Job opportunities in The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division has a headquarters office in Cincinnati, Ohio and seven district offices. Click on the locations in the map to see available job opportunities for each office.

Work for USACE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Our 32,000 employees—primarily civilian—are delivering positive impacts for today and tomorrow.

Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families, supporting overseas contingency operations, developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians, providing disaster relief, and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

It’s an exciting time to work for the Corps. We offer challenging professional, technical and administrative assignments in the U.S. and abroad—each building on a strong tradition of public service extending back more than 200 years.

The Corps also offers education reimbursement, certificate programs, professional and leadership development as well as mentoring programs. We support and nurture the growth of our employees and provide the tools to ensure superior performance in all our missions. At the Corps, your opportunities are limitless.

Download a copy of our BUILDING STRONG People brochure and find out more about our civilian occupations.


Established in 1886, the Louisville District employees about 1,100 people in the five-state area of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.



Becoming a Student Intern

USACE delivers vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with our partners, to secure our Nation, energize our economy, and reduce disaster risk. USACE Louisville District is a large employer of architects, engineers and scientists (not to mention several other disciplines) that execute military, environmental and civil works missions of more than $1B annually. Our multidisciplined team supports regional and national customers by providing best engineering practices and innovative solutions to our Nation’s toughest challenges. The district’s recruiting goal is to identify and hire the best engineering students, work with them to build competency in the area of their interest, and ultimately hire the student as a permanent employee once they have graduated from qualifying education institutions. Come join our world-class team!

Recognition Program Awards:
2022 Employer of Choice - American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
2021 Employer of Choice – J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville

Benefits: Through your career with USACE there are many federal and local benefits. Learn more here

Read a news story about our student intern program here

Additional information can be found below. 


1. Do you have to be an engineer to work for USACE? No, our workforce includes park rangers, biologists, architects, lock and dam operators, scientists and much more. Together everyone plays a valuable role within our organization. 

2. Do you have to be a Solider, or in the Army, to work for USACE? No, USACE currently employs more than 33,000 civilians and 800 military personnel. 

3. Does USACE only build things? No, we are proud to have contributed to some of the nation's great landmarks including the Washington Monument and the Capitol Dome, but our missions also extends to other areas such as research and development, recreation, and support to emergency responses. 

4. What kind of benefits are available? You can learn about our benefits here. We also have 11 paid federal holidays, annual and sick leave, retirement benefits, thrift savings plans, alternate work schedules, telework opportunities and more. 

Civilian Personnel Advisory Center

The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) provides personnel services to a workforce of approximately 1,300 employees. It provides human resources management advisory and assistance services necessary to recruit, compensate, train, develop, utilize, and retain a qualified workforce for three separate Corps of Engineers commands and a Military Entrance Processing Station.

U.S. Army Engineer District, Louisville
P.O. Box 59
Louisville, KY 40201-0059

(502) 315-6166

Sample Civilian Occupations

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 0025, Park Ranger



As the nation’s largest Federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ more than 420 lake and river projects in 43 states provide more than 7,700 miles of land and water trail systems.   Park rangers protect the nation’s natural recreation facilities and its visitors.  Park Rangers provide support for the preservation of these natural resources by managing recreational grounds and educating visitors through environmental outreach programs.   Park Ranger employees ensure the safety and enjoyment of USACE recreation facilities for visitors of all ages and help local students and citizens learn about the natural and man-made resources they manage.


 0401, Biologists



Biologists conduct surveys, studies, and assessments of various natural habitats and water resources.  They ensure programs and environmental activities are in compliance with laws and regulatory programs, such as the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, etc.  USACE Biologists throughout the United States conduct activities to preserve wildlife and aquatic habitats, monitor nuisance vegetation and invasive species, and act as environmental consultants.


 0401, Natural Resources Specialists


The U.S. Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest provider of outdoor and water-based recreation and with more than 456 parks in 43 states.  Natural Resources Specialists develop and oversee activities designed to manage, conserve, protect and restore the nation’s land, water and wildlife resources.   Natural Resources Specialists manage environmental programs and projects consistent with ecosystem management principles.   Programs include management of fisheries, wildlife habitats, forestry, shoreline plans, reservoirs, and ensuring compliance and stewardship with environmental laws and regulations. 


 0503 Financial Technician

Financial Technicians are responsible for providing budget, accounting, clerical and administrative support and management assistance to the analysts, accountants, and staff to increase the efficiency of project and office operations.

 0510 Accountant
Accountants provide advice, assistance, and perform review, analysis, and evaluation of existing and proposed accounting practices to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Financial management functions
 0560 Budget Analyst

Budget Analysts perform a variety of budgetary and administrative function in implementing the district's budgetary process, policies and procedures.

 0802, Engineering Technician



 Engineering technicians provide technical assistance and support for USACE civil, military, and environmental projects.   Engineering technicians review project plans and specifications, forecast resource requirements, provide technical advice to inspectors, and gather pertinent technical data towards the completion of projects.


 0808, Architects


As the oldest and largest construction agency, The U.S. Corps of Engineers has designed and developed key historical structures throughout the United States.  Major developments by USACE include the Washington Monument, The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorial, headquarters of The American Red Cross, the Pentagon, and many other building projects.  Architects oversee the design, development and review of drawings, manuals, and specifications for various worldwide facilities.  Architectural projects include housing facilities, dining facilities, child development centers, hospitals, safety and protection criteria, and historical preservation. 


 0809, Construction Control Technician/Representatives


Construction control technicians inspect and monitor construction operations for compliance of contracts, scheduling, and quality assurance.  These positions primarily review plans, materials and workmanship to ensure operations are executed in accordance with project specifications.  Construction control technicians work in an inspector and representative capacity. 


 0810, Civil Engineers


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the world’s premier public engineering, design, and construction management agencies.  Civil engineers plan, design, construct, and maintain the nation’s water resources, Army installations, and numerous other Federal and local projects.  USACE civil engineering projects include the design and development of major highways, airfields, hospitals, laboratories, dams, levees, powerhouses, embankments, and various military installation facilities. 


 0817, Survey Technician


Survey technicians perform surveys on the layout and inspection of operations for civil building projects, natural disasters, and hydrographic and land based projects.  Survey technicians collect field data to prepare navigational charts and sketch maps.  Survey data collected is instrumental in the design and construction of major highways, waterways, facilities, and economical structures.


 0819, Environmental Engineers


As the nation’s environmental engineers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages one of the largest federal environmental missions: restoring degraded ecosystems, constructing sustainable facilities, regulating waterways, managing natural resources, and cleaning up contaminated sites from past military activities.  Environmental engineers conduct assessments of existing facilities and infrastructure, environment habitats, resources and natural water systems to develop ways of mitigating degradation to the environment.


 0830, Mechanical Engineers


Mechanical engineers design and construct mechanical systems utilized for major industrial, environmental, and architectural structures.  They restore the environment, repair and construct new machinery, pumping, piping, hydraulic systems, gas lines, heating, ventilation, and water treatment facilities.  USACE mechanical engineers also find new energy solutions for the future.


 0850, Electrical Engineers


Electrical engineers design complex power systems utilized in major structures such as dams, signal circuits, electrical power installations, and power grids and systems.  They also design electrical systems for office building, dining facilities, maintenance shops, and hospitals. Electrical engineers seek out innovative electrical solutions for generations in the Army and the Nation.


 1102 Procurement Analyst

Procurement Analyst interpret higher-level contracting policy and directives, and provides guidance and assistance in the execution and administration of highly complex procurements for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A Procurement Analyst is considered a Subject Matter Expert and Technical Authority responsible for conducting comprehensive reviews of contracting office work products.

 1102, Contracting Specialist


Contract specialists play an integral role in the formulation, acquisition, and execution of high value contracts for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects.  Contract specialists serve as decision makers responsible for the proposal, negotiation, and awarding of contracts with government partners.


 1170, Realty Specialists


Realty specialists acquire, manage, and dispose of property relating to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other Federal entities.  Realty specialists oversee and perform global property negotiations with landowners to acquire and upgrade facilities; advise on cost and asset information for projects; and ensure transactions are executed in accordance with real estate policies and procedures.  USACE realty programs include the Joint Facilities Recruiting Program, the Homeowners Assistance Program, BRAC acquisitions and disposal, and the Defense National Relocation Program.


 5426, Lock and Dam Operators


The U.S. Corps of Engineers owns and operates more than 600 dams located throughout the United States.  Lock and Dam operators are responsible for the operation of navigation lock and dam equipment and machinery to allow river traffic to pass through the locks.  The work of lock and dam operators is essential in allowing water to pass between different levels of elevation between bodies of water, and in order to maintain pool levels.


Equal Employment Opportunity Office

The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office administers a comprehensive EEO program for the River and Lakes Division. The implementation of the Affirmative Employment Program, Special Emphasis Program, Alternative Dispute Program, etc., is accomplished by the EEO Office which consists of the EEO Manager, two EEO Specialists, one EEO Assistant and supported by six Special Emphasis Program Managers. The EEO Office provides information and direction on discrimination, Affirmative Employment, Special Emphasis and training for the district and Division and manages the Corps of Engineers' Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program for both informal and formal complaints.

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