Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 869880

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.     

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health support staff who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more


This announcement replaces VIN 866206.  This position is temporary, not to exceed one year, pending certification.  Upon certification, selectee will be eligible for conversion to permanent position.

This is an open continuous announcement.  Applications will be reviewed as positions become available.

VA Puget Sound Health Care System is looking for a qualified Peer Support Apprentice, this is a developmental position. A Peer Support Apprentice will work as a part of an interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program, performing a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist’s own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services. Functions as a role model, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for veterans in outpatient and inpatient settings. Participates in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation treatment program and functions as a full professional member of the multidisciplinary team. Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery based services that will aid the veteran in daily living. Orients veterans new to the programs in which they work about the services, hours, locations, staff and other pertinent information necessary for the veteran to understand the program and how to utilize it. Assists veterans to articulate their personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions; assists veteran to develop and implement a personal recovery plan.

Utilizing his/her personal recovery experience, the incumbent will:

-Teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience.

-Assist the veteran in exploring options for obtaining decent and affordable housing of his/her choice in the most integrated, independent and least intrusive or restrictive environment, by making referrals to appropriate VA housing programs. Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.

-Assist in obtaining services that suit the individual’s recovery needs;

-Inform veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use these in the recovery process. Community resources may include but are not limited to consumer-run self-help and mutual support services, social security office, Department of Family and Children Services, local YMCA, library, restaurants, veterans’ service organizational, apartment complexes and other types of housing, etc.

- Assist veterans in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. This will be accomplished through regular meetings, individual or group sessions through the use of role playing/modeling techniques.

-Serve as liaison with community-based consumer-run and/or consumer-supportive organizations to develop and/or foster veterans’ community integration and development of natural supports and self-reliance strategies.

-Provide support of veterans’ vocational choices and assist them in choosing a job that matches their strengths, overcoming job-related anxiety by reviewing job applications, and providing interview tips and practice sessions.

-Assist veterans in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure using such techniques as role playing.

-Perform other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm & Wednesday 11:30am - 8:00pm.

Position Description: Peer Support Apprentice, 00064-A

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


1. This is a bargaining unit position.

2. Internal VA employees will receive first consideration.