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Jobs and careers

Build your career with us at the VA Altoona Healthcare System. You’ll become part of the nation’s largest health care team, earn great benefits, and enjoy a balanced lifestyle. Working with us is much more than a career. It’s a way to show your passion for serving Veterans.

Apply for a job at the VA Altoona Healthcare System

When you’re ready to apply, just follow the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” instructions in each job announcement. They’re your primary guide for responding to our openings. Except for a few health care jobs, most positions require online applications. So, it’s important to fully complete the online application process to receive your email confirmation. If you need help or have questions, please call or email the person listed in the “Agency Contact Information” section near the bottom of the announcement.

Now is an exciting time to become a nurse at James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center. For more information, please call our human resources office at 877-626-2500, ext. 17039

You can visit USAJOBS  to see all our current openings, and visit the VA careers page to learn more about the application process. Pay close attention to the additional forms needed if you’re a federal employee requesting a transfer or reassignment or seeking Veterans’ preference.

Apply for a job through Veteran Recruitment Appointment

Veteran Recruitment Appointment (VRA) lets us hire eligible Veterans without competition for positions through pay level GS-11. The GS-11 pay grade is typically for mid-level positions held by civilian government employees.

How to apply through VRA

Submit your resume and supporting documents by email, fax, or mail to:

James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
Human Resources
2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Building 7
Altoona, PA 16602

What to include

  • Your resume
  • A copy of your DD-214 military discharge paperwork
  • SF-15, if you’re claiming 10-point preference for a service-connected disability
  • VA disability letter, if you have a service-connected disability 

Learn more about eligibility and requirements for Veteran Recruitment Appointment

Explore VA careers

Visit the VA careers page to easily find VA jobs searching by location or keywords.
Check out USAJOBS to see current VA openings in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Contact us

Our human resources department is located at:

2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Building 7
Altoona, PA 16602 

Phone: 877-626-2500, ext. 17039