600, call 384-6716. For the ERP at Fort Wainwright, visit the Welcome Center in Bldg. 3401 or call Alvinia Quarles at 353-4327.