Corps recruiting efforts shift online during COVID-19

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District
Published May 8, 2020

From downtown Sacramento to Utah and more locations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is looking for qualified applicants to join our dynamic team.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has greatly affected current practices and procedures for many companies. Many have been hit so hard that not only are they not hiring, they have been forced to reduce their workforce, or perhaps shutter businesses completely. However, a quick check online also reveals that there are many companies still at work, still producing, and yes, still hiring. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of them.

The Corps of Engineers’ mission is to “deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.” That means USACE doesn’t take time off during hurricanes, earthquakes, wartime, or even a pandemic. It also means the USACE continues to need qualified workers to help fulfill its mission.

Sacramento District's ability to attend face-to-face job fairs will be hampered in the near future since Coronavirus prevention measures still require social distancing. But USACE officials aren’t letting COVID-19 prevent them from finding good people looking for a rewarding career. Instead, they’re turning to the increasingly necessary practice of virtual career fairs.

“Virtual career fairs aren’t anything new, but COVID-19 has forced increasing numbers of career fair events to turn to virtual platforms,” said Emily Whitfield, Sacramento District’s workforce management specialist. “I’ve been receiving an increasing number of invitations from schools hosting various online events.”

In fact, since the pandemic began, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has participated in several career fairs, each hosted in a virtual chat room-based environment, said Whitfield. Instead of job seekers attending their university’s physical job fairs, USACE representatives attend virtually and are able to seek qualified prospective employees. 

Technology has been reshaping the job fair landscape and hiring practices of companies for years, but the precautions mandated to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have pushed online hiring to the forefront.

If you are interested in working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, you can find an abundance of information and details on how to join our team, right at your fingertips.